Greatest Grass Court Players in Tennis History

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Greatest Grass Court Players in Tennis History
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The truth of the matter is that tennis began on grass. It was known in the early day as "lawn tennis."

Clay courts came along primarily in the 1920s when Stade Roland Garros was built to showcase the talents and triumphs of France's Musketeers—Rene Lacoste, Jean Borotra, Jacques Brugnon and Henri Cochet.

There are still clay courts throughout Europe and South America, but few in the United States and Canada.

The emergence of hard courts began for the most part after the Open Era in tennis was underway in 1968. Now, of course, hard court tennis is the mainstay with most of the tennis year played on artificial surfaces.

The U.S. Open and the Australian Open are both held on hard courts, which are easier to maintain than their more established counterparts—grass courts or clay courts.

It is understandable that most modern fans equate grass to Wimbledon because it remains the only major venue with grass courts.

But tennis prior to the Open Era existed primarily on green lawns; therefore, the history of tennis has been shaped by players who excelled on grass.

You cannot simply go back 40 years to look for grass court greats; you must go back to the beginning, or at least as far back as there are easily accessible records. For our purposes, we are going back 90 years to survey the players who helped shape the modern games on grass.

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