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Beach Tennis

posted Jun 25, 2012, 8:20 PM by Garneau Tennis Club   [ updated Jun 26, 2012, 8:13 AM ]
 
Let's Go to the Beach!
 
Beach Tennis is a relatively new sport. So far, its only Candian presence has been in British Columbia (according to staff research), so naturally, the Garneau needs to be the first Albertan club to try it out. This year marks Garneau's inaugural foray into the world of (unofficial) Beach Tennis!
Using a tennis racquet and volleyball nets on our beach volleyball courts, we will host a one-day tournament on Saturday, July 14th! All Full-Time and Junior tennis members, as well as all volleyball members, are welcome to play. This exciting new social event will have breakfast, a lunch barbeque, and prizes. The entry fee of $10 per person (or $20 per team) will cover the food and cost of the courts. All you need to bring is a racquet! If you don't have a partner, there is an option to sign up as a single player on the online form, and the office will match you up with a partner.
Need more convincing? The rules and format are below! And check out the ITF's Beach Tennis Promotional video here.
 Beach Tennis Rules
compliments of the ITF website; notations in italics applicable to our GTBVC tournament
 
Court
Similar in size to a beach volleyball court, 16m long x 8m wide.
 
GTBVC will be using our beach volleyball lines to create courts

Surface
Sand!

Net
The net is 1.7m in height.

GTBVC will be using the Womens' setting on our volleyball nets

Equipment
Paddle bats (no strings) and Stage 2 (low compression "orange") balls are used.

GTBVC will be using regular tennis racquets this year, hence why the event is dubbed "unofficial", but in later years we will hopefully be able to rustle up some real equipment, depending on popularity!

Scoring
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.

GTBVC will be playing with ad-scoring

Playing the game
The game is predominantly played between doubles teams, although singles can be played on a smaller court. Under and overarm serves are permitted and either member of the receiving team may return the service. A point is won if the ball hits the ground in the opposing court or if the opponents hit (or serve) the ball out or into the net.

GTBVC will be hosting a doubles tournament. Partner gender doesn't matter, everyone will be placed in the same event 

 

Beach Tennis Format

-          Matches are best of one set; win by 2  with a tiebreaker up to seven points at 6-6, ad scoring

-          Matches start out as a round robin of 5 teams, with two pools for each court

o   First pool starts their round robin at 9am

o   Second pool starts their round robin at noon

-          Once pools are completed, competitive round begins.

o   Competitive teams are chosen based on their performance in their pool. I.e., the top two in each pool advance through. This is based on wins differential. 

-          Competitive round format will be best of two sets, wherein a tiebreaker up to 7 will be played; winning teams will keep advancing as per a usual draw.

-          During the finals, a 3rd/4th will be played.

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