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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,

and Asia.

“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....
Thanks for posting Mr. Mayor. We are looking to do some paddle events this Spring/Summer in the San Fran/Santa Cruz area --- if you come to town, let me know!!! --- I play/promote several racquet sports. (I am a 5.0 tennis player/instructor.) I am a partner in a non-profit organization that supports physical education programs all over the world with racquet sports training, consulting, and equipment for PE teachers (train-the trainer) (www.matchpointintl.org)

Loscavio out
Mr. Mayor:

It is because the rest of the world uses paddles and has for 30 years -- the USA is trying to join in the international version of the sport ---- Huge sport in Italy in particular.

Mark / Mr. Mayor said:
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....

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