A cricket bat in a real tennis place

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Ged writes:

I know what you are thinking, dear reader: “That real tennis workshop must be at Lord’s; how can Lord’s be an unusual place to see a cricket bat?”

Well I’m here to tell you that the real tennis area at Lord’s is a relentlessly cricket equipment free zone. Indeed, I had a great deal of trouble getting the tennis professionals even to admit that the object in question was a cricket bat. “Oh, that’s what it is, is it? Never seen one before. Don’t know how on earth that got in here. Perhaps we should call security…”

Send your pictures of cricket bats and other cricket stuff in unusual places to king@kingcricket.co.uk


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  1. Current real tennis champion is Camden Riviere. Has to be one of the best names in sport.

  2. Afghanistan are 1-1 with Bangladesh in Bangladesh. Margins have been 7 runs and 2 wickets. Proper series

    1. More likely the air conditioning gizmo.

      Good call nonetheless, Hoopy. Good user name too, especially in view of the funky tennis racket head shapes.

  3. Isabelle Duncan, first female member of the MCC and author of Skirting the Boundary is an avid real tennis player and expert in on the game.

    There is nowt strange about this.

  4. A misconception is that the thing that they play at Wimbledon is fake tennis. But “real” really means “royal” (think Madrid) so what they play at Wimbledon is actually commoners’ tennis.

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