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real tennis

Line breaks: real ten¦nis

Definition of real tennis in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The original form of tennis, played with a solid ball on an enclosed court divided into equal but dissimilar halves, the service side (from which service is always delivered) and the hazard side (on which service is received). A similar game was played in monastery cloisters in the 11th century.
Example sentences
  • Let me hasten to add, that's the smaller ball of real tennis, about 5-1/2 centimetres in diameter, not today's familiar lawn tennis ball.
  • In the early years of the reign of Henry VIII a law was passed in 1512 that banned the ordinary person from a whole range of games such as real tennis, as favoured by Henry VII, cards, dice, bowls and skittles.
  • He can be passionate about beekeeping or real tennis or skiing or collecting old books; but buildings are merely assets to buy and sell.

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