The modern game of tennis originated in England in the late 19th century as lawn tennis with close connections to croquet and bowls. The game quickly evolved with well known tournaments such as Wimbledon starting in 1877 and the French Open starting in 1891. Tennis is consistently ranked as one of the world's largest sports with most countries fielding national teams to compete in Davis and Fed Cup global competitions and individuals competing professionally on the ATP and WTA tour. Tennis was in the Olympic Games form 1896 to 1924 and then returned in 1988.
The rules of tennis have changed very little since the 1890s with players following a game, set match sequence. A player uses a racquet to hit a ball over a net into their opponents’ court. The ball must be kept in play and can only bounce one time on the court surface before the opponent must strike the ball back over the net. Courts are typically grass, clay, or hardcourt and matches are between two people (singles) or four people (doubles).
Tennis BC is the governing provincial sport organization for the sport in British Columbia. BC takes tremendous pride in its massive grass-roots programs in community centres and elementary schools, delivered to over 40,000 youth annually, that has helped make tennis one of the largest growing sports.