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Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals

Greg Ruth


This book reassess how tennis evolved from a cloistered amateur game to a more inclusive and thoroughly professionalized global sport. Tennis began in Britain in 1873. The game grew quickly along the east coast of the United States before moving west, where it found a home in California. For most of its history, tennis remained a sport that separated amateur and professional players. In the minds of the private clubs and associations that organized the game for the first half century of its existence, control rather than commercialization was paramount. The Great Depression and World War II si ... More

Keywords: Tennis, Amateurism, Professionalism, Players, Sports, Tour, Tournament, Jack Kramer, United States Lawn Tennis Association, International Lawn Tennis Federation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043895
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Greg Ruth, author
Houston Christian High School