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08 June . 2018

Elyson opens tennis courts at Elyson House

Tennis courts are the newest fun addition to Elyson House, which also offers a pool open for year ‘round swimming, fitness center, gameroom, playground, event lawn and the tasty Elyson Café.

In honor of our new tennis courts, here are 10 fun facts about one of the world’s most popular sports:

  1. Most historians agree that tennis was invented by French monks in the 11th or 12th century. Instead of racquets, they hit the ball with their hands. A rope strung across the courtyard served as the net.
  1. Later players used webbed gloves or solid paddles. This evolved into a piece of webbing attached to a handle, which eventually became the modern racquet.
  1. The first tennis balls were covered in leather, and were stuffed with wool or hair. Today’s tennis balls are made of a hollow, two-piece rubber shell filled with pressurized gas and covered with felt.
  1. The length of a standard tennis court is 78 feet. The height of the net is approximately three feet.
  1. To win a game, a player must score four points. A player needs to win six games to win a set, and must win two sets to win a match.
  1. The types of tennis shots are forehand, backhand, serve, volley, lob and drop shot.
  1. Over 1.2 billion people play tennis every year.
  1. Wimbledon, the world’s oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, employs Rufus, a Harris hawk, to keep pigeons away from the courts. Sorry, we don’t have any hawks at Elyson, at least not on the staff.
  1. The longest tennis match in history, played at Wimbledon in 2010, and lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes. If your match lasts that long, you may want to take a break at Elyson Cafe.
  1. The shortest match, also at Wimbledon, was played in 1922 and lasted just 23 minutes.

Ready to hit the courts with your new neighbors? Find a home here and we'll see you on the courts soon!