Tennis Identity

Ice Tennis. Yes, you read that right.

[social_warfare]”Ice” and “Tennis.” Two words that were never meant to be used together. Yet they were! There’s a new book out called Fox Tossing: And Other Forgotten and Dangerous Sports and Ice Tennis is included. (Rightfully so.)

Apparently it was popular in 1912-era New York. Several local tennis clubs got together and decided to flood their outdoor courts- presumably in below-freezing weather. After the lines had been painted on and the nets erected with portable posts with weighted bases, the game was ready for its “Ten-Ice” skaters. (As it was referred to.)

Ice Tennis in New York City 1876

And here are some players giving it a go back in 1931 and 1938. Can’t see Fed or Novak doing this.

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