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Hampton Court Palace to host Real Tennis Champions Trophy for the second consecutive year

Following the success of its inaugural year in 2017, the Real Tennis Champions Trophy will once again return to Hampton Court Palace from 17 – 22 July 2018.
Set to be bigger and better than before and with the world’s greatest players signed up to participate, the tournament offers a unique chance to soak up the action on the Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace, which is the world’s most historic court and a designated National Monument. 

Professional competitors from around the world will come together at this publicly ticketed tournament and battle it out to be crowned the victor. The current World Champion, Camden Riviere, will return in 2018 to defend his title.

Steeped in history, the Royal Tennis Court has witnessed over 400 years 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. One of fewer than fifty real tennis courts in the world still in use, the Royal Tennis Court is also one of the few courts in the world where the public can watch this intriguing sport.

In addition to the main Real Tennis action, there will be daily expositions on court to enable visitors to learn more about the history and rules of the game, alongside interactive activities and the chance to meet the players themselves.

Liz Young, Head of Events at Historic Royal Palaces, says: “We’re thrilled to be hosting the Real Tennis Champions Trophy at Hampton Court Palace for the second consecutive year, following a fantastic inaugural year in 2017. The incredible history associated with the Royal Tennis Court makes it the perfect setting for this event. During the tournament we will also be utilising Hampton Court Palace’s East Front to provide a range of educational content for visitors, as well as an exclusive opportunity to meet the players. We have also developed bespoke hospitality packages that are guaranteed to provide a completely unique entertaining experience.

“In addition to witnessing some exhilarating action, spectators attending the tournament will play their part in ensuring the palace continues to be well maintained and open for all to enjoy as income raised from commercial activities is reinvested in conservation, public access and educational activities.”

The tournament kicks off with qualifying rounds on 17 July, before Champions Trophy matches start on 18 July. It will culminate in a grand final on 22 July, which will see two players battle it out on the Royal Tennis Court to lift the 2018 Real Tennis Champions Trophy. Match day tournament tickets start from £25 and include admission into Hampton Court Palace.

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