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The Royal Tennis Court Vacancy

    The Royal Tennis Court (RTC) situated at Hampton Court Palace (HCP) is a vibrant and historic real tennis club committed to the advancement of the game. The club has over 450 members, an energetic and forward thinking Board of Directors and a dedicated team of professionals led...

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Robert L Fahey MBE AOM

In Her Majesty’s 2019 birthday honours Rob Fahey has been awarded the Order of Australia      Robert L Fahey, MBE, AOM The IRTPA congratulate Rob on his achievements in tennis and for the recognition he so richly deserves.

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WC 2020 News and Updates

Sign up to keep up-to-date with the latest information as it is released. Please follow this link, by clicking HERE in order to receive the regular updates

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The 2020 World Challenge Venue

We are delighted to announce that the 2020 Challenge will be held during the week commencing 19th April at Prested Hall Tennis Club. As details of the week are fully formalised all information on ticketing and social events will be available here. Prested Hall Tennis Club’s first promotional video...

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The Final Eliminator 2020

  How to bid for the final eliminator can be downloaded here There have been changes made due to feedback from clubs who have been interested in the past.  The main change is a club has an option to place a bid which will only stand if the player...

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Ged Eden Development Fund (GED FUND)

  Donations are made via GoFundMe It is simple to do and will only take a few minutes of your time

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Gerard Eden R.I.P.

20th September 1976 – 8th January 2019 Age 42 Early Life   Born in Tasmaniato Elizabeth and the late Christopher Eden, he grew up with his older brother Andrew. Educated at Mt Carmel and St Peters Primary schools and St Virgils College, he graduated with an Arts degree from...

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Champions Trophy News Coverage

The team at the Royal Tennis Court and HRP have achieved great coverage  for this year’s Real Tennis Champions Trophy by way of  social media – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and live streaming, this coverage is one of the objectives the event hopes to achieve year in year out to help...

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2018 World Challenge Goes To The Third Day

The 2018 Challenge is Camden Riviere’s first defence of his title which he won by defeating Rob Fahey, the holder of the title for 22 years in Newport, Rhode Island in 2016. The world challenge started on Tuesday 24th April with 4 sets played of a possible 13 sets.  At...

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Fahey Wins In Chicago

The 1st leg was won by Rob Fahey in four sets.  Steve Virgona now has to win both of the legs at Prested.  The score was 4/6 6/4 6/3 6/1

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Fahey v Sayers Goes To Final Day

Tennis of the highest order was seen on the first day’s play. It was a match of intensity and committed tennis from both players.  Rob Fahey leads by sets 3/1.  The 4th set played could have gone either way, but it was Fahey who won it.  The set scores...

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Fahey -v- Sayers Streaming

Streaming for this event can be seen by following this link

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Streaming of Virgona -v- Chapman match

Thursday 8th February and Saturday 10th February The match times are: Thursday:  18:30 GMT Saturday:  15:30 GMT Streaming of the matches can be seen by following this link  

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Queen’s Club Tickets for Sayers -v- Fahey

   1st round eliminator tickets available now Friday 9th February and Sunday 11th February Match Times:  Friday 18:00 Sunday 16:00 Tickets can be purchased by completing the form and returning by email or post as indicated on the form

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RTC Tickets For Virgona -v – Chapman

1st round eliminator tickets available now to buy Thursday 8th February and Saturday 10th February 2018 Match times: Thursday 18:30 Saturday 15:30   Tickets can be bought either for Day 1, for Day 2, or a Combi ticket that combines both days for a discount. Dedans front row (with...

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DATES for the 1st Round Eliminators

The dates are now confirmed for these two events.  As soon as information on how to apply for tickets becomes available it will be published on this site. Steve Virgona – v – Chris Chapman Thursday 8th and Saturday 10th February At RTC Robert Fahey – v – Bryn...

