The Lynch Centre is set to host the city’s first touchtennis team competition next Saturday April 15. The Tay touchtennis Challenge is being run in partnership between Abertay University and Macmillan Cancer with all proceeds from the event going to the charity.
touchtennis is a form of tennis played on a reduced size court with foam balls and 21 inch kids’ racquets. Its carefully calibrated regulations aim to level the playing field for competitors by fostering long, intense rallies and clever angle play. The sport’s popularity is growing fast and there is now a touchtennis circuit including Grand Slams and Masters Tournaments.
This event will see 16 teams come together in 4 groups and face off to see who will come out on top. The format will be to have a team of two men and two women go head-to-head in 20-minute matches and there is no requirement for players to be from the same club. There will also be a mini masterclass with Kangoo rebound shoes on the day, delivered by international Instructor Liana Kirilova and t-shirts and facepaints provided by Macmillan Cancer for players and spectators.
Ross Taylor, Student Tennis Ambassador at Abertay University said
“The idea of this competition is not just to raise the profile of touchtennis in the city but also to inspire people to get involved in spirited community events like this.”
Entry is £20 per team, with a guarantee of 4 matches on the day. Anyone interested in taking part can email firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for entries is Thursday April 13.
As well as being on offer at the Lynch Centre, Leisure & Culture Dundee aims to roll touchtennis out at sports centres in the city.