Tennis has a history spanning many cultures over thousands of years, with games of balls and rackets being played in various cultures from Neolithic times. There is evidence that ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians played some version of tennis, and ruins from Mesoamerica indicate a particularly important place for ball games in their cultures. But court tennis—also called "real tennis" and "royal tennis" in Great Britain and Australia—owes its start to a game played by French monks as early as the 11th century 1881 – Founding of the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association. A small group of men from northeastern clubs, where most lawn tennis was played, form an association to promote the standardization of the rules and regulations for lawn tennis throughout the United StateThe popularity of the game in the United States and frequent doubts about the rules led to the foundation in 1881 of the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association, later renamed the U.S. LawnTennis Association and, in 1975, the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA).
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