The new and improved game of lawn tennis captured the imagination of all, however rules as they say are rules…or not in this case, standardised rules had yet to appear and it wasn’t until the All England Croquet Club experimented with the first organized tournament, and new set of rules that lawn tennis really came into its own.
Wimbledon 1877 and the first opened the extravaganza we know today as the most prestigious tennis tournament and some 125 years later it continues to attract the elite of world-class players.
From its humble beginnings the tournament drew more players and interest. The industrial revolution gave some leisure time and sure enough the resorts of the Victorian era were a natural nesting place for the growth of the game.
And with its popularity came the few manufactured pieces of equipment. Nets, balls, shoes and of course racquets, these evolved like as did the rules which experienced a periodic of strengthening.
In the 1890’s international invitational tournaments were a step forward to today’s tournament and a gift a large silver bowl and set of rules really set the ball rolling.
The International Lawn Tennis Challenge Trophy was born but very quickly became known as the Davis Cup. Mr. Dwight Davis donated it in 1900 to the tennis community and the rest as they say is history.