Why do we say ‘tour’ in tennis?

Tour is a Korean pronunciation of the English word ‘tour’. It means travel around the country and abroad. The word tour is also used in sports events such as golf, tennis, cycling, track and field, and automobile racing. In sports, a tour is a series of professional tournaments that travel between cities.

According to the English glossary, ‘tour’ is originally derived from the Greek word ‘tornos’. It meant movement around a lathe, circle, or central axis. The Old French ‘tour’, meaning to go around via the Latin ‘tornare’, was transformed into English in the mid-17th century. Since the Industrial Revolution in England in the 18th century, cross-country travel has been popular in Europe, and the word tour has been used a lot. British gentlemen traveling to France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy to gain knowledge, knowledge, and information were called the ‘Grand Tour’.
The first event to use the name tour in sports was the Tour de France, a representative event in France. It was founded in 1903 by the French sports newspaper ‘L’Auto’ and was first called the ‘Tour de France Cycliste’. It was changed in 1916 to distinguish it from the motor race of the same name. (Refer to this corner #777, ‘Why ‘Tour’ became a sports term’)

In tennis, professional tournaments played weekly in different cities were called tour series. They are the men’s tournament ‘ATP Tour’ and the women’s tournament ‘WTA Tour’. The ‘ATP Tour’ is the collective term for the top-tier tour events organized by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). The tennis tour competition is largely divided into three tiers, and the top tier is the ATP Tour. Below that are the ATP Challenger Tour and the ITF Tour. In 1990, the ATP Tour, which was called World Championship Tennis, was divided into ‘ATP Championship Series, Single-Week’, ‘ATP Championship Series’, and ‘ATP World Series’, completing the current tennis tournament system. The name ATP Tour was changed to ATP World Tour in 2009 and then renamed again in 2019. The WTA Tour is a women’s professional tennis tournament that corresponds to the men’s professional tennis ATP tour and is run by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), which was founded in 1973. 메이저사이트

As a Korean tennis player, Lee Hyung-taek became the first Korean tennis player to win the ATP Tour Sydney International singles in 2003 at the age of 27. Then, in February of the same year, Hyung-taek Lee paired with Belarusian Vladimir Volchkov in the doubles category at the San Jose Siebel Open on the ATP Tour and won the title. Until his retirement, Lee Hyung-taek won one singles championship, one runner-up, and one doubles championship on the ATP Tour.
Kwon Soon-woo won the ATP Tour Astana Open in 2021 at the age of 23. After Lee Hyung-taek, he broke the record of the youngest player to win. In January 2023, he won the Adelaide 2 Open, becoming the first Korean to win 2 ATP. Senior tennis player Lee Deok-hee is the only female player to have won the WTA singles title. In January 1982 she won in Fort Mice, Florida, USA.

It seems that the word tour has been used in earnest in sports terms since the 1970s in Korea. Articles dealing mainly with American golf tournaments used the word tour. The Chosun Ilbo, June 4, 1981, article titled ‘Japan Aoki 4 putter record’ is ‘Aoki, the prince of Japanese professional golf and a master putter participating in the US tour golf.功)) recorded 4 putters, and it became a hot topic—. The place where 「The Incident」 was directed was the 4th middle hole of Congressional CC (par 70), Maryland on May 28. 3 from the bunker in front of the green. The ball on the other side approached 3.6m, but the first putter to pull out a par passed 1.5m, the second putter hit 60cm (cm), and the third failed to hole in and recorded a triple pull. Aoki’s 4 putter is the first time in 7 years since the Japan National Walk Championship.’

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