Millions of people watch the tournaments each year on television and the stars of recent decades are household names, but relatively few people know the history of the game. The modern game, however, dates from 1874, when Major Walter Clopton Wingfield developed a variation on the game for the amusement of his house guests in Wales. Published in association with the All England Lawn Tennis Club - better known as Wimbledon - this attractive, collectible book examines the history of the rules... Open have inspired tens of thousands of amateur tennis players in North America. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance it was a jeu de paume, a game played at French and English royal courts with hands rather than rackets. The pristine grass and white uniforms of Wimbledon and the aggressive hard courts of the U.S. After he laid out the basic rules, the game spread quickly - the first championship at Wimbledon was held in 1877, followed soon after by the first American tournament in 1880.