HRH The Earl of Wessex, the T&RA Patron, started his 2018 Challenge to play three sets of doubles on every Real Tennis court in the world within the year.
It began in January at the Cambridge University Real Tennis Club where he was first introduced to the game. Over the following 45 weeks, HRH travelled around Britain, Ireland, France, Australia and the USA visiting 52 courts in 47 locations, and played on 50 of them (5 clubs have 2 courts; 2 were not playable). Only one court refused permission! Along the way he played 151 sets with 438 different players and 1,877 individual games, the final tally being 882 against and 995 for. The odyssey concluded at the Royal Tennis Court, Hampton Court, where HRH played with two current world champions (Rob and Claire Fahey) and Penny Lumley, former world champion, followed by a finale playing with Tim Henman against Nick Wood and Johanna Konta.