Platform Tennis is an American racquet sport enjoyed by thousands of people of all ages. It is the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather. This unique appeal attracts people who desire fresh air, competition, and social engagement - all on a chilly winter's night.
Because it is easy to learn, platform tennis is enjoyed by players as young as eight and as old as old bones allow!
Where Can I Play?:
2800 Watkins Lake Rd.
Waterford, MI 48328
Paddle Club Coordinators -- call for information or to sign up:
Betsy Hodges 248.892.0580
Jay Reynolds 248.645.9671
(new members are welcome throughout the season)
Late-October to mid-April.
Get acquainted with the sport at the Open Houses! At 7 p.m.:
Thursday, Oct. 18
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Attend a Mixer! At 7 p.m.:
Thursday, Nov. 8
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
Contact 248-892-0580 or 248-645-9671 for more information or to sign-up for events.
Fees and Info
More information about Platform Tennis:
The game is played on an elevated aluminum deck 1/4 the size of a tennis court. Surrounded by a 12' high superstructure, taut 16-gauge "chicken wire" fencing allows play off the walls, similar to racquetball and squash.
The base of a platform tennis court is usually enclosed, where a heating system beneath the deck melts snow and ice on the aggregate deck surface, allowing athletes to play outdoors in all weather conditions.
Rules differ from tennis with one serve and use of screening to keep the ball in play.
Platform tennis paddles are made of a composite material with aerodynamic holes drilled in the head. Paddles are approximately 18" long. The spongy, rubber ball measures 2.5" in diameter. A flocking material on its exterior keeps the ball from skidding.