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 competition regularly hosts well over 100 players at each edition.
More information on the Beach Tennis Tour, including application forms to stage ITF-approved Beach Tennis tournaments can all be found at the ITF's beach tennis weblet: www.itftennis.com/beachtennis
2018 European Beach Tennis Championships
Tennis Europe has announced that the twelfth edition of the European Beach Tennis Championships will be held in Latvia later this year.
The event, which is being held for the first time in a Baltic nation, will be staged from 12-15 July in Jurmala, and has been extended to take place over four days. A junior competition for players aged 18 & Under will be held alongside the main event.
The 2017 competition saw a total of over 150 players from 19 countries in action, culminating in victories for Italian pairs that went on to finish the season as world #1s; Luca Cramarossa & Marco Garavini and Federica Bacchetta & Giulia Gasparri.
The European Championships is a closed event at which players representing Tennis Europe’s 50 member nations compete for men’s, women’s and mixed doubles titles.