In 2007, real tennis was added to the long list of activities available within the MCC Sporting Sections.
Real tennis boasts a rich heritage. It evolved in the monasteries of France, was codified in the early 16th century and popularised in England during the 19th century when courts were built to play a game that was the forerunner to the popular tennis we know today. The structure of the courts and the rules are as laid-out five centuries ago.
Real tennis is played in the United Kingdom, France, the USA and Australia – the “grand slam” countries. Real tennis is the original and longest running World Championship of all sports. It was first played in France in 1740, called the World Championship and played continually since then. In fact, the current and 12 time world champion is MCC Real Tennis Section member Rob Fahey (pictured below).
The section plays most of its games at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club (RMTC) in Richmond but also competes at courts in Ballarat, Romsey and Hobart.
It’s a game for both men and women and a unique handicapping system allows players of varying ability to enjoy competitive matches in both singles and doubles.
Sometimes described as a mix of tennis (same scoring), squash (play off walls) and chess (very tactical), real tennis is played on an indoor court with players using traditional wooden racquets (made by Gray Nicolls of cricket bat manufacturing fame) and solid, hand-made balls.
New Members Welcome
As one of the newest sections, we encourage those interested in racquet sports to join our growing section and play this superb game. We conduct on court “introductory sessions” at our Club Nights mainly on the first Friday of every month at The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club. Club membership is only $35 per year. Click here to download a membership application form.
Refer to 'Latest News' for more information on our Club Nights.
General Enquiries - MCC Real Tennis secretary Iain Buchanan will be pleased to field inquiries from members on 0417 565 215 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org