Photo: Lorenz SønderbyThe first Danish Beach Beach event of 2014 in Bindslev-Tversted
The Danish Beach Tennis Tour has been launched by the Danish Tennis Association (DTF) for 2014 with an eye on capitalising on the opportunity to support its tennis clubs through alternative tennis activities.
Viewed as a fun and challenging sport to attract existing tennis players, the DTF also perceives beach tennis to be an easier starting point for beginners of all ages than traditional tennis, squash and volleyball, enabling clubs to recruit and retain more members from the 18-30 age demographic and provide a breath of fresh air for existing tennis members.
The DTF will look to involve and cooperate with colleges, high schools, and other youth institutes next year to attract interest from further new audiences.
The DTF Beach Tennis Tour 2014 comprises nine tournaments and events, covering a large geographical and demographical scope. Among the tournaments, DTF is organising the first official Danish Beach Tennis Championship, which is to be held in the city of Randers on 16-17 August.
The locations and dates of the Danish Beach Tennis Tour 2014 are:
Bindslev-Tversted 25 May (tournament)
Kolding 1 June (open event)
Marienlyst (Odense) 15 June (show matches and tournament)
Bøjden Beach & Vacation Park 28 June (tournament)
Amager Beach Park (Cph.) 26 or 27 July (not yet official tournament)
Aars 15 August (open event)
Danish Championship (Randers) 6-17 August (tournament)
Viborg 24 August (tournament)
Taasinge 30 August (tournament)
The first event, held in Tversted on 25 May, proved a hugely successful tournament with good music and sunshine from a cloudless sky. The small Danish Tennis Club ‘Bindslev-Tversted IF Tennis’, located in Northern Jutland, provided an excellent setup with a grill, tent, and two beach tennis courts.
Twenty-six enthusiastic participants divided into three different groups: ‘juniors’, ‘adults exercise’, and ‘adult tournament’, with plenty of smashes, jumps, and dives on show regardless of the fact that Beach Tennis was new to most of them. In general, there was a pleasant and positive atmosphere where fair play and fun weighted just as highly as the element of competition.
Beach Tennis in Denmark is growing with the DTF hopeful that it will become a well-known leisure activity in Danish society. The most important future goal is that both tournament hosts and tournament participants have a great experience of Beach Tennis. Additionally DTF is looking to place Denmark on the global map, through the upcoming international ITF Beach Tennis Tournament in Denmark, and the future prospect of Danish players participating in the ITF World Team Championship, and other international tournaments.