It’s coming, Wisconsin winter (shudder) which often signals the beginning of indoor hibernation and the end of fresh air outdoor sporting fun. But for all you tennis aficionados out there Elite Sports Clubs offers a unique solution to the indoor tennis winter blues – Platform Tennis. Platform Tennis, a.k.a. “Paddle” is the only racquet sport that one can enjoy outside even on a cold snowy Wisconsin day. How is this possible you ask? The whole court is enclosed by a 12 foot high screen made of 1 inch hexagonal galvanized wire – open at the top (ahhh crisp clean winter air!). Under the deck are heaters to melt snow through the grated deck. Pretty fancy huh?
Platform Tennis is a bit different than traditional tennis; it’s more of a tennis / racquetball hybrid. Both singles and doubles matches can be played in Platform Tennis though doubles is the central form of play. There are a few differences between Platform Tennis and regular tennis, we break them down for you below.
- A solid paddle rather than a strung racquet is used
- Serves must be underhand and only one serve is allowed (except in singles). If the service is a fault, the server loses the point.
- If the service touches the net cord and lands in the correct service court, the ball is in play.
- If the ball in play or on the service hits the deck in the court and then touches any part of the back screen and/or side screen, the horizontal top, rails, or the snow boards it is still in play so long as it does not bounce a second time before being hit.
- The court, at 44 by 20 feet, is a bit smaller so there is greater emphasis on net play and it makes for a fast-paced reaction game.
So, this year, don’t let the snow and frigid temperatures keep you cooped up inside! Get your tennis on, get your fitness on outside with Elite Sports Club’s Platform Tennis. Session I of Leagues starts October 7th get involved in platform tennis here.