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Jeu de Paume at the Olympics

Jeu de Paume (which literally means "game of the palm") was played only once as an official sport at the Olympic level, in 1908. The competition was held at the Queen's Club in West Kensington, London. Jeu de paume is also called 'real tennis' or 'court tennis'. What we now call tennis or lawn tennis (which was also a demonstration sport and now an official Olympic medal sport) is derived from this older version of the game.


  1. Jay Gould (United States)
  2. Eustace Miles (Great Britain)
  3. Neville Lytton (Great Britain)
Real tennis match played in Oxford UK a real tennis match played in Oxford UK in 2005


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