17 Lobster Free Shipping Within the Contiguous United States On All Wilson Ball Machines! Lighter and compact in design up to 144 tennis balls457.97 + AU $1195 (sdo > North Park city of san diego ) pic hide this posting restore restore this posting. $595.History of Tennis and Tennis Equipment History of the Tennis Game. Tennis got its start as far back as the 8 th century as a game called 'La Soule' played by Christian Monks. The Monks would hit a ball back and forth indoors and against courtyard walls using their hands or a stick.