Real Tennis is so-called to distinguish the game from the modern game of Lawn Tennis which was not devised until 1874. Real Tennis probably began in the 13th century in France, played initially with bare hands, later with the glove-‘Jeu de Paume’- and finally the racquet. It was popular among the clergy and nobility and the modern rules of Real Tennis remain much the same as those first laid down in 1599. Henry V111, who built the court at Hampton Court, was an accomplished player. It is played with a ball of cloth on large indoor courts with galleries and side netting below. Imagine a game that combines the skills of tennis, squash and chess! Many courts are now lost, but notably Merton College, Oxford and Hampton Court remain in modern usage. There have been revivals in court building in the late 19th century and in recent years. It is played internationally in the United Kingdom, Australia, the USA and France.
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Falkland Palace 12 noon
Jesmond Dene 6:00pm
Moreton Morrell 3:00pm
(green court) 8:00pm
Prested 12 noon
Hatfield House 3:00pm
Queens (West) 12 noon
Hampton Court 4:00pm
Merton (Oxford) 11:15am