Court: 23.77m long
8.23m wide (singles)
10.97m wide (doubles)
Net height: 0.914m (centre)
Players alternate hitting a ball with their rackets over the net. There are singles (one against one) and doubles (two against two) events for both men and women, and mixed doubles (each team consisting of one male and one female players).
In tennis, points are uniquely referred to as "love," "fifteen" and so on. Learning the terms such as deuce, advantage and server will help you better understand live commentaries. Watching at a court, spectators will be able to gain a direct sense of the emotions of the players. The tactical abilities of the players and the tense atmosphere during rallies are overwhelming.
The origin of tennis dates back to the pre-Christian era, when it was played by ancient Egyptians as a religious activity. Later in Roman times, this sport was played for recreation. The predecessor of modern tennis originated in France around the eighth century, when it was enjoyed by noble French families as a pastime. Tennis had been included in the Olympic programme since the Athens 1896 Games before being discontinued at the Amsterdam 1928 Games. The sport was considered contrary to the amateur nature of the Olympics due to the rise of professional tennis tournaments. After that, professionals were finally allowed to compete in the Olympic Games, and tennis returned as an official sport at the Seoul 1988 Games, 64 years after its last appearance.
Courtesy of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Bureau of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Preparation (as of January 2016)
- Ariake Tennis Park