On Bank Holiday Monday 31 May, BTUK (Beach Tennis UK) and Beach Tennis Brighton hosted the first Beach Tennis Tournament of 2021.  It was held on BTUK’s home turf (sand) in Brighton, where they started Beach Tennis 11 years ago! 

Conditions were perfect, sunny with a gentle breeze, a great way to start the season of.  The atmosphere was buzzing, and exciting matches played, with some very close results. 

 It was wonderful to see the tournament well attended, with 11 mixed doubles pairs, 7 men’s doubles pairs and 5 women’s doubles pairs, plus several socially distanced spectators.  

Winners of the Men’s Doubles Bernie Audibert and Tom Delaney
Runners Up – Chris Turner & Raj Persaud

Winners of the Ladies Doubles
Lara Rodriguez & Shanna Barnard (Beach Tennis Brighton’s very own)
Runners Up – Petra Sedova & Rebecca Thomas

Winners of the Mixed Doubles
Bernie Audibert & Julia Von samsun Himmelstjherna
Runners Up – Cesare Bandini & Manuela Tarlazzi

Great to see many new players taking part in their first Beach Tennis Tournament and getting the Beach Tennis Bug!

The event was refereed for the first time by Alison Cash who did a superb job making sure everything ran smoothly and on time!

A great success considering the difficult year everyone has had.  It is so good to be back playing Beach Tennis and run tournaments again.  BTUK was also delighted to donate £40.00 raised at the tournament to local charity, Kennedy St CIO.

More tournaments are being scheduled and the summer Beach Tennis League is in full flow.  The next tournament is 24-25 July on the Isle of Wight, part of the Wight Wave Beast Sports Festival!
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