Originally built in 1885, the real tennis court at The Hyde has had a colourful history, and has undergone numerous changes in its time. More recently it has been renovated to its former glory, and is once again one of the finest examples of a Real Tennis court anywhere in the world.
Real Tennis is the oldest of all the racquet sports and dates back many hundreds of years. Started originally as a form of handball, the game was first written about by French monks in the 12th Century, but has been traced back all the way to 5th Century Tuscany. Over time, the game developed and saw many changes, such as the introduction of racquets. Popularity of the sport grew and by the early part of the 19th Century there were many hundreds of courts throughout Europe.
Towards the end of the 19th Century some courts fell into disuse as the game was superceded by the recently devised game of Lawn Tennis.
However, the last 20 years has seen a resurgence in the sport and some new and old courts like the Hyde are being rebuilt and renovated.
Who can play?
Anyone! The nature of the game means it appeals to a wide variety of people regardless of ability, age, fitness, or experience. The unique scoring and handicapping system allows players to play competitively, no matter how new they are to the game.
If you have ever played any kind of racquet sport then you will be guaranteed to see many similarities in the game of Real Tennis.
Where to start
For anyone starting out in the game it is best to contact the club professionals. They are always on hand to offer guidance, and advice. And for newcomers, or those willing to progress their game further lessons are available at times that suit you.
For more details on lessons please contact the club on (01308) 420777, or click here to email us