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Wales to host touchtennis event

Wales is to host its first Babolat Masters Series touchtennis event in Penarth on 15 September.

The singles tournament is looking to involve male and female players from across the United Kingdom, and has already attracted several renowned touchtennis competitors.

Rashid Ahmad, who invented the game in 2002, has already signed up, as well as others in the top ten rankings, such as Adam Hassan and Elliott Mould.

Anyone can enter for a fee of £12 at www.touchetennis.com  – you can instantly get a world ranking and manage your own profile.

The prize fund consists of £400 as well as a G-Shock watch for the winner.

The Penarth event is aimed mainly at players with some level of skill, but the emphasis in Wales is for touchtennis to be open to all levels of ability and played in virtually any environment.

“Touchtennis is a very easy way to play the game both socially and competitively,” said Tennis Wales chief executive, Peter Drew. “It has the potential to appeal to anyone and can be played by people of any ability.”

The game takes place on a smaller court than standard tennis, with foam balls and smaller racquets, leading to long, intense rallies and deft stroke-play.

There are touchtennis tournaments taking place all over the world, with the next Babolat Masters Series event being held in Germany next month.

More information on touchtennis can be found at www.touchtennis.com/gb/home.php, including the official rules and where to play.

Information on all aspects of tennis in Wales is available from Tennis Wales at 029 20 463335 or www.lta.org.uk/in-your-area/Wales/ and for regular updates follow Tennis Wales on Twitter @tenniswales