Published on: Mar 12, 2020

Due to the challenging and exceptional circumstances of the Corona virus (Covid-19) and its spread, the World Championship Executive have discussed with the IWCC members the unprecedented decision of a postponement of the 2020 World Championship. 

This action has not been taken lightly but the Executive believes that it is the most prudent course of action and this is supported by the National Associations on the IWCC.  Our first priority has to be for the health and safety of every person involved in the Challenge, spectators, organisers, and players alike.

The Challenge will now be held in October 2020 in the week commencing 19th October, with the match days being the 20th, 22nd and 24th October. 




Thursday, 12 March 2020


Official Statement from the 2020 World Championship Committee at Prested Real Tennis Club


Due to the unprecedented global spread and impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the International World Championship Committee (IWCC) Executive of Jeremy Wintersteen, Susie Falkner and Andrew Gould, along with the heads of the national governing bodies of Real Tennis, it has been decided in the best interest for all that the 2020 World Championships be rescheduled till October 2020. We have the full support from 2020 World Championships Committee, Prested Tennis Club management team, all sponsors and associated third parties.


The new dates will be:

Day 1: Tuesday 20th October, Day 2: Thursday 22nd October & Day 3: Saturday 24th October 2020, followed by Championship Gala Dinner on the evening of the 24thOctober.


We would hope that all of those involved will fully support this decision which has not been taken lightly.  These are extraordinary times and we face an extraordinary challenge. Our first priority has to be for the health and safety of every person involved – spectators, organisers, players and their families alike. 



 Confirmation of all tickets with the rescheduled dates will be emailed to all ticket holders over the next 2-3 weeks


A note from the Prested 2020 World Championship Committee:

First and foremost, nothing is more important than protecting the health of our players, local and international attendees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors and everyone who is involved with the event, this is of paramount importance.  We are unanimously supportive of this directive and would like to make the transition as seamless as possible, taking into account both our overseas visitors and our U.K supporters. We have been actively contacting suppliers, sponsors & event venues to ensure that the October event will be amazing.



We have negotiated with accommodation partners to have a free of charge move across to the new dates*. Please contact the hotels directly &promptly to confirm these changes and your new dates.  Prested Hall is currently available for continuous nights from the Arriving 20th – Departing 24th October, 2020. If you need assistance please email


*Subject to availability