History of Beach Tennis
Beach Tennis has its origins in several places around the world, including Brazil, Italy and Spain, and has greatly developed as a game over the past 25-30 years. The current Beach Tennis heartland however is undoubtedly in Italy, with it being most popular in the Emilia Romagna region. Its 1600 Beach Tennis courts must surely rival the substantial number of Beach Volleyball courts along the famous California shoreline.
Italy currently dominate in terms of participation and international success
Beach tennis is already widely played in Europe and globally, participating countries include Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, USA, Aruba, Latin America, Thailand and Australia.
The game has grown from being a fun activity on the beach to a highly competitive sport on a well organised domestic circuit, which more recently has begun offering prize money.
In November 2007 the ITF announced the launch of the ITF Beach Tennis Tour in 2008. A Tour calendar has been published every year since, with the number of tournaments increasing steadily, along with the variety of hosting nations.
A World ranking system is now in place
An increasing number of players are turning professional with a number of former and present tennis professionals also taking to the game, and a World Ranking system is in place.
2014 EUROPEAN BEACH TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS, BRIGHTON, ENGLAND