Sphairistike is the name by which lawn tennis used to be known. The game was invented by Major Walter Clopton Wingfield, who introduced it in 1873 to a Christmas party in Nantclywd, Wales.The game borrowed heavily from the existing games of royal tennis and badminton and was played on an hourglass-shaped court with a net 5' high. The major named the game spharistike (Greek for "ball playing") but affectionately called it "sticky." As the game's popularity grew, the unpronounceable name was rejected in favor of something less silly, and "lawn tennis" was born.
Duc de la Rochefoucauld (1613-80)