Rules & Regulations

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) establishes the rules of Beach Tennis. BTUSA is the governing body of Beach Tennis in the United States and works with the ITF and other associations to unify the rules of Beach Tennis. The above rules are a streamlined version of the Official Rules of Beach Tennis. You can review a full copy of the rules of Beach Tennis. 

Beach Tennis Rules Summary :


  • The game is played as singles or doubles.
  • Regulation net height is 5 ft. 6 3/4 inch. (1.7 meters)
  • Width of an official court is 26 1/4 ft. (8 meters)
  • Length of an official court is 52 1/2 ft. (16 meters)
  • Paddles must be minimum of 18 1/2 inches in length and no longer than 20 inches.


  • The rules of beach tennis are like those of regular tennis:
  • Scoring is 15-30-40 with no advantage; at 40-40 (deuce) next point wins.
  • Doubles, men serve underhand.
  • Lets are in play
  • one serve is allowed per point.
  • The ball can NOT hit the sand. If it does, the opposing team receives a point.
  • If the ball strikes the line in any way the shot is good
  • No part of a player’s body or his/her equipment may touch the net or cross the plane of the net (over or under). If it does, that player’s team will lose the point being played.
  • The player serving must stay behind the base line while serving. If any part of a player’s body touches the base line in his/her service motion before hitting the ball, it is considered a foot fault and the serving team will lose the point.
  • Only one hit is allowed to get the ball over the net; in doubles, you may not pass the ball to your partner.


It is practiced on a field of fine sand, with a minimum of 16 meters and maximum of 20 meters long by a minimum of 8 meters and a maximum of 9 meters wide, separated in the middle by a net with a minimum of 1.70m and a maximum height of 1.85m from the ground, in the center.