Tennis History is a very interesting subject. According to historians Tennis was first played in France in the 12th century. Since that time Tennis has always been a game where a ball is hit back and forth.
In the beginning, the game was played with bare hands!
In fact, the palm of your hand was used to hit the ball! Balls would usually be made out of leather. The game became very popular in France and there it was called "Jeau de Paumme" (Game of the palm) at the time!
The modern form of Tennis the way it is still played today became popular in the late 19th century in Great Britain!
Then it was a game played mainly by the upper-class and it took a long time for it to spread around the world.
Nowadays Tennis is played all over the world by recreational players of all socio-economic classes. All you need to get started is a racket and a ball!