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AppsPlus IRTPA Championships

Bizarre happenings! Friday saw the day of the semi-finals at the AppsPlus IRTPA Championships.  The first match up was Camden Riviere and Ben Matthews and for two sets Matthews pushed Riviere into play some outstanding tennis.  These sets were won by Riviere 6/3 6/4.  Riviere then raised his game...

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Chisholm and Riviere Retain World Doubles Title

They did the unthinkable, but maybe they never had any doubts, Chisholm and Riviere retained their title and won all 5 sets today in the most impressive display of doubles play I have been privileged to see.  For Fahey and Smith it is the tough end of sport and...

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Robert Fahey – MBE

Congratulations from all of Rob’s fellow professionals on his being awarded the MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List.  

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Real Tennis Magazine

This new and exciting magazine is now available by subscription.  The Mission Statement from Bob Rulli, the Publisher and Chief Content Officer says “Our goal is to contribute towards the growth and promotion of our great game internationally for amateur and professionals, juniors, seniors and women. Each issue will...

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British Open 2016 Synopsis Up To Semi’s Completion

The 2016 Neptune British Open singles is the strongest field of any event in recent times. The top 10 world ranked players, plus the 11th, 12th and 13th ranked players 1          Camden Riviere 2          Rob Fahey 3          Steve Virgona 4          Bryn Sayers 5          Tim Chisholm 6          Ben Taylor-Matthews 7         ...

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World Championship Bidding

Details of how to bid for the 2018 World Championship can be read by clicking the image below.  Bids for being the host club in 2018 should be with the IRTPA by the 27th February 2017.  The world championships enters a new era with the new champion, Camden Riviere, defending...

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A Permanent Video Page

There are now three videos on a permanent link which can be found under ‘Tournaments’ in the top menu bar.  More videos will follow in September.  The current videos are : World Challenge Melbourne 2014 World Challenge Newport 2016 of Camden Rivere World Challenge Newport 2016 of Rob Fahey...

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Camden Riviere Honoured By Aiken

Camden Riviere first played this sport as a child in Aiken and he has just been honoured by the town for his massive achievement on becoming the world’s 25th holder of the World Championship. Below is an extract of his play during the challenge match at Newport and the...

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Andrew Lyons

Andrew Lyons is leaving the Queen’s Club where he has worked for the past 25 years. As CEO of the IRTPA I have worked with ‘Drew’ especially since 2004 when he has been the marker of the world championship challenges.  He is one of the most professional of professionals...

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IRTPA UK Professional Doubles 2016

The IRTPA UK Professional doubles is being held at Prested Hall July 8th – 11th. It is hugely exciting to have this tournament back on the calendar and the UK’s top professionals will be gracing the court to battle it out for the title.  This tournament was last run...

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US Pro Singles Playing For The Schochet Cup

  This is the tournament loved by all the players, it attracts the elite players, plus the young up and coming players of the future by running two tournaments.  The format is the same as the IRTPA Championships held in the UK with the main event comprising the top...

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A New World Champion

Camden Riviere is the new world champion The result of the long anticipated challenge is now known and with the amazing broadcast of the tennis through the week you can now see replays of how it all unfolded.  He defeated Rob Fahey over three days 7/2.  It was awesome tennis,...

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1st Day of the Challenge – A View From the Dedans

The first 4 sets of the best of 13 set challenge were played on Tuesday 17th May. For those who were unable to be present but had access to the internet, there was streaming of this being broadcast at the highest level currently obtainable.  It was just as well it...

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Real Tennis EMERGENCY – Dublin Needs Your Help

Proposed alterations to Dublin Court building would likely prevent it being used for tennis ever again. Needless to say this would be a disaster not only for our Irish friends but the whole Real Tennis community. Please help prevent this happening by following the instructions below. Urgent: Planning Application...

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Virgona Through To Final Eliminator

Steve Virgona playing on his home court of Chicago defeated Tim Chisholm in the second leg of this best of three 5 set matches 6/2 6/5 6/4.  In the first leg on Chisholm’s home court, Tuxedo, Virgona won 6/4, 6/2, 0/6, 5/6, 6/4. Camden Riviere and Steve Virgona play in...

