Jeu de Paume

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Jeu de Paume lit­er­ally means ‘‘game of the palm’’, as in its orig­i­nal form the game was like squash but us­ing your hands in­stead of a racket to strike the ball. Jeu de Paume is also called ‘‘Real Ten­nis’’ or ‘‘Court Ten­nis’’, to dis­tin­guish it from the game of lawn ten­nis which evolved from this game. The rules and scor­ing of real ten­nis are sim­i­lar to those of lawn ten­nis. A real ten­nis court is a build­ing with high walls and ceil­ing. The court is en­closed by walls on all sides, with three hav­ing slop­ing roofs with var­i­ous open­ings un­derneath, and a but­tress that in­trudes into the play­ing area off which shots can be played. All courts share the same ba­sic lay­out but have slightly dif­fer­ent di­men­sions. Real ten­nis is played on 47 ex­ist­ing courts in the United King­dom, Aus­tralia, the United States, and France.

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