Tennis is played all over the world, and with famous athletes ready to compete in tournaments from Wimbledon to the US Open, it is hard to miss the headlines. Also, after a hard fought game, it can be hard to avoid stains as well. But Resolve® is here to help, with our comprehensive guide to tennis.
The History of Tennis
Tennis has a complicated history. Some historians think that tennis originates from ancient Egypt – linking the Arabic word “rahat” as the origin of “racket”. However, the commonly accepted origin is that of a ball game ‘jeu de paume’ invented by French monks in the 11th or 12th century. It was a crude game, but it soon became popular with noblemen. The name “tennis” could derive from the French “tenez” (or “to take”). Meanwhile, the score is commonly believed to derive from the way it was played on court - the courts of the time were 90 feet long, so each player had 45 feet to play in. When a player got a point they were allowed to move up the court - the first time 15 feet, the second another 15 (to 30 feet), and finally 10 feet (to 40 feet).
The game developed over the world, with variations of the game much more like squash or rackets in the form of ‘real tennis’, where the walls and ceiling were used, instead of an open court. It wasn’t until 1850 that the modern game was developed.
Court Surfaces, and their Stains!
In tennis there are several different kinds of surfaces you can play on, the most popular being grass courts, clay courts, and (more commonly) artificial courts such as concrete, or synthetic surfaces (made up of rubber, silica and acrylic), or AstroTurf. Depending on the type of surface, different stains can occur.
- Grass courts – Tournaments played on grass include Wimbledon and Queen’s. Grass courts are one of the fastest type of court, and create more bounce on the ball. However, they can also be a bit slippery, and without good grip you could end up with a grass stain or two on your bright tennis whites!
- Clay courts – Monte Carlo, Rome and Roland Garros (or French Open) tournaments are all played on clay, and the surface is usually found in Mediterranean countries. It’s quite a hard and slow surface, and produces a high bounce, but can also leave you with orange shoes and socks. Clay is relatively easy to remove though, water should be enough, but if it cakes on it’s time to pretreat.
- Artificial courts – The US Open and Australian Open are played on hard courts, and shouldn’t leave you with any stains to worry about like the two above. If you do fall, however, you may be at risk of a cut, and a blood stain too.
On all three, sweat stains are all too likely to happen.
Game, set, soak!
Fortunately, dealing with stains is much easier than acing a serve. With Resolve® Oxi-Action Trigger, the toughest dried stains are no problem to treat. Let the solution absorb for a maximum of five minutes before rubbing, and putting in the washing machine for a wash. Your tennis gear should hopefully look clean, and stain free, but try to repeat the process if your stains don’t come out first wash.
With whites, get them 60% whiter in just 1 wash with Resolve® Crystal White In-Wash Stain Remover or Resolve® Gold Stain Remover for Whites simply add the recommended amount of liquid or powder to the wash to see the full effect.
While any champion may be able to win a game without breaking a sweat, we’d bet that after a tough match, you’ll have a stain or too to take care of. Beat them with Resolve®.