International Tennis Day

This is an annual grass-roots event to raise the profile and catalyze interest in the game of tennis—real tennis, court tennis, jeu de paume. Founded in 2014, International Tennis Day is funded by the United States Court Tennis Preservation Foundation and supported by every national tennis governing body in the world. The purpose of ITD is to motivate current players and to mobilize new ones who have played tennis before. Modeled on the successful World Squash Day, International Tennis Day occurs annually on 20 June. This is the anniversary of the "Tennis Court Oath" during the French Revolution.

The nearly fifty clubs, schools, universities and homes around the world that have a tennis court celebrate ITD simultaneously with clinics, exhibitions, marathon matches, film screenings and parties. Each club has a handsome, sturdy ITD banner (designed to fit in a grille), This banner comes courtesy of the Preservation Foundation. Everyone who participates in ITD tells about it on social media by uploading photos and words to Facebook or Twitter (#iTennisDay). The ITD banner has even gone to places where tennis used to be played like in Dublin and where it is not played yet, like Central Park in New York City, Florence in Italy and the mountains of Nepal.

WHERE CAN I SEE IT HAPPENING?

The following clubs have participated in International Tennis Day:

FRANCE
  • Societe Sportive de Jeu de Paume et de Racquets
  • Cercle du Jeu de Paume de Fontainebleau
AUSTRALIA
  • Royal Melbourne Tennis Club
  • Hobart Real Tennis Club
  • Ballarat Tennis Club
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • Aiken Tennis Club
  • Georgian Court University
  • National Tennis Club
  • Prince's Court
  • Racquet Club of Chicago
  • Racquet Club of Philadelphia
  • Racquet & Tennis Club
  • Tennis & Racquet Club
  • Tuxedo Park Tennis Club
ENGLAND
  • Canford School
  • Leamington Tennis Court Club
  • Newmarket Real Tennis Club
  • Oxford University
  • Queens Club
  • Radley College
  • Seacourt Tennis Club

The Dutch Real Tennis Association

Irish Real Tennis Association

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To participate in International Tennis Day, request a banner for your club, or tell us what you're up to on 20 June, please click here and fill out the form.

Why June 20th?

The Tennis Court Oath, taken on 20 June 1789, was a pivotal event at the start of the French Revolution. Jacques-Louis David's iconic 1791 painting "Le Serment du Jeu de Paume" is perhaps the most famous image of a tennis court. The painting portrays hundreds of people gathering together after being locked out of a meeting of the Estates-General by King Louis XVI. Fearing that their lives were in danger, they took a collective oath on a nearby tennis court which signified, for the first time, that French citizens formally stood in opposition to their king. The oath was a revolutionary assertion that political authority derived from the people rather than from the monarchy. To celebrate the painting and its message of hope and change, International Tennis Day was started in 2014 as a world-wide event to take place annually on June 20th.