The Rules

A summary of the Rules

 

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

THE PLAYING AREA – KEY FEATURES

  • 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.

 

SCORING

  • 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

 

FORMATS

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)

 

SERVE

  • 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

 

WINNING POINTS

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