2018 is set to be the official year of beach tennis in South Africa. This comes after Tennis South Africa (TSA) officially launched the fun tennis format on Tuesday, with a host of exciting announcements.
TSA has spent the last 12 months trialling beach tennis across the country and is stepping up its commitment to the format – including launching four new events in 2018 – specifically:
1. The Rand Show TSA Beach Tennis Challenge – a mass participation doubles event, open to all – over the Easter weekend.
2. Beach Tennis at the Arnold Classic Africa – the first ever ITF international prize money event in South Africa – in May.
3. 2 x TSA Beach Tennis Classics – ITF international ranking events two and three – also in May.
The Rand Show TSA Beach Tennis Challenge has a unique hook – the winners of both the men’s and women’s sections will represent TSA, all expenses paid, at the ITF Beach Tennis World Championships, in Russia, in August 2018.
Meanwhile, TSA has also confirmed Vodacom as the official video streaming partner of beach tennis. The new partnership will see Vodacom broadcast selected beach tennis events on View +, a service on Vodacom Live. The first event streamed will be the Rand Show TSA Beach Tennis Challenge.
Beach Tennis is an approved International Tennis Federation (ITF) discipline and South Africa is one of 47 countries around the world where the sport is now being promoted and played. TSA believe that Beach Tennis is the “fun tennis” of the future, as it is a game that can be played by all ages and all playing abilities.