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Tennis

The earliest recognisable relative to tennis, as we know it, was "jeu de paume", played in 11th century France. Played in a monastery courtyard, the game used the walls and sloping roofs as part of the court and the palm of the hand to hit the ball.

The modern sport of tennis has a long Olympic history and was part of the inaugural 1896 Olympic Games. However, it withdrew from the programme after 1924 and did not return as a medal sport until 1988. Professionals are now welcomed to compete, and the Olympic competition (and now the Youth Olympic Games) includes men's and women's singles, men's and women's doubles and mixed doubles.

TOTAL ATHLETES
64 Athletes (32 women and 32 men)

EVENTS/CATEGORIES
Women / Men / Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles

RULES

1

All players play Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.

2

Singles:Eight players are seeded and the remaining players are drawn; the winner of each match advances to the next round; the loser of each match is eliminated, except for the semifinals where the losers progress to a bronze medal match; all matches will be the best of three tie-break sets.

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Doubles: Four teams are seeded and the remaining teams are drawn; the winning team of each match advances to the next round; the losing team of each match is eliminated, except for the semifinals where the losing teams progress to a bronze medal match; all matches are played as the best-of-three sets, with the third set played as a match tie-break (10 points).

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Mixed Doubles: Teams are composed of two players, one of each gender according to the same priority order as the doubles events; eight teams are seeded and the remaining teams are drawn; all matches are played as the best-of-three sets, with the third set played as a match tie-break (10 points).

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