View Full Version : Has anyone played real tennis?

Sam L
Apr 2nd, 2007, 01:14 PM
Real Tennis or jeu de paume: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_tennis

As some of you know, I'm into all things 'historical'. And as such, it's on ly natural that I have become intrigued with this game which was a precursor to our lawn tennis. It's scored the same way as tennis, so learning it should be easy?

Apr 2nd, 2007, 01:15 PM
Nope, I'd give it a try though :p

Sam L
Apr 2nd, 2007, 01:19 PM
yes i did play real tennis:D

Where? When? How?

Was it easy to learn? I've read about it but it's not the same as playing, is it?

Apr 2nd, 2007, 01:41 PM
sounds really complicated :o but interesting :)

Apr 2nd, 2007, 01:43 PM
I played it with my cousin Bethany and her 2 friends Peter and George in Oxford when I was holiday with her:D they asked me what handicap?:confused: and i said I was dislexia?:confused: is this the right word?

no it was not easy to play and I kept sliding on the court and one time I slipped and fell on top of Peter and I couldnt get up and he was :lol: and he touched me when I was trying to get up but Bethany and I still won the match:D

:haha: :haha:

Apr 2nd, 2007, 02:06 PM
yeah im good at it too.

Apr 2nd, 2007, 02:07 PM
Shakespeare (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare) mentions the game in Act II of Henry V (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_V_%28play%29). When Henry declares:
When we have match’d our rackets to these balls
We will in France, by God’s grace, play a set
Shall strike his father’s crown into the hazard.
Tell him he hath made a match with such a wrangler
That all the courts in France will be disturb’d with chases!

Sam L
Apr 2nd, 2007, 03:02 PM
yeah im good at it too.

Hey Stevo. Where have you been playing? :)

Sam L
Apr 5th, 2007, 03:16 PM