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The Real Tennis Champions Trophy 2019

Real tennis meets a venue rich in royal heritage as the 2019 Real Tennis Champions Trophy final takes place at Hampton Court Palace.  Standing tickets are available.

Over the last week the world’s best real tennis players have been in action on the historic tennis courts at Hampton Court Palace and this afternoon the tournament reaches a finale as the last two players standing compete to win the Real Tennis Champions Trophy.

The draw

The format of this world-ranking tournament reduces the size of the draw to the world’s top eight players, resulting in exciting sporting action at every stage, with the amazing backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

Tennis, but not as you know it

Real tennis is an ancient game played by kings of Europe, most famously by the young Henry VIII. Henry was a keen and talented tennis player who spent hours on court.

The game today still embraces its history and intrigue, using rules that date back to the 15th century, and is practised by dedicated professional athletes.

Power, dexterity and breathtaking skill

Like a tournament of old, it’s the real tennis player’s ambition to be crowned the best of the best. The Real Tennis Champions Trophy is a unique chance to see the game played at the highest level — with extraordinary speed, power, control and grace.

Pros from America, Australia, France and the UK, including 2018 Champion Camden Riviere, will grace the competition court and provide inspiration and entertainment.

(Preview courtesy of the Hampton Court Palace website)

Match starts at 1pm.

Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets‘ link.  Note:- A ticket allows general entry to Hampton Court Palace during open hours of 10am-6pm.

Travel tips

Car parking (limited) is available on-site at £1.60 per hour and also nearby at Hampton Court Green (located 500m from the entrance to the palace) at £1.50 per hour.

Travel by rail.  Hampton Court station is a 5-minute walk from the palace.  The station is in zone 6 and Oyster cards are accepted on the route.  Services run from London Waterloo every 30 minutes, calling at Vauxhall, Clapham Junction, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Raynes Park, New Maldon, Berrylands, Surbiton and Thames Ditton.

Travel by bus.  From Kingston – 111*, 216*, 411*, 461, 513.  From Richmond – R68*.