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Fives is a popular English sport which is basically derived from the similar origins of many racket sports. In this sport, a ball is propelled against the walls in a specially designed court by using a bare or gloved hand as a racket.

This sport also has a huge similarity with the sport called hand-pelota. This sport has also been known as hand-tennis, historically played between the buttresses of various church buildings in England. There are also many similarities of this sport with the North American and Irish handball games.

This sport is not the same as the Long Fives sport which is played in a real tennis court. This spectacular sport have different types which are like for instance Eton Fives, Rugby Fives, Warminster Fives, Winchester Fives, Clifton Fives and St. John Fives. This sport is popular in New Zealand and Australia.

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