Summer Meeting

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” (Plato).

The Tennis group can vouch for Plato’s philosophy. Friendship gained through tennis is the reason why the Tennis group has been part of the WIB activity group for many years. Average to advanced players meet weekly at the LTTC Rot-Weiß Tennis Club in Grunewald for a fun game.

Jeu de Paume (literally means in English “game of palm”), is a ball-and-court game in France which is the forerunner of today’s conventional tennis. The game was initially played in French monastery courtyards in the 12th century and later on in rectangular courts when tennis continued to flourish. Between the 15th and 16th centuries, numerous commercial tennis courts were built throughout the country and used by various social classes as a recreational facility. Only in 1874 a British Army officer designed and patented his own version of tennis with binding rules which he called Sphairistikè (a Greek word meaning “ball game”).

Tennis is now played worldwide and the diplomats enjoy the popular sport. Marie Collins, the spouse of the Irish ambassador, invited the members of the Tennis group to her residence on 5 June 2018 in order to foster the good friendship. Everyone is looking forward to the exciting program of the new club season.