Address: 74 Ter Rue Lauriston, 75116 Paris – Tel: +33 1 47 27 46 86 – Web: squashjeudepaume.com
The Jeu de Paume Club of Paris is a remarkable place. Perched on the top floor of a building on Rue Lauriston, between the Arc de Triomphe and Trocadero, with 2 glass roofs thirty meters high, are four squash courts, a real tennis court, fitness and a bar / restaurant. Created in 1908, the Jeu de Paume Club of Paris houses one of the last of two tennis courts in the Paris region, along with the Château de Fontainebleau. At the time of its creation, the club housed two real tennis courts. In 1927, the founders decided to transform one of the two courts into four squash courts, the first to be created in France.
- “Jeu de Paume” or “Jeu de Paulme” literally means “Palm game”. In the earliest versions of the game, the players hit the ball with their hands. Afterwards gloves replaced bare hands. By the late 17th century, racquets became standard equipment for the game.
- Jeu de Paume is at the origin of the tennis and it is also called Real Tennis in Commonwealth nations and Court tennis in the USA. In France the indoor version is sometimes called 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 was practiced by the nobility while the “villains” played outside at the long palm which was practiced without net with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 6 “Paumistes” by team.
- A player is called a “Paumier” or “Paumiste”.
- You may know the “Jeu de Paume” as a famous museum (Musée du Jeu de Paume located in the Tuilerie Gardens), or as a hotel (Hotel du Jeu de Paume located on Isle St Louis), or as the “Serment du Jeu de Paume” (Tennis Court Oath) which was a decisive event in the French Revolution. The common point: they are built or took place in a former “Jeu de Paume” court, where they used to play “courte paume”.
The required qualities for a good player
Like tennis, of which it is at the origin, jeu de paume is a spectacular sport which requires great physical qualities and strategy:
- Skill and use of the terrain and different possible rebounds on the walls and roofs of the courts.
The Maitre Paumier
- The maître Paumier is everything associated with the club and the game. He is usually the best player. He plays tournaments and exhibition matches for money.
- He teaches all aspects of the game to all levels. He animates the club and arranges matches for members. He organises all tournaments and finds sponsors for events. He makes all the balls by hand for the game, sells the rackets and puts the strings in by hand.
To book an initiation lesson at the Jeu de Paume Club of Paris you can contact Rod Mcnaughton (The Maître Paumier) at the following number: + 33 6 95 31 11 93.