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Royal interest in the sport started in England with Henry V, but it was made the biggest impact on the sport, playing the game often in Hampton Court. In France, the sport caught the attention of Francois I who was a promoter and player of the sport, building courts and encouraging play. The first known book on tennis was written during his reign. The game thrived among the 17th century nobility in France, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands.
+Equipment+The sport of real tennis was played using two major pieces of equipment, a racket and a large, hard ball;
- Racket: Like the rackets later used by modern sports, Real Tennis used a hefty, wooden racket with its head having a slight curve it to, using the racket required strength and speed, due to the heavy ball.
- Ball: The ball of the time was made purely of Cork wood, with a diameter of 2 ½ inches, the cork then covered in a layer of cloth, traditionally white, later balls were painted yellow. Commonly in the game a basket of balls would be on either side of the court, as many balls were lost due to the nature of the game.
- Leather Glove: The game originally started with the use of a leather game to than, for lack of better terms, ‘smack’ the ball with your hand, however this is no longer used unless you wish to be hardcore (Which I respect, keep living on the edge you rebel.)
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