On an off­beat new form of ten­nis

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El­liott ex­plained a lot of the power comes from the wrist, as he fired a few fore­hands past my de­fence.

Serv­ing brought an ad­di­tional prob­lem – you only get one at­tempt, so ev­ery serve must count.

Good servers use com­bi­na­tions of top and side spin, and a fair bit of power, as El­liott demon­strated when he bar­relled one down that leapt up to shoul­der height.

So, as the world num­ber one, what should op­po­nents be wary of when they are the other side of the net?

“My strengths are that men­tally I’m tough, I fight to the end and I’m able to stay in the present,” he said.

“My weak­nesses are prob­a­bly my vol­leys – if peo­ple can get me into the net and keep the ball low I strug­gle a lit­tle bit. But I don’t want to give out too much as I’m about to play these guys...”

As it turned out the other players were clearly not lis­ten­ing, as El­liott went on to win the cham­pi­onships on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

High­lights of the tour­na­ment were be­ing tele­vised on Lon­don Live.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about touchten­nis, go to www.touchten­nis.com/gb/.

The ac­tion hots up in Matt Rich­mond’s match with Rob Crouch. Be­low: Touchten­nis founder and champ Rashid Ah­mad sets up the net.

Tak­ing it all in as ri­vals bat­tle it out.

I knew this game would be easy: Tom Smurth­waite en­joys the mo­ment.

There’s a tro­phy to be won and that’s Si­mon Had­dling­ton guard­ing it.

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