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The game of "Jeu de Paume" was born

1200

The first balls were made of wood

1250

Gloves were worn to protect the hands

1300

Balls began to be made of softer materials

1300

Tennis racquets were used for the first time

1400

Vulcanized rubber was added to tennis balls

1844

Major Walter Clopton Wingfield introduced "Sphairistike"

1874

Standardized rules were set

1881

Maud Watson popularized white clothing for tennis

1884

Acrylic courts were used for the first time

1940

Wilson introduced the first metal racquet

1967

The Open Era began

1968

Ball colour was to fluorescent yellow for official tournaments

1972

Prince introduced the first oversized racquet

1976

Graphite was used for the first time to make racquets

1980

Wilson made the standard racquet frame wider

1987

Head introduced a racquet that used piezoelectric technology

2002

Hawk-Eye technology was implemented in official torunaments

2005

Centre Court at Wimbledon was fitted with a retractable roof

2009