Longue paume

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Longue Paume in the 17th century. Popularity of Tennis in the 17th century.jpg
Longue Paume in the 17th century.
Competition of longue paume in the Garden of the Luxembourg (Paris), on 18 June 1889 Coubertin - Une campagne de vingt-et-un ans, 1909 (page 46 crop).jpg
Competition of longue paume in the Garden of the Luxembourg (Paris), on 18 June 1889

Longue paume, or jeu de longue paume, is an outdoor version of jeu de paume, an ancestor of modern lawn tennis. Hundreds of years ago it was quite popular, particularly in France. It is a game of gain-ground as Balle à la main


It was part of the Paris 1900 Summer Olympics, but its medal status is disputed. Today, the sport is most played in the region of Picardy. The governing body of the sport is the Fédération Française de Longue Paume, with its headquarters in Amiens.

Others games of gain-ground

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