The Real Tennis Champions Trophy

Join us for our Annual International Real Tennis event to celebrate this ancient game, played by Henry VIII.

Join us for our Annual International Real Tennis event to celebrate this ancient game, played by Henry VIII.

When

  • Start date: 17 July 2018
  • End date: 22 July 2018

Ticketing information

Minimum age of 12 to book tickets.

Access to the standing ticket galleries will require climbing narrow stairs. If you have any access requirements phone the Contact Centre ahead of booking tickets. 

Customers are encouraged to book in advance but if any tickets are available they can be purchased on the day at the ticket office.

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Hampton Court Palace is proud to announce the return of the Hampton Court Palace Real Tennis Champions Trophy, to be held at the Royal Tennis Court, from the 17-22 July 2018.

Real Tennis is an ancient game played by kings of Europe, most famously by Henry VIII. The game today still embraces its history and intrigue, yet is practised by dedicated professional athletes of great skill.

Like a tournament of old, it’s the player’s ambition to be crowned the best of the best.

Competing for the tournament crown will be the world’s best Real Tennis players. Pros from America, Australia, France and the UK will grace the competition court and provide inspiration and entertainment.

This world ranking tournament will be played with a format that reduces the size of the draw to the world’s top eight players, resulting in exciting sporting action at every stage within the amazing backdrop of Hampton Court Palace.

Qualification group

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Four of the ten Champions Trophy participants compete in a qualification group. The two players with the best results qualify for the main draw. Each match is a one set match to nine games.

This event takes place over one day, providing six quick-fire, high pressure matches – exciting for both competitors and spectators.

Schedule of qualification matches

11:00 START

MATCH 1: Matthieu Sarlangue vs Darren Long

followed by

MATCH 2: John Lumley vs Conor Medlow

30-minute break – Real Tennis Exposition

MATCH 3: Conor Medlow vs Darren Long

followed by

MATCH 4: John Lumley vs Matthieu Sarlangue

30-minute break – Real Tennis Exposition

MATCH 5: Matthieu Sarlangue vs Conor Medlow

followed by

MATCH 6: John Lumley vs Darren Long

Orders of play

Wednesday 18 July

11:00 MATCH D: ROB FAHEY vs BEN TAYLOR-MATTHEWS

Followed by MATCH B: NICK HOWELL vs QUALIFIER 2

17:00 MATCH A: KIERAN BOOTH vs QUALIFIER 1

Followed by MATCH C: CAMDEN RIVIERE vs CHRIS CHAPMAN

Friday 20 July

14:30 MATCH E: WINNER MATCH B vs RUNNER-UP MATCH D

Followed by MATCH F: WINNER MATCH A vs RUNNER-UP MATCH C

Saturday 21 July

12:00 MATCH G: WINNER MATCH D vs WINNER MATCH E

Followed by MATCH H: WINNER MATCH C vs WINNER MATCH F

Sunday 22 July

12:00 FINAL: WINNER MATCH G vs WINNER MATCH H

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Supported by Mitsubishi Electric

Real Tennis World Champion, Camden Riviere, competing in 2017 Real Tennis Champions Trophy at the Royal Tennis Court.

Hospitality packages

Prefer your tennis with a spot of lunch?

Why not join us within the stunning private walled garden of the Royal Tennis Court for lunch al fresco or within the Albemarle Suite for a classic Afternoon Tea overlooking the Great Fountain Garden.

Both options below include a welcome drink, a guided tour of our historic palace and tickets to watch the Real Tennis action.

English Summer Luncheon

£95 +VAT Per person

Palace Afternoon Tea*

£160 +VAT Per person

*Minimum guest numbers apply.

Gala Dinner

In conjunction with the Hampton Court Palace Champions Trophy, we invite you and your party to join us in the majestic Great Hall to dine under the Tudor hammer-beam roof among the Champions Trophy players.

£155 +VAT Per person

Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Families Highlights

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Hampton Court Palace

Tower Green and scaffold site with the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and the Beauchamp Tower in the background
Things to see

Walk in the footsteps of those condemned to execution at the Tower of London on Tower Green and the Scaffold Site.

Open daily

Tower of London

A row of suits of armour and wooden horses statues in the Line of Kings exhibition in the White Tower of the Tower of London.
Things to see

Marvel at historic armour belonging to kings from William the Conqueror to George II in the Line of Kings in the White Tower.

Open daily

Tower of London

Tudor Pewter Goblet - celebrating the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the throne at Hampton Court Palace.

Tudor pewter goblet

Pewter goblet celebrating the 500th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s accession to the throne at Hampton Court Palace.

£65.00

Face on image of a Henry VIII dressed up brown teddy bear on a white background.

Henry VIII tudor teddy bear

Cuddle up with one of England's most iconic monarchs with our exclusive and super soft Henry VIII teddy bear. Henry VIII was the second king during the Tudor dynasty and is one of the most recognisable monarchs in history.

£14.99

Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn 'B' initial necklace mug

Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial necklace is arguably one of the most famous pieces of Tudor jewellery and is visible in many Anne Boleyn portraits. This exquisite stoneware mug features a unique interpretation of Anne Boleyn's 'B' initial pendant on a dramatic black glaze.

£9.99