`This is much more than an enchanting guide to the game of kings. Whatever
your favourite sports may be, Roman Krznaric shows you how to expand the
enjoyment you derive from them. A warm and imaginative book, full of
surprises.' Theodore Zeldin, author of An Intimate History of Humanity
Bent rackets, painted crowns, penthouses and giraffes. Hand-stitched balls
that ricochet around a court shaped like a medieval cloister. Fanatical
players dedicated to a sport that has hardly changed in four centuries.
Welcome to real tennis.
In The First Beautiful Game, top amateur Roman Krznaric tells the personal
stories behind real tennis, the ancient forerunner of lawn tennis. Its
obsessives and eccentrics reveal why they play this extraordinary sport,
what it means to them, and the unexpected lessons they have learned about
ambition, passion, respect and love.
Two hundred years before football became known as `the beautiful game', an
eighteenth century real tennis professional used the phrase to describe his
own sport. In this book you will discover why.
`This book is the first to capture the real spirit of the game and its
players. It's unique.' Rob Fahey, Real Tennis World Champion