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Used by permission of the publisher. For personal use and not for further distribution. Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. Sumner, Tennis in its modern form developed in England in the late nineteenth century. In the United States, it was one of the first sports in which women participated in competitive situations. The sport was played as early as the s at the University of North Carolinawhen the University Tennis Club was formed. Reports from Pinehurst and Asheville mentioned tennis in the following decade. Pinehurst first hosted its Midwinter Championship in The North Carolina Open championships were first held inwhile the state high school championships were first held in Competitive college tennis in the state dates back to the early part of the twentieth century.
Women's tennis was a later arrival on the state's college campuses. The following year women's tennis became a varsity sport at UNC. By the early s, most colleges in the state fielded women's teams and offered full scholarships to the top players, as had already been done for male players.
Duke University, which began its program inbecame the dominant women's team, capturing the ACC title every year from through and finishing in the NCAA championship top eight five times during that period. Duke's top players included Julie Exum and Susan Sabo Durham 's John Lucaswho gained fame as a basketball player at the University of Maryland and in the professional ranks, won three state tennis championships in high school and played professionally. Althea Gibsonthe first black woman to become a world-class tennis player, honed her game under the tutelage of Hubert Eaton of Wilmington in the late s.
Tennis continued to gain popularity as a recreational sport, especially following World War II. Although still associated with exclusive country clubstennis soon appeared on many public courts and in municipal programs. It was not a major spectator sport in the state, however, nor has North Carolina been the site of any major professional tennis tournaments, although the Raleigh Heat played in the World Team Tennis League from to This was a professional league that operated for a brief period in the summer, mostly with second-rank professional players.
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