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Exciting news regarding a new court in Sydney!

After more than a decade of trying, the Sydney Real Tennis Club has finally found a sports club that wants us.  On the 9th of July, 2018 we signed heads of agreement with the Cheltenham Recreation Club (CRC) giving us the right to build a new real tennis court in Sydney!

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Who are we?

The Sydney Real Tennis Club (SRTC) is a club with a difference. It marks the return to Sydney of the world’s oldest, most challenging and fascinating racket-and-ball game.  While we don’t have a real tennis court in Sydney (yet), we are a group of real tennis enthusiasts who are focused on building a world-class real tennis court in the heart of our beautiful harbor city.

In addition, we play regular social matches and tournaments throughout the year at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club (RMTC), the Ballarat Tennis Club (BTC) and the Hobart Real Tennis Club (HRTC).  Our club is focused on the pursuit of things we value: athletic skills, good sportsmanship and social congeniality.

What is Real Tennis?

The game is tennis. No, not lawn tennis, for that was only invented just over a century ago.  We mean the real thing, the ancient and original game. Our game is called real tennis in Britain and Australia, jeu de paume in France, and court tennis in the United States. To the swelling ranks of its devotees it is, simply, tennis.  The current world champion is Camden Riviere from the US who become the world champion in 2016 after beating Australia’s Rob Fahey who had held the title for 22 years!

The video below will give you a brief overview of real tennis.

Why take up real tennis?

This is still a fair question to ask, of an ancient European game which was, and still is, played by relatively few people.  The game’s devotees will give you many different answers:

“It’s the combination of lawn tennis, squash and chess”
“something different happens every time I play”
“it’s so tough, but the handicapping system can always make for a close game”
“It’s because of the people who play it, and their attitude”
“I like a game where sportsmanship, etiquette and good fellowship are still the norm”
“It’s because I am 74 and can sometimes beat these young whipper-snappers half my age”
“It’s because I can arrive unannounced at a club in London, Melbourne or Paris and be welcomed like an old friend …”

The truth is that real tennis is enjoyed by men and women of all ages and standards. Their common denominator is a love of the game.

History of the game

Nobody invented tennis. It evolved, over nine centuries, although the game’s main features – the court itself, the racquets, balls, scoring system and other rules – have been standardised since around 1600. The oldest indoor court in existence today, at Hampton Court Palace in England, was built by Charles I in 1625 (on the site of Henry VIII’s earlier court) and is still widely used for championship play. An outdoor court at Falkland Palace in Scotland will celebrate its 475th year of play next year.  Read more here.

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New court!

A new real tennis court for Sydney!

After more than a decade of trying, the Sydney Real Tennis Club has finally found a sports club that wants us.  On the 9th of July, 2018 we signed heads of agreement with the Cheltenham Recreation Club (CRC) giving us the right to build a new real tennis court in Sydney!

crc3Prepare to get excited everyone.  While there’s still a lot of work to do, we are finally going to be playing real tennis again in Sydney!

Click here for further exciting information on our plans

Tell us what you think, ask a question or volunteer to help

We would really love to hear your feedback on the plans, the location and if there is anyone out there who wants to get involved, because there is still a lot of work to do.

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Q&A

[Q&A in relation to the new court will be posted below]

Making a  tax deductible donation to help build the court

Of course if we are going to build a court, we are going to have to raise funds.  We have registered our project to build a court in Sydney with the Australian Sports Foundation.  This means that members and supporters can make tax deductible donations towards this project and any money that is donated must be used to build a court.

The process of making a donation is very simple.  Just click on the link below.

Australian Sports Foundation – Sydney Real Tennis Project

Once payment is made you will be emailed a donation receipt which you can then claim a deduction in your tax return.

Currently we have raised a few thousand, however if we are to build a court we are going to have to raise more.

Every little bit helps!

As always we appreciate the support.