Sandy new sport tak­ing the Coast by storm

Maroochy Weekly - - SPORT -

WITH a rac­quet in hand and sand at their feet, mem­bers of Ma­roochy­dore Ten­nis Club are join­ing a new sport tak­ing off around the world.

A Brazil­ian, English stu­dent and ten­nis coach Homero Rneto said he is pas­sion­ate about bring­ing beach ten­nis to the Coast.

“Here’s a good place to grow beach ten­nis in Aus­tralia,” Mr Rneto said.

“Some peo­ple are play­ing in Mel­bourne, but there’s noth­ing here on the Coast.”

Mr Rneto said the Ma­roochy Ten­nis Club sup­ported the idea when he pitched it to them.

“They just gave me a place to use be­hind some courts,” Mr Rneto said.

“They had an area that was just grass, and then I made some holes and con­creted them, and put some sleep­ers around the edge.

“We had a plan to use 60 ton of sand, but we didn’t use it all.”

Mr Rneto is cur­rently try­ing to es­tab­lish a league, with a tour­na­ment start­ing this week­end.

“It will be big here,” he said.

“It’s pretty easy, even if you’ve never played the sport.

“Es­pe­cially if you al­ready play ten­nis.”

Mr Rneto said he en­cour­ages ev­ery­one to join in and play, or even just to watch.

The tour­na­ment starts at 2pm on Sun­day, July 9 at the Ma­roochy­dore Ten­nis Club.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, visit www.face­ Kta­cade­my­beachten­nis.

The Coast can now play beach ten­nis.

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