With the UK's biggest tennis competition coming up, we have been looking at printed merchandise for the occasion.
The modern game of tennis that we know today originated in the 19th century as lawn tennis. The game had close connections with various field games such as croquet and bowls. During the 19th century, the term 'tennis' referred to 'real' tennis rather than lawn tennis.
The rules of tennis have changed very little since the 1890s. There were two exceptions to this, with the rules stating that the server must keep one foot on the floor at all times during each serve, also there was the introduction of the tie break rule in the 1970s. A more recent rule has been the adoption of electronic review technology.
Tennis is enjoyed by millions of recreational players worldwide and as a spectator sport. The tennis competition coming up in a couple of weeks is the oldest tennis competition in the world and considered by many to be the most prestigious. It has been held since 1877 so has a very rich history. The tournament takes place over two weeks, starting in June and finishing in July. As you would expect with such an old tournament, there are many traditions which are followed.
For example, the dress code is very strict for competitors. All competitors are required to wear all white outfits, a long term tradition. For those competitors who don't wear all white, they may be disqualified from the competition. The rules are very strict in what competitors are allowed to wear, whilst sometimes competitors are allowed to slightly vary their outfits, the dress code remains strict.
The eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators is also considered to be a tradition. It is unclear how this tradition came about, but it is one which is enjoyed by many spectators every year. The competition also has a strong Royal Patronage with Royal family members being present every year. Prior to 2003, all competitors had to bow or curtsey towards the Royal box before and after each match, however, this was changed in 2003 allowing competitors to only bow or curtsey if the Queen or Prince of Wales was in attendance.
The tennis competition encourages many people to take up tennis every year and is a strong British tradition. Why not use this event to promote your company with printed merchandise, we have a number of different products available on the website.