Leamington’s court opened for play on 29th December 1846, making it the oldest extant tennis club with its own court.
Tennis is a game with origins going back to the 12th century. This fascinating game spawned the very much simpler game of lawn tennis. When this new game became so popular, ‘real’ was added to our name to avoid confusion.
Join Norman Hyde and learn about how tennis developed over the centuries, about bats & rackets, how balls were filled with everything from fragments of army uniforms, hair, chalk & metal filings and why a lawn tennis ball has a ‘wiggly’ line around it.
Be surprised to learn how much money Henry VIII lost playing tennis, how important gambling has been & how Bernoulli, the great mathematician, was involved.
Join us for a brief history, watch some play & learn about the rules.
Book Tickets £6.00
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