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Beach tennis rules

There are two versions of beach tennis and correspondingly, two rule books as well. We have listed both versions: one for the version with tennis racquets and one for the version with paddles.

Beach tennis rules with tennis racquets [Beachtennis-Regeln mit Tennisschlägern als PDF]

Beach tennis with tennis racquets is played primarily in Germany and the USA. Additionally, there are occaisional tournaments in Spain, in which normal tennis racquets are used.

Court measurements

Deutsche Beachtennis-Meisterschaften in Esslingen 2003

Beach tennis 2003 in front of a spectecular scenery in Esslingen

The size of the singles court is 18x6 metres, the doubles court 18x9m. The net is 1.60 m high (a ball can and may be played around the side of the net). The free area beside the court and behind the baseline should measure approximately three metres. The court comprises of two singles or doubles side lines.

Net/posts/balls

The net is a standard commercial tennis net, but can also have a slightly wider mesh (the ball should, however, not be able to travel through the mesh). The net must span the entire width of the court (singles 6 m, doubles 9 m), must be set up in the centre of the court and must be 1.6 m high (measured in the middle of the net). The posts must be adjustable and stable in order to maintain the tautness and hight of the net and must be positioned outside of the sidelines. The balls are standard commercial balls and their colour should clearly contrast the sand.

Game, set and match

Die deutschen Vizemeisterinnen Anne Tabor und Stefanie Krohe 2006 im Fildorado

Runner-ups Anne Tabor and Stefanie Krohe 2006 at the German championships in Filderstadt

The match begins with the toss for service or choice of ends. The winner of the toss can elect to serve, receive or choose a side. The server may not come into contact with the court before the ball has been played. The ball may be served anywhere in the opponents court. Only under-arm serving is allowed and o nly one service attempt is allowed. If the ball touches the net but goes over, play continues. The ball is allowed to bounce once, as in tennis. However, because the ball only rarely bounces in the sand the ball is generally kept in play with volleys. However, on firmly packed sand the one-bounce rule is more relevant. Either six or nine games are needed to win a set, with a margin of two games, as in tennis. At 6:6 or 8:8 a normal tennis tie-break is called into play. The traditional tennis scoring applies, with 15, 30, 40 and ,game' but with one restriction: the no-ad rule applies, which means at ,deuce' the next point decides the game.

The mode

Generally, the so-called league system is played, which means in group matches everyone plays one set against every opponent. Best of three set matches are only played in final rounds, where the K.O. system is used.

The umpire

An umpire can be appointed with the agreement of the players. After consultation, however, players are allowed to self-umpire their matches, especially as the ball marks are clearly visible in the sand. Each player is responsible for the decisions on his side of the net. In the case of any disagreements, an neutral umpire is appointed by the tournament control.

Preperation of the game

Das deutsche Team bei den WM 2007 in Marina di Ravenna

The German team at the world championships 2007 in Marina di Ravenna/Italy.

The winner of the toss chooses either the right to serve or receive or chooses a side of the court. The loser of the toss is left with the remaining alternative. The warm-up time before the game is restricted to five minutes. Players in doubles may not be substituted. Before the serve the players must check if the opponent is ready. There are no incorrect positions.

Game situation

The ball is brought in to play with an underarm serve. The ball is in if it hits the ground within the restrictions of the lines. The ball is out if it lands completely outside the restrictions of the lines, or if it hits an object or person outside of the lines. The ball must be played with a part of the racquet. If multiple mistakes are made, only the initial mistake counts.

Playing the ball

The player hitting may not hit the ball twice in sequence. However, if the the ball hits him during the swing, it is allowed. The clashing of racquets in a doubles pair is not a mistake. Assistance from the partner or a device apart from the racquet is not allowed. The ball may not be caught or thrown with the racquet. The ball remains in play if it touches the net as it crosses. Contact with the net by a player is not allowed. If the opponent is not close to the net or is not obstructed a player may briefly step under the net into the opponents court - to retrieve a drop shot, for example.

Time-outs and delays

The game is to be carried out without delay. If the ball is not played within 20 seconds after the request of the umpire, the player at fault is penalised with the loss of a point. In the case of an injury, the injured player receives a five minute injury time-out where he can receive treatment. If the game is interrupted by an outside influence, the game resumes at the same score after the interruption. No warm-up time is allotted.

Different Beach tennis rules with padles [Abweichende Beachtennis-Regeln mit Padels als PDF]

Beach tennis with padles is played in every part of the world where beach tennis is popular. Italy is without a doubt the protaganist of this version of the game, but it is also played in countries like Portugal, France, Belgium, Austria and Croatia among others.

Court measurements

The size of the singles court is 16x5 metres, the doubles court 16x8 m. The net is 1.70 m high. The free area beside the court and behind the baseline should measure approximately two metres. The distance from the floor to the roof must be at least seven metres, measured from any point on the court.

Balls/racquets

MID balls are to be used. The racquet may be no longer than 55 centimetres and no wider than 30 cm. The thickness of the racquet may not exceed 3.5 cm.

Point, set and match

In Italy and many other countries paddle bats are used to play beach tennis

In Italy and many other countries paddle bats are used to play beach tennis

The match begins with the toss for service or choice of ends. The winner of the toss can elect to serve, receive or choose a side. The server may not come into contact with the court before the ball has been played. The serve may be played under-arm or over-arm. The ball may be served anywhere in the opponents court. Only one service attempt is allowed. If the ball touches the net, play continues. If the ball hits the ground the point is over. Either six or nine games are needed to win a set, with a margin of two games, as in tennis. At 6:6 or 8:8 a normal tennis tie-break is called into play. The traditional tennis scoring applies, with 15, 30, 40 and ,game' but with one restriction: the no-ad rule applies, which means at ,deuce' the next point decides the game.

Mode

Generally, the so-called double-K.O. system is played, which means a player has to lose twice before he is eliminated. After a loss, the player enters the so-called consilation round and here he has another chance to force his way into the finals.

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