2008 saw the launch of the ITF Beach Tennis Tour, a new circuit of international events of the sport's fastest-growing offshoot.
The calendar consists of National Association sanctioned and/or organised tournaments worldwide, which offer international ranking points to participants. Players are ranked individually based on their results in doubles events only.
Tennis Europe's involvement with the ITF Beach Tennis Tour comes mainly in the form of the annual celebration of the European Beach Tennis Championships. First played in 2007 as a team event, the competition has grown exponentially each year and the most recent Championships in Bulgaria were attended by over 100 players from 19 European countries.
Rules of Beach Tennis and Rules of the Beach Tennis Tour, together with application forms to stage ITF-approved Beach Tennis tournaments can all be found at the ITF's beach tennis weblet: www.itftennis.com/beachtennis
2015 European Beach Tennis Championships
The Israel Tennis Association will host the eighth edition of the European Beach Tennis Championships in the city of Eilat from 22-24 October.
Entry deadline: 24 August
Nominations deadline: 7 September
Further details, including the tournament fact sheet and entry forms will be available here in due course.
Results and photos from previous editions of the European Beach Tennis Championships can be found here.