Well, that’s that for another year. In the (current) absence of rain, I’ll wrap up with the tennis majors etymology I promised. Grand Slam As tennis fans will be well aware, the four major tournaments of the tennis season are the Australian Open, Roland Garros (the French Open), Wimbledon, and the US Open, together known… Continue reading Grand slam time
With the weather forecast promising the imminent start of that perennial favourite British summer pastime, watching rain fall at Wimbledon, let’s do some tennis etymology, shall we? Tennis The obvious starting point is actually a slightly tricky one: the most likely derivation is that it comes from the Medieval French te’netz, meaning receive, a call… Continue reading Anyone for sphairistike?