Beach tennis games are played on the soft sand down on the foreshore of Melbourne's Port Melbourne Beach.
Held on the sand at the Beach Tennis Australia Club, the general public are most welcome to come on down and play a few sets.
You can do this, either with family, friends or maybe a corporate business group.
Beach tennis games are played on sand with a net separating the two opponents similar to a volleyball net.
The beach tennis equipment used is a paddle bats (no strings) and a Stage 2 (low compression "orange") ball.
Exactly the same scoring system is used as for regular tennis, except with the permanent use of no-Advantage, after Deuce.
Plus there is no second service and no service let.
Although mainly a doubles game, singles can also play a hard, fast game, usually on a smaller court.
If the ball hits the ground in the oppositions court then a point is scored.
If the opponent's hit or serve hits the net or is hit outside the court boundaries then a point is scored.
In 1988 Beach tennis was played for the first time as an organized event on the beach at Grado, Italy. The match was played using a normal tennis racquet. It was played on a beach-volleyball court and was replayed at the same venue each year until 1988.
Since then the game has taken the world by storm with championships being held in different countries all around the world.
This is how the sport is played down at Port Melbourne.
A match is played to the best of 3 sets (a player/team needs to win 2 sets to win the match).
The first player/team to win six games, wins that “Set”, provided there is a margin of two games over the opponent(s). If the score reaches six games all, a tie-break game shall be played.
In the absence of a chair umpire, the game score must be called by the server before the start of each point.
Standard beach tennis games (No-Ad)
A standard game is scored as follows with the server’s score being called first:
Except that if each team has won three points each, the score is “Deuce” and a deciding point shall be played. The team who wins the deciding point wins the “Game”.
The Port Melbourne club's focus is on Competitions, social, mixed, coach & play and corporate events.
Note : Beach Tennis Games Tournaments, Schools/Corporate Fun/ Team Building, Kids Parties, Festivals, School Fetes, Family gatherings, Special events, you name it they will find a way to incorporate the fun with some beach tennis games. Just contact the club and let them turn a fun Game - Set - Match!
Beach Tennis Australia
P.O. Box 574,
Port Melbourne, Australia, 3207
Founder of Beach Tennis in Australia
Tennis Australia Club Coaching Professional
M: 0418 522 008
Kellie de Burgh M: 0411 485 511
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