Tennis and the French revolution has a strange connection. The first definitive step towards the French Revolution was taken when the French third estate comprising all those who were not elected by the noblemen or the clergy declared themselves to be the national assembly and refused to quit. After it had been prevented by King Louis XVI from using its normal meeting place, they met on June 20,1879 on the tennis court of the palace. Here the assembly took an oath never to disband until France had been given a constitution. The French Revolution thus began in a tennis court on that fateful day.