Last Update: Oct 18, 2022.

Submitted by: Rory Hersh
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Why is it called tennis?

Tennis comes from the French tenez, the formal imperative form of the verb tenir, to hold, meaning "hold!", "receive!" or "take!", an interjection used as a call from the server to his opponent to indicate that he is about to serve. Racket (or racquet) derives from the Arabic rakhat, meaning the palm of the hand.