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Who Will Challenge The World Champion?

The dates are all set, the pressure is on for those playing in the eliminators and the world champion, Robert Fahey, defending his title for the twelfth time, waits in the challenge round to take on, as yet, an unknown opponent. The First Eliminator is between Steve Virgona and Tim Chisholm....

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Two Open Single Titles

Claire Fahey today won the Australian Open Singles defeating Penny Lumley 6/0 6/0. This was followed by her husband, Rob Fahey winning his 14th Australian Open Title bringing his Open single wins to 48 defeating Ben Taylor-Mathews 6/4 6/2 6/1.

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1st Round of WC Eliminators

Three players have entered the eliminator process.  In order of their ranking in the World Race Points following the 2015 British Open they are: Camden Riviere Steve Virgona Tim Chisholm Camden now receives a bye to the final eliminator.  The matches between Tim and Steve are: Saturday March 12th...

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Head Professional Wellington College

Head Professional, Wellington Real Tennis Club   Wellington College offers a unique opportunity for a Real Tennis Professional to lead the establishment of a brand new Real Tennis Club on its campus in Berkshire. With the generous support of donors, the College is building a new facility to deliver...

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The Race Is On

There are four world ranking tournaments before the World Race for the 2016 Challenge concludes: The French Open, Paris, 21st – 28th September.  The entries for this event close on the 7th September The European Open, MCC, 12th – 16th October.  The draw can be viewed here The IRTPA Championships,...

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New Doubles World Champions

  This competition started in 2001 and was played at what was then called The Burroughs Club, Peter Luck-Hille’s wonderful millennium court in London.  The inaugural winners were Tim Chisholm and Julian Snow.  Since then Tim has been the finalist on three occasions; 2003 playing with Josh Bainton, 2007...

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Charity Golf Day At Radley

  I know that you probably receive lots of mail etc asking for donations for a variety of charities but THIS is an amazing place and I would really like your help and support  even if you are unable to donate directly to this fund raising day for Thomley. Any help you can give...

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Standing Room Only

The IRTPA Premier Division National League Final At Holyport Real Tennis Club starting at 17:30 World Champions Rob and Claire Fahey representing Holyport Real Tennis Club against The Royal Tennis Court’s team of Chris Chapman and Darren Long. Holyport are undefeated this season 8 wins from 8 rubbers; will they...

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Riviere’s Dominance Continues

Camden Riviere defeated Rob Fahey in the US Open Final 6/0 6/1 4/6 6/3.  His tournament statistics are compelling as were Rob Fahey’s until Riviere became the dominant player.  He now only has to win the remaining two Open events this year and he will have his first grand slam;...

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Camden Riviere Wins Australian Open

Camden Riviere has made another ‘first’ for himself in winning this year’s Australian Open Singles title today in Melbourne.  He defeated Chris Chapman 6/1 6/2 6/2 and has now achieved the grand slam, although not in a calendar year.  However, this remarkable player has that ‘unbeatable aura’ surrounding him...

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The Delay In The World Championship Challenge

It may not have been clear to the audience present at RMTC or to those following on line the events which led to the postponement of the third day of play. Below is a summary of events: This morning, Saturday 10th May after a night of high humidity and...

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The Final Eliminator 2014

Chicago 18th – 22nd March The contestants are now known following the first round of eliminators Steve Virgona defeated Bryn Sayers matches 2/1.  The scores were: 1st Leg Steve Virgona 6/4 6/3 6/3 2nd Leg Bryn Sayers 2/6 3/6 6/4 6/1 6/5 3rd Leg Steve Virgona 5/6 6/4 6/1 6/3...

