What is Real Tennis?


Real Tennis is the oldest racket sport and the predecessor of the modern games of lawn tennis and squash. The game is now growing with the renovation of old courts and the construction of new courts. There are active courts in the UK, France, Australia and the East Coast of the USA.  The game is played, like lawn tennis, over a net, but it is set in an unconventional indoor court. As in squash, the walls form part of the playing area, as well as the roofs of galleries built onto three of the four walls. The court is asymmetric and resembles monastery cloisters, where it is believed to have originated. It has netted galleries along one side and at one end of the court and various other openings where it is possible to score points.


The key attraction of Real Tennis is in its strategy, rather like playing chess, where the thoughtful move will beat power and the ability to keep service (which does not alternate with games) is paramount.

The game has a very effective handicapping system, which makes it suitable for players of all ages and abilities to compete with each other.  Real Tennis rackets still have wooden frames with the handle off-centre. The balls are solid, heavier and harder than in lawn tennis; they bounce less and are all hand made by the Professionals.

Real Tennis Promotional Video

by the Dedanists' Foundation - Regenerating Real Tennis


A video provided by the Dedanists' Foundation giving an insight into the game of Real Tennis from its past to present at both Club and Professional level featuring  some of the best players in the world!

Real Tennis Wold Championships 2014

Rob Fahey (2014 Defending World Champion) vs Camden Riviere (Current World Champion from 2016).​


Highlights and an insight into the game from the Real Tennis Wold Championships final 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Rosenthal 2016
Goldblatt 2016
Swiss Singles 2015
Intro Ladies Session
HHTC 60th Anniversary Ball 2
Wednesday Night Pennant Final 2016
Tufton 2016
Club Level Doubles Winners 2016
Runner up 2016 div 4 Tim Harper
Peter Brodie Trophy 2016 winner - Vlad R
Hunters Finals day catering 2016
Hertford Div 2 2016 winner G Foxall
Hertford Cup Div 4  2016 winner - B Yates
Herftord Cup Div 1 Winner 2016
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James Law 3
Come And Watch from The Dedans
Parent and offspring 2015
Hangover Doubles 2015
Goldblatt 2015
Jon Dawes Browning Cup Winner 2015
Cat D 2015 30-34 Finalists
Billy Ross Skinner 2016 Finalists
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HHTC 60th Anniversary Ball
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HHTC Real Tennis Court Chases
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