Welcome to the Dutch RTA's new and improved website. This site deals with The Royal Game of Tennis, the forerunner of our present game of tennis, especially the game of Pallacorda as it was played at the Italian Renaissance Courts (between c.1470-1700). A new feature of the site is an overview of courts, past and present, spread over different countries in Europe.
A rare masterwork of tennis playing figures that anticipated surrealism. It dates from 1624. More
Nausicaa, the first tennis player. More
Trying to establish the true meaning of an engraving of 1647 with two tennis players is like solving a jigsaw puzzle. They may well be two cardinals playing the game. More
The Court, the Game and the Rules of Real tennis. More