Hyde Tennis Club
Originally built in 1885, the real tennis court at The Hyde has had a colourful history. Hyde Tennis Club has undergone numerous changes in its time. More recently the court has been renovated to its former glory. And is once again one of the finest examples of a Real Tennis court anywhere in the world.
Real Tennis is the oldest of all the racquet sports and dates back many hundreds of years. Originally a form of handball, the game was first written about by French monks in the 12th Century. However, the game has been traced back to 5th Century Tuscany. Over time, the game developed and saw many changes, such as the introduction of racquets. Popularity of the sport grew and by the early part of the 19th Century there were many hundreds of courts throughout Europe.
Towards the end of the 19th Century some courts fell into disuse as the game was superseded by Lawn Tennis. However, the last 20 years has seen a resurgence in the sport. New courts have been built. Whereas old courts like Hyde Tennis Club have also been renovated.
With a wide range of members, you will always be able to find a partner to play against. Plus the club’s professionals are always looking pair players. So, if you in need of an opponent simply ask!
For anyone starting out, the club professionals are on hand to help. They are always available to offer guidance, and advice. And for newcomers, or those willing to progress their game further lessons are also available.
The unique scoring and handicapping system allows players to play competitively, no matter how new they are to the game. There are regular tournaments and competitive, which allow players of all standards the chance to compete.
Annaul membership of The Hyde Tennis Club includes booking privileges and savings on court fees. Members are also eligible to play in club matches and tournaments.
There is also a pro shop which sells a range of clothes and rackets as well as offering a repair service. The club professionals are on hand to answer any questions you have about equipment.