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Touchtennis is a sport that is an adaptation of tennis that is played on a compact court with foam balls and a smaller racquet. Like tennis, players use racquets to hit a ball across the net into their opponents' side with the objective of hitting the ball in such a way that one’s opponent is unable to successfully receive and return the ball, thus gaining a point. In addition to the equipment and court size, touchtennis features four significant rule variations from tennis: 1) If the racquet leaves the participant's hand in order to make a shot, then the shot will still count so long as the racquet does not cross the net to the other side of the court; 2) if a serve reaches the opposing participant without bouncing, then it is a fault unless they are touching the service line or are inside the service box when the ball hits them, in which case the server wins the point; 3) a serve may not be volleyed back by the returner; 4) only one serve is permitted. The court measures 12x5m for singles and 12x6m for doubles, with a net height of between 80cm and 91.5cm high. The scoring system is the same as tennis; the participant or team who win the most sets wins the match.

What are the origins of the activity abroad and in Canada?

This sport was created in England in 2002, and was introduced in Canada later in that decade.

Who takes part?

Males and females of diverse ages and ethnocultural backgrounds.

When does it occur / How often do you take part?

Touchtennis is played year round on indoor and outdoor courts.

Are there any organized clubs, groups, organizations or leagues?

Touchtennis Canada

Cultural Significance


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