A back garden serving up tennis history
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Was lawn tennis born in this Birmingham back garden?

Talk about a back-handed compliment - the world's eyes are about to turn to the Wimbledon tournament once again, but some historians say it might not exist were it not for a quiet garden in Birmingham being the first place to serve up lawn tennis.

The story goes that in the middle of the 19th Century, Birmingham man Harry Gem and Spanish-born Augurio Perera took elements of existing games to forge lawn tennis, giving it a go for the first time at Perera's Edgbaston home.

Video journalist: Imran Ali

  • 01 Jul 2017
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