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The Rules

A summary of the Rules


Full Official Rules of the game can be found on the ITF Website >>


  • The surface is SAND!

  • Similar in size to a beach volleyball court, 16m long x 8m wide.

  • The net is set at 1.7m.

  • Usually doubles is played although singles can be played on a slightly smaller court, 16 metres by 4.5 metres.



  • Very similar scoring system is used as for regular tennis.

       EXCEPT the following:

  • NO advantage after DEUCE. If you win the point at deuce you win the game

  • NO second service

  • NO service lets



A number of formats exist:


  • men’s doubles – (optional net height 1.8 m)

  • women’s doubles

  • mixed doubles

  • singles (played on a narrower court – 16 x 4.5m)

  • juniors – girls (12yrs and under net height 1.5m)

  • juniors – boys (12yrs and under net height 1.5m)

  • juniors – mixed (12yrs and under net height 1.5m)



  • Under and overarm serves are permitted

  • The server must serve from anywhere behind the baseline (feet must not be placed under the line when serving)

  • Either member of the receiving team may return the service

  • The ball does not have to be placed into any specific side of the opposing court during service



A point is won if:


  • the ball hits the ground in the opposing court

  • the opponents hit (or serve) the ball out or into the net

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