History, Collecting & Institutions


Leamington Tennis Court Club website – excellent and fun source of information on the history of tennis including an A-Z Guide

The Dutch Real Tennis Association website – history content provided by Cees de Bondt including a new Blog


The Society for Court Studies – founded in 1995, The Society’s activities are aimed at stimulating and co-ordinating the study of royal and princely courts and households from antiquity to the present.


William D. Haggard III Aiken, SC, USA


Historic Houses, Museums, Libraries, Archives and Academic Institutions 


International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum (Newport, RI) 

Lord’s Museum & Library

Museum of London – 16th century Tennis Ball

Kaatsen, Franeker Museum

Thomas Henry Museum, Cherbourg

Historic Houses


Falkland Palace (The National Trust for Scotland) 

Hampton Court Palace (Historic Royal Palaces) 

Hatfield House (The Treasure Houses of England)

Petworth House (National Trust)


Château Fontainebleau 

Office de Tourisme Versailles – Royal Tennis Court 

Palace of Versailles

Royal Palace, St Germain-en-Laye



Castello Sforzesco (Milano) 

Palazzo Te (Mantova) (1525-35; “Rachetta” c. 1528)

Poggio a Caiano (Firenze)

Villa d’Este, Tivoli (Rome) 

Czech Republic

The “Micovna”, Summer Palace, Royal gardens, Prague Castle – designed by Boniface WOlmut for Archduke Ferdinand (1535 court completed 1569)


National Archives, Kew (UK) 

Modena (IT)

Archivio di Stato di Firenze (IT) 

Archivio Centrale dello Stato, Rome (IT)

Books & Manuscripts

The British Library – Oath of the Tennis Court (1804)

Thomas Cooper Library, University of South Carolina

Auction Houses

Christie’s King St, St James

Christie’s South Kensington

Sotheby’s New Bond Street

Graham Budd Auctions (London) 

Mullock’s (Ludlow Racecourse, Shropshire) 

David Convery – Convery Auctions (East Lothian, Scotland)