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Falkland Palace. Royal Tennis Falkland Palace RoyalTennis Court.

450th Anniversary Tournament. Mon 1010 Sun 16. Falkland Palace. File.

Openingtimesvary. Forexample. on Sat15.the Palace and garden willbe opentothe publiclr0n12pm. andthe courtlrom 4pm.

There are abou130 Royalor'real' tennis courtsinthe world. andthe one at the Falkland Palace in File is widely recognisedto betheoldest. Builttor KingJamesVin1539. itcelebratesits 45Uth anniversary this year. and to markthe occasion. a week-long internationaltournamenthasbeen organised. involving 24 amateurteams trom Scotland. England. Australia. the USA. France and elsewhere. plus eight professionals who will be competing in theirowninvitation singles eventon Sunday16. Scotland will be represented byteamslrom Falkland Palaceitsellandlromthe Sun Courtin Troon.the only otherRoyalTennis courtinthe country. On Sa115. lurther regal interestwill be provided byHRH Prince Edwardwho will be attending the amateurlinals. presenting trophies. openinganew. permanent exhibition andtaking partinadoubles match ortwo.

As wellasbeingthe oldestcourt and the most northerly. Falkland is unique inbeingthe only open aircourtinthe Palace andgardensthemselves are worldandtheonlyremainingexample wellworthavisit.(MikeWilson)

The more populardesign. the ‘jeu dedans'. is synonymous with younger courts. such asthose builtinthe 19th century. when the sport enjoyed a briel revitalisation intortunes. ltisbelievedthatRoyalTennis originated in medieval France and reached Scotland belore England. thanks tothe AuldAlliance. The peculiararray olbuttresses. sloping roots and wall alcoves which adorna court serve notonlyto complicate playingthe game butalso scoring points. Unlike moderntennis. the physicalsurrounds canbe usedto divert the course of the ball. and in some cases extra points can be gained by strikingthe ball againstcertainparts olthe court. Thisgivesrisetothe suggestionthatRoyalTennis is ‘a combination ollawntennis. squash. cricketand chess.

Masochists will beturtherdelighted to learn that the game is played on llagstones. with a solid ball (which can pickupspeed as itbounces ottthe walls). using a racket with a small. asymetrical head.

Underthe aegis olthe NationalTrust. the Falkland Palace courthas been recently renovated. and of course the

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