Crowded tennis courts: These 4 alternatives are at least as much fun with a bit of practice.
Tennis is in! Since tennis was one of the first sports to be permitted again after the Corona lockdown, many hobby athletes are only discovering the traditional setback sport this summer. As soon as the weather plays along, the courts will be full. During core hours it seems almost impossible to book a court as a non-member. But this is no reason to worry - there are alternatives that are at least as much fun as a game of tennis. We'll tell you about them!
"Spikeball", made famous by an American TV show ("Shark Tank") is an action-packed setback game. The game is played in teams of 2 players who try to "smash" the rubber ball onto a trampoline with a maximum of 3 contacts (similar to beach volleyball). The ball then bounces off the net due to the round cover and it is the other team's turn. After a short period of getting used to the game, the control over the ball increases rapidly and spectacular and action-packed rallies are the result. Spikeball is also suitable for families with children. And the good thing about the game - all you need is a Spikeball set and a free area in the garden, park or yard.
Frescobol is a sport where people play with each other instead of against each other. With a robust wooden bat, both players try to keep the rubber ball in the air as long as possible. Frescobol is comparable to beach bat and ball, but it is much more multifaceted and versatile. For example, there are different balls that have different speed levels. Usually, the players face each other at a distance of 5-10 meters. When a higher game level is reached, you can switch to other game variants such as attack and defense - so boredom should be avoided.
For playing frescobol, all you need is a bit of space and a frescobol set.
Padel originally comes from Mexico. Today it is very popular especially in Spain. Padel is best described as a mixture between tennis and squash. Like tennis, padel is played with a net. As in squash, the playing field is bordered by walls on the outer side. The video shows how spectacular padel can be.
Admittedly, padel also requires a facility. But since padel is still relatively unknown in the United Kingodm, the chances of finding a free court may be higher.
Crossminton, officially called speed badminton until 2016, is a setback game originating in Berlin. The initial idea was to be able to play badminton outdoors without a net. Nowadays "Crossminton" resembles the classic badminton only a little bit. The only thing that has remained the same is the objective of the players - you try to place the gaming device in the opponent's field in such a way that the opponent is forced to make a mistake. Compared to badminton, however, the fields are about 12 metres apart and there is no net. The rackets are more robust and the playing equipment has been modified. Despite all modifications one can say - Crossminton is fun especially on mild summer evenings!