lawn tennis


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Recent Examples on the Web While late-19th-century lawn tennis was first played in darker garden-party garb of silk dresses and full-on suits, cool, forgiving and status-y white began its ascent when the sport became more rigorous and competitive. Dana Wood, WSJ, 30 July 2021 But while grass court tennis is considered traditional — the sport was originally called lawn tennis, after all — Wimbledon’s offering of indoor grass court tennis is newfangled. New York Times, 30 June 2021 The lawn tennis association also announced executive pay cuts and employee furloughs. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, 16 Apr. 2020 The game had been codified, in the nineteen-twenties, by a British banker named Ivor Montagu, who was a communist, and who believed in the game as a suitably proletarian alternative to such aristocratic pursuits as lawn tennis and polo. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2019 Men in suits and women in long dresses playing lawn tennis. Anna Purna Kambhampaty, Time, 5 Sep. 2019 The new games deemed suitable for mixed company, such as lawn tennis and golf, were far less taxing — and therefore far less likely to lead to noticeable improvements in fitness. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 6 July 2018 Even at Wimbledon, the home of lawn tennis, updates of England's goals were spread by fans watching or listening to the match on their cell phones. Steve Douglas,, 7 July 2018 Grass was once the primary surface for the original sport of lawn tennis, but Orange Lawn is one of roughly 14 remaining clubs with grass courts left in the United States. David Waldstein, New York Times, 26 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of lawn tennis

1874, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawn tennis was in 1874

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