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Jeu de paume
Jeu de paume
(French pronunciation: ​[ʒø d(ə) pom]; English: "palm game") is a ball-and-court game that originated in France. It was an indoor precursor of tennis played without racquets, though these were eventually introduced. It is a former Olympic sport, and has the oldest ongoing annual world championship in sport, first established over 250 years ago. Originally spelled jeu de paulme, now it is called "real tennis" , court tennis (US) or courte paume (France).

Contents

1 History 2 Derived sports

2.1 Hand 2.2 Racquet 2.3 Basket

3 Cultural references 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit]

Late 18th-century illustration of jeu de paume paddle-bats or battoirs, and (in various stages of construction) strung racquets.

In the earliest versions of the game, the players hit the ball with their hands, as in palla, volleyball, or certain varieties of pelota. Jeu de paume, or jeu de paulme as it was formerly spelled,[1] literally means "palm game". In time, gloves replaced bare hands. Even when paddle-like bats, and finally racquets, became standard equipment for the game by the late 17th century, the name did not change. It became known as "tennis" in English (see History of tennis), and later "real tennis" after the derived game of lawn tennis became the more widely known sport. The term is used in France
France
today to denote the game of tennis on a court in which the ancient or modern game might be played. The indoor version is sometimes called jeu de courte paume or just courte paume ("short palm") to distinguish it from the outdoor version, longue paume ("long palm"), played on a field of variable length. Jeu de paume at the 1908 Summer Olympics
Jeu de paume at the 1908 Summer Olympics
was a medal event; American Jay Gould II
Jay Gould II
won the Gold medal.[2] Since 1740, jeu de paume has been the subject of an amateur world championship, held each year in September. It is the oldest active trophy in international sport.[citation needed]

Derived sports[edit]

Earliest known picture of Jeu de Paume from a Book of Hours (c. 1300)

Hand[edit]

Fistball Fives Frisian handball Pallone Basque pelota

Various other forms of handball may be related to one degree or another; this is generally difficult to ascertain with certainty, and some, like the Mesoamerican ballgame
Mesoamerican ballgame
are clearly unrelated. Racquet[edit]

Real tennis Longue paume
Longue paume
( outdoor version of jeu de paume without net ) Lawn tennis
Lawn tennis
(what is usually meant by the term "tennis" today)

Various other racquet games (squash, badminton, etc.) may be related to one degree or another. Basket[edit]

Jai alai, a variation of Basque pelota
Basque pelota
using a hand-held basket known as a "cesta" or "xistera"

Cultural references[edit]

A modernised court in the Palace of Fontainebleau, Fontainebleau (1991).

The Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, a museum of contemporary art, is housed in a former court on the north side of the Tuileries
Tuileries
park in the centre of Paris. The painter Jacques-Louis David's famous sketch, le Serment du jeu de paume ('the Tennis
Tennis
Court Oath') now hangs in the court of the Palace of Versailles. It depicts a seminal moment of the French Revolution, when, on 20 June 1789, deputies of the Estates-General met at the court and vowed that they would not disband before the proclamation of a formal Constitution for France. Le Jeu de Paume is a moral ode published in 1791 by André Chénier. In the 1981 film The French Lieutenant's Woman, socialite Charles Smithson (Jeremy Irons) is seen playing jeu de paume in London. The 2014 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Biennial
exhibition featured the premiere of the stop-motion film Jeu de Paume by Joshua Mosley. See also[edit]

Basque pelota Valencian pilota

References[edit]

^ Diderot, Denis; d'Alembert, Jean le Rond (c. 1785). Encyclopedie ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences des Arts et des Métiers. Paris: self-published monograph. Plate 1: "Paulmerie, Jeu de Paulme et Construction de la Raquette".  access-date= requires url= (help) ^ "Jeu De Paume Men's Singles Medalists". Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2010. 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jeu de paume.

Historical Picture: A Jeu de Paume Before a Country Palace Oratory Real Tennis
Tennis
Club Jeu de Paume History (in French) Official site of the French Jeu de Paume Comité Animated stop motion film of Jeu de

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