Have you played BEACH TENNIS???

Though I haven't personally had the privilege to experience Beach tennis it looks so so fun! A rapidly growing sport around the world, the official tour ITF Beach Tennis Tour (BTT) began in 2008. More and more countries are participating in this fun attractive sport for great health, fitness, and fun!! 

Rackets used are called paddle bats (without strings). Various brands are available such as HP, ReefBeach, MBT, Topsin, Quicksand, TK, and Custom built.

How to Play Beach Tennis Overview: 

Court size: beach volleyball court 16m long x 8m wide.

Surface: Sand

Net: 1.7m in height

Equipment: Paddle bats and stage 2 (low compression ball)

Scoring: same as regular tennis with semi-advantage system. No second serve and no service let.

Playing the game: Predominately played as doubles, but singles on smaller court is offered as well. Under and overarm serve both player can return serve. Point is won if ball hits the ground or is hit out.

Playing under the sun can be taxing on the body so it is important to keep properly hydrated.
You can find valuable information on training tips and nutritional advice on the http://www.itftennis.com/beachtennis/home.aspx website.

The increasing popularity of beach tennis with more and more tournaments offered around the world.

Below are the remaining most prestigious tournaments that are ITF sanctioned.

1. ITF Beach Tennis World Tennis Championship 17-20 July 2014 Moscow, Russia
2. ITF Beach Tennis World Championships 1-3 August 2014 Cervia, Italy
3. European Beach Tennis Championship 8-10 August 2014 Brighton, Great Britain
4. ITF Pan American Championships TBC

Staff Introduction:
  Shinichi George Kidera  APF ACADEMIES COACH

"I hope Thailand will install Beach Tennis into their local beaches and or resorts. I really want to give it a try!"

Back into the swing of things in 2014! My goal is to definitely learn more Thai this year, play more tennis, get into great shape, and as always inspire those who want to become better tennis players. Have a great start everyone to your new year and keep your goals alive and in-line.

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