Tennis players are the sports persons who play tennis professionally and participate in regional, national and international tournaments. Tennis is a highly competitive sport and one needs to be trained for a career as a professional tennis player from a young age. Tennis is played either between two individuals competing against each other, or between two teams consisting of two players each. Tennis has its origins in 12th century France when people played by striking a ball with the palm of their hands. The game evolved with time and racquets came into use by the16th century, and modern tennis as we known the game today developed in the mid-19th century. Tennis is a very popular game and is played by millions of people of all age groups all over the world. A well loved spectator sport, several tennis tournaments are held worldwide. It is also an Olympic sport and also a part of the Summer Paralympic programme. Being a professional tennis player is physically as well as mentally demanding. To play tennis at the professional level one needs to be passionate about the game, exhibit a competitive spirit, train rigorously and maintain a high level of fitness. Browse this section to learn about the life and works of various famous tennis players from all over the world.