A GENTLEMEN'S GAME

All it takes to play tennis is two people, two rackets1, a ball, a net, and a tennis court. Each player takes turns hitting the ball over the net, trying to make it difficult for their opponent to return the shots. It sounds simple, but amazing things can happen in tennis matches. The best players make incredible shots that seem effortless. Serves2 happen with a smash3 and sometimes fly at over 200 kilometers per hour.
  With speed and precision, the players can fire the ball to the very back corner of the tennis court or make it drop gently right over the net. You might even see a shot over the back or between the legs, especially if you are watching famous tennis professional Roger Federer.
  The roots of tennis go quite far back in history, but the modern game originated from a version played in England in the late 1800s. It was called lawn4 tennis because it was played on grass. Today, games are played on grass as well as clay5 and hard courts, and the rules haven't changed much over the years. However, the equipment is better, and the games are much faster. Also, tennis tournaments are watched by millions all over the world each year.
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A Gentlemen's Game
紳士的運動——網球
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  只要有兩個人、兩支球拍、一顆球、一張網子和一座網球場,您就可以打網球了。每位球員會輪流將球拍擊過網,試圖讓對手難以將球擊回。這聽起來還蠻簡單的,不過在網球比賽中會發生各種神奇的事。最頂尖的球員能看似輕鬆地擊出高難度的球。發球則是猛力將球打出去,其速度有時更能超過每小時兩百公里。
  結合了速度和精確性,球員能將球火速打回場上最遠的那個角落,或是讓球一越過球網就輕輕落下。您甚至還能看到球員背對球網或從胯下將球擊回,尤其當您看到的是著名的職業網球選手羅傑‧費德勒。
  網球的起源可回溯至遠古歷史,不過現代網球則是源自於1800年代晚期在英國為人所遊玩的一種版本。因為該版本是在草地上進行的,所以就被稱為『草地網球』。如今網球賽會在草地以及紅土和硬地球場上打,而且比賽規則多年下來並沒有太大改變。不過現在的裝備則是好了很多,而且比賽的步調也大幅加快。此外,每年的各種網球錦標賽在
全球各地也擁有千百萬觀眾。

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