How to Play

Beach Tennis is easy and fun to play! The basic rules are summarised below, along with an introduction video, and the full rule book is also available via the links on this page.

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


The net is 1.7m in height.

Paddle bats (no strings) and Stage 2 (low compression "orange") balls are used.

Exactly the same scoring system is used as for regular tennis, except with the permanent use of no-Advantage, after Deuce. Plus there is no second service and no service let.

Playing the game
The game is predominantly played between doubles teams, although singles can be played on a narrower court (4.5m). Under and overarm serves are permitted and either member of the receiving team may return the service. A point is won if the ball hits the ground in the opposing court or if the opponents hit (or serve) the ball out or into the net.




16 and under/14 and under Beach Tennis

The court for all 16 and under/14 and under beach tennis competition (boys and girls) shall be 16.0 metres in length and 8.0 metres in width. The net shall be 1.70 metres high across the full width of the court.

12 and under Beach Tennis

In addition to the (full sized) court described in Rule 1, a court designated for 12 and under beach tennis competition may have reduced dimensions as follows:

The court shall be a rectangle measuring 14.0 metres in length and 7.0 metres in width. The net shall be 1.50 metres high across the full width of the court.

Note: ITF Approved Stage 2 balls shall be used for all junior beach tennis competition.

Rules of Beach Tennis

Please note, because these rules are still relatively new, the ITF reserves the right to update or change them at any time, when appropriate.

Click the link at the top of this page or use the .pdf links below to view the rule books.