Excerpt from The Lawn Tennis Manual for 1885: Containing Full and Complete Instructions for Acquiring a Practical Knowledge of the Game, With Illustrations of the Materials of the Game, and of the Dress of the Players, as Also the Lines and Measurements of the Courts, and the Laying Out of the Field
What more attractive picture, in the way of an out-door recreation for both sexes, can be presented than that exhibited at a Lawn Tennis party? There is the smooth, level, well-cut and rolled grassy lawn, With the lines of a double court marked out upon it. Around the lawn are assembled the fair guests and their masculine attendants and escorts, all intent on watching the graceful evolutions in the court Of the two lady players and their gentlemen partners, the picturesque surroundings and the bright blue Of an early June sky completing a landscape worthy the pencil of an artist. It is a game without a peer or even a rival of its kind; for while it affords ample Opportunity 'for graceful activity, and presents a most healthful out-door exercise, of a kind just suited for men Of sedentary habits, and especially for the class of the fair sex who are too prone to house them selves from active exertion in the Open air, it also affords facility for the employment of considerable strategic skill and litheness Of limb, when played up to its highest mark.
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