Sandy new sport taking the Coast by storm
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.facebook.com/ Ktacademybeachtennis.
The Coast can now play beach tennis.