Real tennis meets a venue rich in royal heritage as the 2022 Real Tennis Champions Trophy returns to Hampton Court Palace. For ticket information see below.
NEWSFLASH: CONGRATULATIONS to the 14-time world champion Rob Fahey who beat Ben Taylor-Matthews 6/2 4/6 6/2 6/3 to claim the 2022 Real Tennis Champions Trophy. Stay tuned here for news of the 2023 championships as soon as published. And in the meantime … 👇
👀 LOVE LIVE SPORT? Visit our ‘What’s On’ page here for the No. 1 guide to spectator experiences coming up in LONDON. And to ensure you don’t miss a moment of the action subscribe here to our newsletter. 👀
The world’s best real tennis players are in action this week on the historic tennis court at Hampton Court Palace, with the last two players standing (see below for match schedule and main draw) set for a high noon showdown on Sunday in the 2022 Real Tennis Champions Trophy final.
For over 400 years the Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace has witnessed generation after generation of royal intrigue and sporting drama, with Charles II, William III and even Prince Albert all mastering the art of Real Tennis within its walls. And this week the sport returns to its spiritual home as Hampton Court plays host to the Real Tennis Champions Trophy.
Now in its 4th year, The Champions Trophy celebrates the skill and dedication of this ancient sport, and fuses modern athleticism, power and guile with this strategic and challenging pursuit once beloved of kings. Like the legendary tournaments held by Henry VIII at the palace, the Real Tennis Champions Trophy will bring together the sport’s finest players under one royal roof – real drama is definitely included in the ticket!
Don’t know the rules of Real Tennis? Not to worry! Champions Trophy Stewards and other spectators will assist you with the rules and tactics of this highly intriguing game. There is also help on the ‘How To Play’ section of the tournament website.
(Preview courtesy of the Royal Tennis Court website.)
ONES TO WATCH
Rob Fahey – current and 14x World Champion
John Lumley – current British Open Champion
Chris Chapman – current Australian Open Champion
Bryn Sayers – 2012 British Open & US Open Champion
Ben Taylor-Matthews – current world ranking #4
Nick Howell – current world ranking #7
Tickets for the Real Tennis Champions Trophy are currently off-sale. Viewing options are as follows:
Dedans Gallery – Courtside close to the action. The Dedans Gallery is situated at the North end of the Court by the entrance to the Royal Tennis Court Club rooms. Non-allocated places – bench seating with narrow access. A Champions Trophy Steward will be present to assist.
Upper Gallery – An aerial view of the court and action. Not suitable for people with disabilities of fear of heights. The Upper Gallery is located at the South end of the Court, via a narrow winding staircase. Non-allocated places – standing with narrow access. A Champions Trophy Steward will present to assist.
Note from event organiser – Although every attempt will be made to accommodate all, unfortunately, due to the nature of the historic venue, disabled spectators may find access unsuitable. The viewing galleries are not suitable for individuals under the age of 8 years.
Schedule and draw
Four of the ten Champions Trophy participants compete in a qualification group. The two players with the best results qualify for the main draw. Each match is one set to nine games. This event takes place over a single day, Tuesday 21st June, providing six quick-fire, high-pressure matches – exciting for both competitors and spectators.
Qualification positions are determined by: number of wins; then games won/lost ratio, if tied; then the result between players, if tied.
Tuesday 21st June – Qualifying Day – Session One – 11am (3x matches)
Tuesday 21st June – Qualifying Day – Session Two – 3pm (3x matches)
Wednesday 22nd – Main Draw – Session One – 11am (2x matches)
Wednesday 22nd – Main Draw – Session Two- 4pm (2x matches)
Thursday 23rd June – Main Draw – Session One (only) – 4pm (2x matches)
Friday 24th June – Players Rest Day – No matches
Saturday 25th June – Semi-finals – Session (only) – 11am (2x matches)
Sunday 26th June – Champions Trophy Final – 12 noon – followed by Prize party
Travel tips: Hampton Court overground 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. See the Hampton Court Palace ‘Getting Here’ page for directions to the palace.
Visitors can use the main public car park within HCP if there is space. The entrance is via the main gate immediately on the north side of Hampton Court Bridge. If the main gate is shut then you can drive up to it and the security guards will open it and let you in if you tell them that you are visiting to watch the Champions Trophy tennis.
If the car park is full then you will have to use one of the public car parks at Hampton Court station or in Bushy Park, or find a space in the limited on-street parking nearby.
Getting to the court
Entrance is via Tennis Court Lane the road that runs along the left hand side of the Palace when viewed from the main, front entrance.
Go through the security barrier, where the guards will have your name on a list. Continue to the very end of the lane and go through the left hand archway facing you. Go through two sets of doors and you will arrive at the court. The club rooms are at the far end of the court, behind the dedans.
Tourists and other visitors to HCP are free to watch from behind the hazard and service galleries during British Summer Time.
👀 For lots more great spectator action coming right up in London visit our ‘What’s On’ page here.