How often do tennis players get sand between their toes?
Only when they play in a Beach Tennis Tournament, hosted by the Marco Island Parks and Recreation Department.
The event was held on the sandy volleyball court at Mackle Park on Saturday.
There were no swimsuit entries, like beach volleyball, all competitors were in tennis garb. Soft, kids beginner tennis balls were used as they are lighter and no bounce required in beach tennis.
Such competition actually is part of Beach Tennis USA.
According to Bill Van Glabek, city racquet center manager.
“Beach tennis merges the world of tennis and beach volleyball into one exciting sport. It is a fun, fast-paced game that is cultivating players and spectators.”
The sport combines tennis rules on a regulation beach volleyball court. Using tennis racquets, two players per team volley until the ball hits the sand. A point is scored each time the ball lands on the sand, or goes out of the court lines.
The winners were Greg Gadoua, teaming with Jackie Pham, to down George and Maria Hayden, 6-0, 6-4.
Van Glabek said the tourney was one of several events planned by the Parks & Rec Department in conjunction with Beach Tennis USA. There will be a Beach Tennis Camp in August. For more information contact Van Glabek at 394-5454.