Beach Tennis ?

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by 10s talk, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. 10s talk

    10s talk Semi-Pro

    Apr 23, 2007
    there is a story in a local paper about some local pros who gave up on the Satellite tour to play Beach Tennis.

    has anyone heard of it

    if so how is it played?
  2. TheShaun

    TheShaun Hall of Fame

    Jun 9, 2007
    i'm interested...
  3. Bodacious DVT

    Bodacious DVT Semi-Pro

    Jan 10, 2007
    during my HS tennis team's trip to myrtle beach, we met a pro named eric oberhammer - the founder of beach tennis (currently top 5 in beach tennis rankings)

    its an interesting game although i didnt enjoy it as much. He used to post on these boards under the name BeachTennis but i havent seen him lately.

    IMO, its not that great once you play, but thats just me.

    its played in a court slightly smaller than a volleyball court. you get one serve and play the let. one hit per side. net is lower(?) than a volleyball net
  4. surfryder

    surfryder New User

    Sep 6, 2007

    sounds good to me...where do i sign?
  5. nytennisaddict

    nytennisaddict Legend

    Aug 20, 2007
    Westchester (lower), NY
    I just played in 2 beach tennis tournaments today (amateur and pro)...
    The funny thing is that when my buddy first asked me to play, and I first saw the video,... I though, "aww that looks lame"... but once I started playing I realized how much fun it was, and how difficult it is to be good at it. While good tennis strokes help (serve, volley, and lobs), there's alot of thinking, and out maneuvering. I definitely plan on playing it again if I get a chance... One other nice thing is that it's really easy on my knees, but and incredibly demanding of my leg muscles.I have to say it was incredibly fun and addictive. I recommend it to anyone and everyone if you ever get the chance.

    Amateur event:
    I had never played, and this was my first experience. At most 4.0 players - but on average 3.5 level... (I'm a 4.5 and my partner is a 5.0) we would have won it, but we had to drop out for the pro event (we had beat the overall winner in our flight). One thing I noticed playing this event, is that because the serve is somewhat neutralized and the game is about touch/feel/positioning, the women play well against the men.

    Pro event:
    This was alot of fun.... it was a round robin format with 5 teams in each of four groups (winners of each group move to semi finals). Just about all the top folks were current/former D1, D2 players, and a couple former ATP players (eg. formerly ranked ~1000). We won two matches against our fellow journeymen, but the seasoned pros really show us how the game is played (lost badly). I don't quite understand the strategies... but overall it feels like a chess match of dinks and lobs, and set ups for an overhead. There was even one guy nicknamed "santa" that would hit this ridiculous moonball like 75ft up. Very entertaining to watch him play (too bad he wasn't in my group).

    After 6 hrs of beach tennis... I unfortunately had to play a tournament (poor scheduling on my part) - but won in 3 sets. The interesting thing is that after playing beach tennis for so long before hand, I never missed a volley, never missed a 2nd serve, and found myself playing drop shots and lobs better than I ever have in a tournament.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2008

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