Real Tennis Club

Real Tennis

Real Tennis is a game where subtlety and thought are as valuable as power and fitness. This ancient precursor of tennis is played indoors on a court resembling a Medieval street, complete with sloping roofs, openings (like windows) in the walls and the two sides of the court are not the same shape. You only serve from one end of the court and the main objective is to win the serve, as most point are won from this end. It is a racquet sport, played on a stone floor with a heavy wooden asymetrical racquet and using balls hand-made made by the club Pros. Played by Henry VIII, written about by Shakespeare, and wildly popular in the Middle Ages, this game is now rare.  Merton’s court was first built in 1595.

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President: Derek Williams