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First touchtennis tournament serves up a winner

Cardiff will host the first British Universities touchtennis tournament next spring,

following the success of a special pre-Christmas event.

The festive-themed Cardiff University touchtennis tournament, hosted by Cardiff

Lawn Tennis Club attracted 50 students to try out this new shorter form of the game,

which is making the sport more accessible to players of all abilities.

Organisers have now confirmed the first British Universities touchtennis tournament

will take place in Sophia Gardens on March 13 2013.

“Our Christmas event was a fantastic day all round,” said Simon Clarke, Tennis

Development Manager (South Wales) at Tennis Wales, who coordinated the event.

“Cardiff LTC kindly provided the courts and club for the afternoon, and the University

tennis club provided mulled wine and mince pies!

“There were lots of positive comments from many who hadn’t played before. It is a

brilliant way to introduce people into the game and is played in an environment that

is enjoyable, relaxed and non-intimidating but can be competitive for those who want

it to be!”

Results: 1st – Scott Thompson and Vivian Garcia; 2nd – Peter Burns and Ryan

D Prosser; 3rd – Gary Hawke and Emma Underhill; 4th – Lauren Clarke and Jaz

Whitaker.

The March tournament will be open to all universities, involving players of all abilities

in mixed teams. Anyone interested in involving their college or university, should

contact Rashid Ahmad at rashid@touchtennis.com

“It’s really exciting to see touchtennis taking off in Wales,” said Tennis Wales chief

executive, Peter Drew. “It has the potential to appeal to anyone – it’s a much shorter

form of the game and can be played anywhere and by people of any ability.

“A match can be completed in minutes if that suits the players. With softer balls and

a smaller court, it’s not about strength and power – it’s more about deft touches and

clever stroke-play. The rallies last a lot longer which provides a very exciting platform

for people to experience the game of tennis.”

Information on touch tennis is available from Tennis Wales at 029 20 463335 or

www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/Wales/ or from www.touchtennis.com