Although the United Kingdom is well known for its ardent support and vigor for football, it doesn’t fall short of racket sports too. Don’t believe us? Here, take a look at the UK’s most prominent racket sports of all time!
Tennis is a game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players, who use racket strung with cord to hit a hollow rubber ball covered in felt back and forth over a net stretched across a marked-out court. The objective of the game is to play the ball in such a way that the opposing player or team is not able to give a valid return. The player with the most sets won wins.
Popular British tennis players include Andy Murray, Fred Perry, Tim Henman, Sue Barker, Greg Rusedski and Roger Taylor.
Badminton is similar in a way that it is played on a rectangular court and requires striking the shuttlecock, a small rounded piece of cork or rubber attached to a cone of feathers, back and forth across a high net. It has had a long history in the United Kingdom with the Badminton Association of England established as early as 1893.
Nathan Robertson, Chris Adcock, Imogen Bankier, Sarah Walker, Gabrielle Adcock and Heather Olver are only some of the more prominent figures in the sport.
- TABLE TENNIS
Table tennis is not too far off from its big sister. Played using paddles and a light hollow ball instead of a racket and a felt covered rubber ball, it is played in a smaller court as its name suggests. The table which serves as the court measures 2.5 feet high, 9 feet long and 5 feet wide. The game is played by two players or two pairs. In other places it is called ping pong or wiff waff.
Prominent figures in table tennis in the UK include Tin-Tin Ho, Sky Andrew, Margaret Osborne, Desmond Douglas and Vera Thomas among others.
Squash is a game for two (singles) or four (doubles) participants that is played in an enclosed four wall court and uses long handled rackets and a small hollow rubber ball that may be hit off any of the walls.
The United Kingdom boast quite a number of successful squash players including Nick Matthew, Alison Waters, Lee Beachill, Laura Massaro and Cassie Jackman to name a few.