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The Kaz
Oct 25th, 2009, 04:58 AM
Ive been a member of and played Real Tennis since 2003...its a great game although very different to lawn tennis. Its only played in 4 countries, Australia, UK, USA and France and its has only 2500 active players.

I was wondering if anyone else on this board also played (or even heard of :o) Real Tennis - in the US its called Court Tennis and in France its called Jeu de Paume. :wavey:

Caralenko
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:00 AM
Yes, I've played it with my family and some friends :) Very hard to find venues for it, but it is pretty entertaining once you get the hang of the multitude of rules.

The Kaz
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:05 AM
Yes, I've played it with my family and some friends :) Very hard to find venues for it, but it is pretty entertaining once you get the hang of the multitude of rules.

Yeah there are only 3 places that have in Australia...Melbourne, Hobart and my hometown Ballarat :D

Pity the courts in Sydney and Romsey closed down :( I loved that Romsey court it was soo cool.

AnomyBC
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:10 AM
I've heard of it. Never played it. This might sound strange for a tennis forum, but I actually don't play the modern version of tennis much either... or for that matter sports of any kind :lol:

Caralenko
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:18 AM
I've heard of it. Never played it. This might sound strange for a tennis forum, but I actually don't play the modern version of tennis much either... or for that matter sports of any kind :lol:

:secret: Is it cause you're too busy making lists of which female players have the best upskirt shots?

Pity the courts in Sydney and Romsey closed down

I played at the ones in Sydney (Macquarie Uni) quite a while ago now (5 years?), but they were pretty nice too.

drake3781
Oct 25th, 2009, 05:34 AM
There was a good article about it - with pictures - in a one of the summer month (2009) editions of Tennis magazine.

miffedmax
Oct 25th, 2009, 02:05 PM
I read the same article and remember the royal tennis scene from "The Seven Percent Solution" which I saw as a kid. (I thought they were playing squash, but was quickly corrected by one of my friends). I've never played it though. Most US courts are on the East Coast. Heck, I've only played on clay once. I bet Lena would be good at royal tennis if she had her bangs.

Wiggly
Oct 25th, 2009, 02:19 PM
Is the very small tennis court with loooong rallies, kind of an outdoor squash or with the one with your hands?

Keegan
Oct 25th, 2009, 02:21 PM
I've heard of it and watched it, but never played it. I'll stick with modern tennis for now :).

The Kaz
Oct 25th, 2009, 02:23 PM
Is the very small tennis court with loooong rallies, kind of an outdoor squash or with the one with your hands?

You're thinking of the game of Rackets :lol:

No in Real tennis the court is bigger than a normal lawn tennis court and it is completely enclosed...you can hit the side walls and the back wall.

The aim of Real tennis is just to get the ball back in play (or go for the winning areas) The balls are 2-3 times heavier than lawn tennis balls and the racket has a much smaller head, is bent to the left and is made of wood with stiff rope-like strings...let me tell it is hard to get that ball on the strings ;)

www.irtpa.com has more info on this great game :D

Lucemferre
Oct 25th, 2009, 02:27 PM
You're thinking of the game of Rackets :lol:

No in Real tennis the court is bigger than a normal lawn tennis court and it is completely enclosed...you can hit the side walls and the back wall.

The aim of Real tennis is just to get the ball back in play (or go for the winning areas) The balls are 2-3 times heavier than lawn tennis balls and the racket has a much smaller head, is bent to the left and is made of wood with stiff rope-like strings...let me tell it is hard to get that ball on the strings ;)

www.irtpa.com has more info on this great game :D


Sounds like a perfect game for Wozniacki.