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Real Tennis World Championship Eliminator Matches
Wednesday, January 29, 2020, 06:00pm - 09:00pm
Contact John Steffian

I would like to invite all Members of the Thames Club and their guests to Four evenings watching the 2020  Real Tennis World Championship Eliminator Matches in the Pub of the Club House. I will be streaming the two remaining eliminator matches at the Club this coming Monday January 27th through Thursday the 30th beginning at 6:00 PM each day.

There will be the usual Honor Bar for drinks and we can order pizza or other food as the mood rises.

Matches are listed here:

The First match is between former champion Camden Riviere ( and Nick Howell (  played Monday and Wednesday in England.

The Second match is between Chris Chapman ( and Ben Taylor-Matthews ( in Melbourne, Australia.Please come learn about this ancient and historic sport 

The World Championship Match challenging the current World Champion, Rob Fahey (  is scheduled for April 22nd, 24th, & 26th (Wednesday, Friday, & Sunday) when I would like to do it all again.

Real tennis is the original racquet sport from which the modern game of lawn tennis, or tennis, is descended. Real tennis is still played at a small number of active courts in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and France. It is also known as:

  • “court tennis” (America)
  • jeu de paume (France)
  • and formerly called “royal tennis” (Australia)

The term real tennis is often thought to be a corruption of this last name and related to the game’s connection with royalty during its heyday in England and France in the 16th and 17th centuries. In fact “real” was first used at the end of the 19th century as a retronym to distinguish it from the then recently invented game of lawn tennis. Real tennis players often just call it “tennis,” describing the modern game as “lawn tennis.”

 More about the Game:

Please come and learn about this wild and archaic sport, meet your friends, and have a fun time.

~ John Steffian

Location Pub Room

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