Beach Tennis USA Adopts Paddle
As Official Tournament Equipment
New York, NY (January 22, 2010) – Beach Tennis USA® (BTUSA), the
organization responsible for launching the pro sport of beach tennis in North
America, today announced that it has adopted the use of the paddle,
currently used in international competition, as the official equipment for
regulation tournament play. BTUSA, who formerly promoted the use of a
standard, regulation tennis racquet for use at its events, stated that the
move to paddles was primarily to facilitate the unification of the many
international beach tennis associations throughout Europe, South America,
“By converting to the paddle, Beach Tennis USA will be able to work more
closely with our international partners to grow the sport, both on the pro and
recreational level,” said Marc Altheim, BTUSA’s Founder and Commissioner.
Altheim added he believes the use of the paddle would help introduce the
sport to more “non-tennis” players, allowing for beach tennis to become a
more mainstream common activity for casual beachgoers.
To further its efforts in unifying the sport on a global level, BTUSA will also
adopt the international court dimensions of 8 X 8 meters, and a net height of
170cm (5’ 6 _”).
Beach Tennis USA recently completed its fifth National Tour at the 2009
National Beach Tennis Championship, in Long Beach, NY, and plans to
announce dates for its 2010 season in February.
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Does this strike anyone else as LAME? I thought one of the best things about this is that we can use our standard equipment and still perfect our touch for Tennis. But I guess, Beach Tennis doesn't want to be in the shadow of Tennis - they want to be their own sport....