Tennis has its roots in ancient Greece in a 5th Century BC game, played with a large light ball which was hit either with a fist or a shoulder. During the Middle Ages, tennis was developed in the courtyards of the nobility. In its modern form, the sport emerged in Britain in the 1870s. It became popular in the British Empire and spread very quickly all over the world. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) was founded in 1913 and comprises 200 member countries. Tennis was part of the programme of the Olympic Games from 1896 to 1924. It returned to the Games in Los Angeles in 1984 as a demonstration sport, and in 1988 it re-joined the competitive programme as a full medal sport.
Christina Zachariadou, holder of a USPTR Professional Coach Certification, is head of tennis in the CGS extra-curricular programme. Mrs. Zachariadou participated at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Atlanta and Athens, and has won gold medals at the Mediterranean Games. She had an ITF world ranking from the age of 14. Along with her personal team, Mrs. Zachariadou has recently focused on younger tennis players who have gone on to win national championships for their age groups. The presence of athletes at international level is also of significant importance.
CGS students already participate in the Elite Athlete Programme, a pioneering, tailor-made programme which enables them to combine their academic programme with morning and afternoon training sessions.
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