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Origins of tennis, badminton and racquetball

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 01 July 2008
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The appeal of games that involve hitting an object back and forth with rackets goes back a long time. Speedminton may be the latest innovation, but it draws from tennis, badminton and racquetball. Here's a brief look at the origins of those sports:

Tennis

Some say tennis was invented by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Although there is no archaeological evidence, there are some words — Tinnis, an Egyptian city along the Nile, and "rahat," an Arabic word for palm or hand that may be related to "racket" — that could be a link.

However, many historians trace the game to French monks who began playing a form of handball against monastery walls or over a rope strung across the courtyard in the 11th and 12th centuries.

By the 13th century, nobility had picked up the game and promoted the building of special courts. England's Henry VII is counted among the early proponents of the sport.

The racket as we know it came along in the early 1500s, but early balls were covered in cork. Not until the invention of vulcanized rubber in 1850 did "bouncier" balls come along.

In 1874, equipment and rules similar to the modern game were patented in London by Walter Clopton Wingfield, a British army officer. The first Wimbledon tournament was held in 1877.

 
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Chong Wei learns that there are no clear favourites at the Olympics

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Published: 01 July 2008
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KUALA LUMPUR: National number one Lee Chong Wei has taken note that most of the past Olympic champions were not the early favourites.
 

Badminton-Lin beats Boonsak to take Thailand Open title

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Published: 29 June 2008
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By Martin Petty

BANGKOK, June 29 (Reuters) - World number one Lin Dan of China got his Olympic preparations off to a positive start by beating Thailand's Boonsak Ponsana 17-21 21-15 21-13 to win the Thailand Open on Sunday.

 

Hafiz crashes, raising questions over future (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2008
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K.M. Boopathy

HAFIZ Hashim took a step closer to the end of his career when he was toppled by unheralded Japanese Yuichi Ikeda in the third round of the Thailand Open in Bangkok yesterday.

 

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Lin Woon Fui (left) and Gan Teik Chai.

 
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Boonsak, Lin book quarter-final berths (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 27 June 2008
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Local star Boonsak Ponsana reached the quarter-finals of the SCG Thailand Open Badminton Championships at Nimibutr Gymnasium yesterday. Boonsak defeated India's Anup Sridhar 21-11, 28-26, while world number one Lin Dan also cruised into the last eight with a 21-13, 21-14 win over Kazuteru Kozai of Japan in just 33 minutes.

 

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Boonsak Ponsana, left, and Lin Dan won in straight games. — PHOTOS BY SOMCHAI POOMLARD

 

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