Women have played a major role in the development of tennis in history. Unlike other sports of the time, tennis was nearly as popular with women as it was with men. In the early 1870s, when the rules of tennis were created by Major Walter C. Wingfield, the sport was limited to men. In 1874, however, a young woman named Mary Ewing Outerbridge discovered tennis while vacationing in Bermuda. She was fascinated with the game, and when she returned to the U.S., she brought it with her. Her brother was the director of the Staten Island Cricket Club at the time and installed the first American tennis court upon Mary's return. By 1884, women competed along men at Wimbledon, and in 1887, the first women's U.S. Open was held in Philadelphia. This book is a 1911 guide for women interested in tennis. It was written by the 1904 Women's National Doubles Champion, Miriam Hall. It features a guide for the proper attire while playing tennis, how to choose a racquet, and a review of the fundamentals and tactics of the sport.
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