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In the two decades after the Second World War real tennis was a little-known, little-played sport, considered the private domain of a privileged few and probably a relic of a game played by monks in their spare time. However, the last thirty years of the twentieth century saw a change in the fortunes of the game. Numbers of players worldwide began to grow and with this growth came a greater interest in the history of the game. Now the sport is flourishing in many parts of the world, along with an interest in the interrelated history of many ball games, especially those which were being played and, in some cases, are still being played in Europe. This book gives an overview of the game, looking particularly at its history, other related ball games, equipment and rules, heroes, villains and victims of real tennis and the game in Europe, Australia and the United States.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747806103
ISBN-10: 0747806101
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 150mm x 3mm)
Pages: 40
Imprint: Shire Publications Ltd
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Kathryn McNicoll

Kathryn McNicoll comes from a sporting family. Her father played cricket, captaining the East African and Tanganyikan teams. Both her brothers and three of her nephews are real tennis professsionals: her older brother was real tennis world champion and his wife a former British Ladies Champion, founded the Ladies' Real Tennis Association. Kathryn is a teacher of English as a foreign language and plays tennis as a hobby.