For the sport called "beach paddleball", see Matkot. For other sports
called "paddleball", see Paddleball (sport).
Beach tennis is a game combining elements of tennis and volleyball and
played on a beach.
Beach tennis with paddle racket
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Beach tennis was formalized in 2005 in
New York City
New York City by Marc
Altheim. He discovered beach tennis on a trip to
Aruba in 2003.
The sport had been played there since 2000, having been introduced
by a Dutchman. As of 2007, beach tennis had made progress toward
acceptance as a mainstream sport with an official standards
organization known as Beach
Tennis USA (BT USA). In 2007, BT USA
signed two television deals: one with SNY in
New York City
New York City and one
Tennis Channel. The
Tennis Channel agreed to televise three
major BTUSA or National Beach
Tennis / Beach Paddle Ball Association
tournaments. The Miami BT USA open featured 40 teams, including
several formerly highly ranked pro tennis players, including Jay
Berger and Pablo Arraya. In 2007,
Andre Agassi and
Steffi Graf played
Beach tennis merges the world of beach volleyball and tennis. It is
related to beach volleyball but played with a tennis ball and paddle
racket. The court is a standard beach volleyball court that is 30 feet
wide and 60 feet long. There is a center line that splits the court
lengthwise. At the center of the court is a 5-foot-10-inch-high
(1.78 m) net. A standard tennis racquet or a paddle and a
slightly depressurized tennis ball (6 oz instead of 12 oz)
Tennis USA events are different depending upon the
number of entrants, number of courts available and time. Typically,
the preliminary rounds are round-robin, or pool-play. This means that
there is a pool of four, and one would play all the other teams in the
pool (three matches). The top one or two teams from each pool advance
to the elimination rounds (single-elimination).
The rules are a mix of tennis and volleyball rules. Ball that hit the
sand result in a point. Scoring is similar to tennis with scores of 0
- 15 - 30 - 40 and no-ad at deuce. There is only one contact per side.
Balls that hit the net remain in play. At deuce, the receiving team
chooses which player will receive.
In BT USA-sanctioned events, each match consists of one eight-game
set. The match must be won by two games. If the match score is tied at
8–8, a 12-point tennis tiebreaker is played to determine the winner.
Beach tennis was one of the attractions at the Family Circle Cup, in
Charleston, South Carolina, on April 2007. Beach
organized its first professional tournament there.
The BT USA 2008 tour commenced in Key Biscayne, Florida on the grounds
of the Sony Ericcson Open. The 2008 season saw tournaments held
nationwide, and a network of events under the BT USA banner will help
foster the growth of the sport, which has increased ever since.
In 2008 the exposure to the sport of beach tennis increased, with new
broadcast agreements with Fox Sports Net (FSN) in California and
Florida and from coverage on TV shows like NBC's Today Show.
Beach tennis with paddle racket
In other countries beach tennis is called beach paddle ball or
nation-specific names like matkot in Israel, racchettoni in Italy, and
frescobol in Brazil. In
Israel it has been played at least since the
1920s, and in
Brazil since the Second World War. In Italy, it was
first played in
Rimini in 1978. In 1996,
it was formalized by Italian Gianni Bellettini, president of
International Federation Beach Tennis-IFBT. The best players in the
world are from
Ravenna Italy: Alex Mingozzi and Matteo Marighella,
two-time USA National Champions and four-time world champions.
On a trip to the USA by Paul Mapley in 2008, he and Marc Altheim met
in a restaurant in Soho, New York, for lunch. Paul urged Marc to put
together a US team and travel to
Ravenna and try and win the World
Championships of IFBT Beach Tennis.
Altheim was reluctant at first as he had already spent time on the
development of the racquet game which he had imported from Aruba. Jim
Lorenzo, Alex Querna and a bunch of young American sporting pioneers
boarded a plane for Italy to have a crack at the Italian players, who
were undoubtedly regarded as the world leaders in the paddle style of
Jim's party also packed their tennis rackets as they considered
themselves the world champions of the "string" specialty; however they
were met by a very strong opposition by some Italian players, also
very proficient in the specialty. They met their match in both
disciplines of the game, so like everyone else before developed
respect for the Italian players and became supportive of this form of
beach tennis. At this time Alex Mingozzi, Matteo Marighella, Alan
Maldini and Nicola Gambi were considered top players, along with
several female players led by the Meloni sisters. These players did
not necessarily have a tennis background, but their skill with the
paddle was second to none.
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IFBT-International federation of beach tennis or beach paddle