1995 32¢ Tennis
Issue Date: May 20, 1995
City: Jupiter, FL
Printed By: Bank Note Corp. of America
Printing Method: Lithographed
A challenging sport, tennis is a game that players of any age can enjoy. In fact, millions of people throughout the world play tennis for exercise and recreation.
Although the French played a similar game called jeu de paume, in which players batted a ball over a net with their hands, Major Walter Wingfield, an Englishman, is credited with developing the game of modern tennis. In 1874, he published the first set of rules for playing on grass courts and the game came to be known as lawn tennis. Soon, it had replaced croquet as England’s most popular sport.
The game spread to the U.S. the following year when American sportswoman Mary Outerbridge saw it being played by British officers in Bermuda, and brought a set of rackets and balls home. With the help of her brother, who was director of the Staten Island Cricket and Baseball Club, she established the first U.S. tennis court. Tennis soon spread to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Pennsylvania.
With the exception of several alterations made in the 1880s, the original rules are still in use. Today, both television and the continuing success of the famous Wimbledon Championship continue to contribute to the international popularity of tennis.