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WOW – Sayers Wins 2nd Leg

This eliminator goes down to the wire.  Sayers wins 6/5 in the 5th. The club was packed, around 110 spectators and the noise was deafening, the ‘buzz’ of anticipation pervaded amongst those present.  The majority of whom were for their ‘man’ Steve Virgona.  Of course, it was the same...

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World Challenge May 2014

Full information on ticketing and social events is now available Register your ticket preferences now for the big event at The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club 5th – 10th May,match days are the 6th, 8th and 10th by going to this link.  The RMTC also have a new web site,...

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PlayBrave Super Series – Final!

After months of battling the final is here!  Sadly we lost Chris Chapman along the way to injury, but wish him a speedy recovery.  Tom Durack filled in for one fixture and Conor Medlow in for the other two.  Prested, Leamington, Moreton Morrell and Hatfield House have been treated...

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Ricardo Smith off to Newport, RI

Ricardo Smith starts his new position as Senior Professional of Newport Rhode Island as of the new year.  Ricardo who learnt the game at Prested Hall, has been a professional there for over 10 years.  He has been instrumental at Prested, setting up a fantastic club base and renown...

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Charleston, Daniel Island – New Court

Why, Where & How? BACKGROUND In an effort to grow, develop and promote the game of court tennis, a group of people have put together a plan to build a court in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island. It has been in the planning and development stage for two years...

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The World Championships – Update

THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2014 Supported by Link Pumps                   The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club Melbourne Australia 5-10 May 2014 Preliminary Information for Visitors The Royal Melbourne Tennis Club looks forward to welcoming you to Melbourne in May 2014 for the World...

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Holyport Professional Required

Holyport Real Tennis Club Professional Required There is a vacancy for a Professional at the Holyport Real Tennis Club to start as soon as possible after the 1st September. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wishes to enhance their management skills working in a Professional team under the guidance and...

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British Challenge Final

If this event was not on your radar, it is over!  The British Challenge final is played over the best of 13 sets and what a final it was. A quick reminder on the overall format of this new tournament.  The best 8 players are eligible if they are British...

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Moreton Position

Assistant Professional at Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club There is a vacancy for an assistant professional at Moreton Morrell Tennis Court Club to start at any time after  1 September 2013. The club is looking for someone with the CPD level 1 certification, (or the earlier Basic Certificate) who...

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Upsets at the British Challenge

Ricardo Smith was in his element today and could hardly do anything wrong.  The play was always “full throttle” and I think Bryn Sayers was a little taken aback by the way Ricardo started playing and could not find an answer.  Ricardo has played very few tournaments in the...

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New Official Clothing Partner

The Association is delighted to announce PlayBrave’s appointment as our Official Clothing Partner     PlayBrave is a British company and their garments are ideally suited to Real Tennis. They combine freedom of movement, lightness and insulation – and their brand philosophy is spot on for the Real Tennis...

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1000 Weeks

May 5th marks an extraordinary feat.  1000 weeks as undefeated world champion and the weeks are still accumulating.  It is a massive achievement, records are there to be broken but I personally am not sure when, or indeed if, this one will be. Many congratulations to you Rob from...

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Court Tennis In Charleston

Help bring real tennis to Charleston, SC! The Court Tennis Charleston Project is moving at a great pace to get a new court built. The club, which would also feature the official Real Tennis Hall of Fame, is to be located on the beautiful Daniel Island in Charleston, SC....

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The World Challenge 2014

There were no bids received for hosting the 2014 Challenge. The Executive to the IWCC is now pursuing other options available for the upcoming challenge and will be updating on 23rd April the ‘state of play’    

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Normal Service Resumed

The web site’s transfer for the email address of the IRTPA (ceo@irtpa.com) is now working again. The site is still being enhanced and developed, some of the changes are subtle but there are some major enhancements on the way.  There will be a video section – one of these...

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New Web Site

If you are reading this, then the new site is launched! You will see as you browse around the site many enhancements and many new elements.  It is by no means yet complete, but the time had come to launch the site.  Over the next weeks there will be...

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