Red Ball Tennis™ is played with regular tennis racquets and a special low compression "red" ball, which is softer and easier on the arm than a traditional yellow tennis ball. The ball travels slower than a regular tennis ball which makes the game easy to learn, but still fast paced enough to be exciting. Because a Red Ball Tennis™ match is played on a smaller court and for a shorter duration than traditional tennis, the sport is also more forgiving to the joints and musculature of the legs and back.
How to Play
Red Ball Tennis™ is easy to play and follows many of the rules of table tennis. Check out the summary below. The official Red Ball Tennis™ rules and handbook can also be downloaded below.
Any flat space 60ft (18.29m) x 20ft (6.10m). The actual court dimensions are 36ft (10.97m) x 18ft (5.49m).
However, Red Ball Tennis™ can easily be played indoors or outdoors on a pickleball court, platform, paddle, or pop tennis court, badminton court, etc, and also temporary nets and lines can be set up virtually anywhere.
In addition, many players like to practice Red Ball Tennis™ in the service boxes of a regular tennis court.
Any portable net system will work or a standard tennis net is acceptable for casual play. The official net height for tournament play is 2.628 ft or 80 cm.
All that's needed is a mini-court, a net, regular tennis racquets, and low compression red balls, of course!
The scoring is the same as table tennis. Generally matches are 2 out of 3 games to 11. At 10-all, the game must be won by 2 points, just as in table tennis
One unique aspect of Red Ball Tennis™ is the serve, which must be hit down into the server's court before crossing the net into the receiver's court. This creates a lot of interesting serve tactics including the Big Bounce Serve™ and the Drop Shot and Angle Serves.
Because volleys are not allowed, just as in table tennis, the game is played with a lot of groundstrokes and is fun for both defensive and offensive style players. The drop shot and slice are powerful shots in Red Ball Tennis™.
Please check out the link below for the official Red Ball Tennis™ handbook, The Little Red Book™, for complete international tournament rules and other details about the game:
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