platform tennis

platform tennis
a variation of tennis played on a wooden platform enclosed with chicken wire in which the players hit a rubber ball with wooden paddles following the same basic rules as tennis except that only one serve is permitted and balls can be played off the back and side fences.
[1950-55, Amer.]

* * *

Variation of paddle tennis, played on a platform enclosed by a wire fence.

It was devised in 1928 in Scarsdale, N.Y., U.S. The short-handled oval paddles are made of perforated plywood; the balls are made of sponge rubber. The rules are the same as for tennis, except that balls may be played off back or side walls after first striking inside the court.

* * *

sport
also called  Platform Paddle Tennis, or Paddle Tennis, 
 sport that is a combination of tennis and squash, devised in 1928 by American sports enthusiasts Fessenden Blanchard and James Cogswell at Scarsdale, N.Y. It is played on specially constructed platforms, 60 by 30 feet (18 by 9 m), surrounded by back and side walls of tightly strung wire netting 12 feet (3.7 m) high. The actual court measures 44 by 20 feet (13.4 by 6 m), and the net is 2 feet 10 inches (86 cm) high at its centre. The paddles, or bats, used instead of rackets, are made of oval plywood, metal-bound and perforated, and have short handles. Balls are made of sponge rubber. The rules are the same as for tennis, except that balls may be taken off the back or side walls after first striking inside the court proper, and only one serve is allowed.

      The sport has gained some popularity in the United States. The American Platform Tennis Association, founded in 1934, regulates the game.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Platform tennis — is unique as the only racquet sport that is played outdoors in cold weather. The sport is played at private clubs, public parks, and in backyards at both highly competitive and purely recreational levels. This sport must not be confused with… …   Wikipedia

  • platform tennis — ☆ platform tennis n. PADDLE TENNIS …   English World dictionary

  • platform tennis — noun : a variation of paddle tennis that is played on a platform enclosed by a wire fence * * * a variation of tennis played on a wooden platform enclosed with chicken wire in which the players hit a rubber ball with wooden paddles following the… …   Useful english dictionary

  • platform tennis — noun Date: 1955 a variation of paddle tennis that is played on a platform enclosed by a wire fence …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • platform tennis — plat′form ten′nis n. spog a variation of tennis played on a wooden platform fenced with wire • Etymology: 1950–55, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • Tennis (disambiguation) — Tennis can mean the following:*sports: **Tennis (also called lawn tennis ) **Real tennis **Table tennis (also called ping pong ) **Platform tennis **Paddle tennis*video games: **Activision Tennis (released 1981) **Tennis (video game), a NES game… …   Wikipedia

  • tennis — /ten is/, n. a game played on a rectangular court by two players or two pairs of players equipped with rackets, in which a ball is driven back and forth over a low net that divides the court in half. Cf. lawn tennis. See illus. under racket2.… …   Universalium

  • platform — platformless, adj. /plat fawrm/, n. 1. a horizontal surface or structure with a horizontal surface raised above the level of the surrounding area. 2. a raised flooring or other horizontal surface, such as, in a hall or meeting place, a stage for… …   Universalium

  • tennis — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. lawn tennis, court tennis, platform tennis, table tennis, tennis tournament, match play, professional tennis, amateur tennis, net game*, the tennis racket*; see also sport 3 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. racket sport,… …   English dictionary for students

  • Tennis for Two — Developer(s) William Higinbotham Publisher(s) William Higinbotham Designer(s) …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”