Entries set to close on 30 November 2018…
In just a few weeks from now, KIA Motors, in partnership with Tennis South Africa (TSA), will bring the sport of Beach Tennis to South Africa under the banner of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The 2018 December series will form part of the event circuit which will see four events take place over two weeks, starting 8 December. Each event will carry ITF ranking points, and with a total prize money pot in excess of $35 000, the competition is set to be top notch.
Several grassroots development clinics will be held throughout the two-week period, with the qualifiers set to take place on the first day of each tournament.
Each event is open to any player older than 15 and all have both main draws and qualifying events. The first two events (Cape St. Francis and Knysna) will have a 16 qualifying and 16 main draw, while the two events in Plettenberg Bay will have a 24 qualifying and 24 main draw.
“Anyone can enter and have some fun,” says Tournament Director, Iain Smith. “Entries can be done online https://www.beachtennis.io/international?month=december. Participants will be able to use some of our complimentary KIA/Turquoise beach tennis paddles at each of the events, should they not have their own. Beach tennis is about fun, music, diving in the sand and trying something new. Clinics will also be held at each of the venues with some of the top players for those interested to learn more about the game.
“Whether you’d like to test your skills or are on holiday at these venues over this time, come and join in the fun of the KIA Summer Slam. Further regular updates to follow on the TSA website, and on KIA and TSA’s social media platforms. Who knows, next year you could be in the mix to go to Russia to represent South Africa at the ITF World Beach Tennis Team Championships!”
The KIA Summer Slam beach tennis tour will take place as follows:
Entry fees (per pair) for Cape St. Francis as well as Knysna events are $50 for non-South African residents, and R300 for South African residents. The first of the two Plettenberg Bay events are $75 for non-South African residents and R300 for South African residents. The finals (also to be held at Plettenberg Bay) are $150 for non-South African residents and R300 for South African residents.
The entry form is available online via:
To enter, click on the event that you would like to play in and click on ‘registration’.
For event related queries, contact Tournament Director, Iain Smith, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or WhatsApp (0839443973).
BASIC BEACH TENNIS RULES
Beach tennis is played on the same size court as Beach Volleyball, and on a similar principle where the ball may not bounce, with all shots (volleys) being played out the air.