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6th Jun 2024

Two world titles won by Great Britain at The Real Tennis Masters, Hatfield Park

Hatfield Park recently hosted the over 70’s Danby Cup and over 80’s Munoz Cup sections of The Real Tennis Masters World Championships over the course of a week-long festival of sport, bringing competitors and spectators together from all corners of the globe.

One of several games sometimes referred to as ‘the sport of kings’, Real Tennis originated in France in the 12th century and was the forerunner of the more modern lawn tennis game.

The Masters takes place every other year, with the UK, Australia, France and the USA taking turns to host the event, these being the locations of the remaining 45 active Real Tennis courts in the world.

The stunningly beautiful and historical backdrop of Hatfield Park was very much appreciated by the competitors and partners, who also enjoyed complimentary access to the exquisite park and woodlands.

The event commenced with a welcome reception for competitors and their partners. Lord Salisbury gave a warm welcome to the guests, who were also joined by Annie Brewster, who has recently been appointed High Sheriff of Hertfordshire by the King, and who enjoyed watching several matches throughout the tournament.

Annie commented:

“It was a joy to welcome such distinguished players from all over the world to Hertfordshire.

Congratulations on a truly wonderful championship and to everyone who has taken part.”

Annie’s theme for her year in office is ‘Sport for Good’.

“I am passionate about the power of sport and physical activity as successful vehicle for social change in areas such as health and mental wellbeing, social inclusion, community cohesion, crime and disorder reduction, educational attainments and the development of skills leading to employment and economic prosperity.  I am very much looking forward to getting those who live and work in the county moving in this Olympic year.”

Annie becomes the first female Mayor of St Albans and the first female Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council to take on the historic position of High Sheriff of Hertfordshire which originated under the reign of King Edgar (959-975).

The triumphant GB team for the over 70’s Danby Cup included three members of Hatfield House Real Tennis Club, Jill Newby, Duncan Colquhoun and Jonathan Fisher. The GB team recorded impressive 3-0 wins without dropping a set in each of their matches against Australia, France and the USA.

The event was made all the more special with a Master’s gala dinner for 140 competitors and partners which took place in the magnificent Old Palace, with guests also enjoying a drinks reception in the beautiful Knot Garden, with Champagne provided by Pol Roger, who are celebrating their 175th anniversary and have long been a supporter of the game of Real Tennis. The guests also enjoyed a guided tour of the building where Queen Elizabeth I spent much of her happy childhood.

Commented one of the competitors:

“The Danby Cup was such a memorable experience. Hatfield House is such a beautiful place, and what made the event special was the hospitality, friendliness and organization. The final dinner in the Old Palace was spectacular.”

To speak to our knowledgeable team about hosting your next meeting or event at Hatfield Park please visit – Hatfield Park | Conferences & Events | Special Occasions | Hertfordshire (hatfield-house.co.uk)

To find out more about Real Tennis, please visit – Hatfield House Real Tennis Club

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