Jeu de paume

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Jeu de paume

Jeu de paume

Jeu de paume , Courte-paume, Courte paume, Jeu de Paume (sport)
Jeu de paume was originally a French precursor of lawn tennis played without racquets. The players hit the ball with their hands, as in palla, volleyball, or certain varieties of pelota. Jeu de paume literally means: game of palm (of the hand). In time gloves replaced bare hands. Even when bats, and finally racquets, became standard equipment for the game, the name did not change. It became known as "tennis" in English, and later "real tennis" after lawn tennis became more popular than the parent game.
This image belongs to the following categories: Ball games, Former Olympic sports, Real tennis.

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