Real Tennis also known as Royal or Court tennis in the USA
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A ball for 'real' or 'royal' tennis, fashioned from leather with a stuffing of compacted dog's hair. The leather has been cut into quarters and the segments are stitched together along the seams. This ball was discovered in the rafters of Westminster Hall in the 1920s. There is no evidence that real tennis was played at Westminster after c.1520 and so this ball almost certainly dates to the late 15th or very early 16th century.
Una antigua enciclopedia inglesa editada en el año 1659, con textos en latín e inglés, y posteriormente traducida al alemán, establece una cierta relación entre el tenis con el juego romano Ludus Pilae, que a su vez es un derivado del de los antiguos juegos griegos Sfairisticke, el tenis es un juego para los nobles, mientras que el se ve por la ventana es un juego más popular y parece jugarse con las manos.
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Tennis is one of the oldest of all racquet sports. During the Tudor times it was played indoors in a large room with a net.Like tennis today, players had to hit the ball over the net. However, in the Tudor times they could also score points by hitting the ball into one of three goals high in the walls. The ball could also be bounced off the walls.Tudor tennis rackets were made of wood and strung with sheep gut. The leather tennis balls were filled with hair.