Often described as a physical chess match, few games can boast the mental endurance and strategic complexity of tennis.

From humble beginnings as a garden-party game, tennis has risen to become one of the most watched sports in the world and has made stars of the likes of Björn Borg, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Our archive brings you some of the best in vintage photography from this thrilling and engaging sport – game, set match!

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