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Real Tennis and the Olympics

07 Jun 2012

If you happen to be about round Tower Bridge you just might stumble across our history...


No, unfortunately this wasn't an exciting post that Real Tennis has re-entered the Olympics, but it has not been forgotten about in the history of the Olympics!

Jeu de Paume was an event contested at the 1908 Summer Olympics. This was the only Summer Olympic Games  to contain this sport as a medal event. An outdoor version called longue Paume was a demonstration sport at the 1900 Summer Olympics.  Real Tennis, as jeu de paume is called in the UK, was an exhibition event at the 1924 Summer Olympics. In the Official Report of the 1908 Olympic Games, the sport is referred to as "Tennis (jeu de paume)" while tennis is named "lawn tennis."  The competition venue was the Queen's Club in West Kensington, London.


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