Athletics vs Tennis - What's the difference?

athletics | tennis |

As a proper noun athletics

is (baseball) the team , previously kansas city athletics and philadelphia athletics.

As a noun tennis is





  • Physical activities such as sports and games requiring stamina, fitness and skill.
  • A group of sporting activities which includes track and field, road running, cross country running and racewalking.
  • tennis


  • (label) A sport played by two players (or four in doubles), who alternately strike the ball over a net using racquets.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1935, author= George Goodchild
  • , title=Death on the Centre Court, chapter=1 , passage=ÔÇťAnthea hasn't a notion in her head but to vamp a lot of silly mugwumps. She's set her heart on that tennis bloke
  • (label) A match in this sport.
  • * 1918 , (Violet Hunt), The Last Ditch (page 95)
  • We go about to parties in the daytime as usual, teas and tennises
  • (obsolete) An earlier game in which a ball is driven to and fro, or kept in motion by striking it with a racquet or with the open hand.
  • * (Shakespeare)
  • * (1800-1859)
  • His easy bow, his good stories, his style of dancing and playing tennis , were familiar to all London.

    Derived terms

    * football tennis * lawn tennis * real tennis * tennis ball * tennis court * tennis player * tennis racket * tennis racquet

    See also

    * table tennis or ping pong


  • (dated) To play tennis.
  • To drive backward and forward like a tennis ball.
  • (Spenser)


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