Platform Tennis

Information

PLAY OUTSIDE ALL YEAR LONG!

A fun, social, and year-round sport! Platform tennis is an outdoor racquet sport for any age that combines elements of tennis and racquetball. The game, which is mainly a doubles sport, is played with a solid paddle and a spongy ball. The court is 1/3 the size of a tennis court and surrounded by screens that let players keep the ball in play after it hits off the court and then the screens.

It is simple to get started—all you need to do is show up at the courts any Saturday at 12:00pm with a pair of sneakers to participate in our FREE Clinics. Our instructors will provide you with all the equipment and instructions you will need to get started.

Our 4 courts are located next to the tennis courts at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. 

Social Events
Weekly Drop-Ins – Leagues – Social Tournaments – Cook-Outs

We’ll be looking for you at the courts!

Costs and Fees

PLAY 3 & SAVE! Ask about our combo rate for all 3 sports!

Platform Tennis Memberships
Amenity memberships are available to Ocean Pines residents and non-residents. Non-residents wishing to join the Ocean Pines Association to purchase amenity memberships may do so for an additional yearly fee of $250.

  • Family – $250
  • Individual – $150

Attention Racquet Sport Members & Guests – Please sign in at the Racquet Shop prior to heading to the courts.  By signing in, you help us keep track of court usage/availability, maintain accurate statistics and validate memberships.  Thank you!

Click here for amenity membership applications.

For additional information please call 410-641-7717 or the Racquet Shop at 410-641-7228.

Platform Tennis Drop-In Times

These drop-in sessions are open to all, members and those wishing to play on a drop-in basis. No advanced sign up is required. The formats vary depending on the number of players. We often play 4 game sessions or first team to win 4 games to keep the wait times short. It is a great way to meet the players.

Sunday 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Courts 1-2
Fran Cunningham 410-208-1121 410-707-1368 fhcunningham@yahoo.com
An established drop-in that is open to all players at all levels of play.
Using the traditional format of 4 game sessions, it is a great opportunity
for new players to enhance their skills.

Tuesday 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Courts 3-4
Bob Baker 240-676-1871 rbaker182@verizon.net
This session has become popular with new players.
All are welcome.
E-mail sign up is preferred but not required.

Tuesday 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Courts 1-2
Fran Cunningham 410-208-1121 410-707-1368 fhcunningham@yahoo.com
One of the earliest established drop-ins it is open to all players at all levels of play.
Using the traditional format of 4 game sessions, it is a great opportunity
for new players to enhance their skills.

Wednesday 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM Courts 1-3
Araceli Popen 302-270-8118 aspopen@yahoo.com
This is the Timeless Tennis drop-in.

Thursday 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Courts 1-4
Jim Freeman 215-704-4592 jimisfreeman@verizon.net
A popular session, all 4 courts are often in use. All players of all abilities are welcome.
There is a social activity afterwards involving food and beverages, BOYB.

Saturday 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM Courts 1-4
Jim Freeman 215-704-4592 jimisfreeman@verizon.net
Well attended session. There are some that come around 9:00.
Check Platform Tennis calendar for Saturday events following play.
Free lessons are available starting at 12:00 Noon.

News

Platform Tennis Introduces Timeless Tennis in Ocean Pines

Araceli Popen

Timeless Tennis offers a new and exciting opportunity for the Ocean Pines racquet community. Whether one is a tennis player, a platform tennis player, or someone who wants to try out a new activity, Timeless Tennis offers a unique experience along with exercise, fresh air and almost year- round play.

It all began with tennis and platform tennis player Araceli Popen. Araceli introduced the game in Ocean Pines when she discovered that the dimensions of the platform tennis courts were the same as those recommended for Timeless Tennis. Araceli explained that the hard court surface in Ocean Pines is perfect and that the 12-foot-high screens surrounding each court are just an added bonus because the balls stay within the court so the players  do not have to go far to  retrieve them.

Playing Timeless Tennis on a shorter and narrower court has many benefits. When Timeless Tennis is played on regular tennis courts, lines need to be drawn so that the court measurements conform to USTA recommendations.  Playing on platform courts is great for tennis players who want to work on their technique, for new players and for those who need a smaller court.

Araceli said, “When my husband Mike and I first discovered the platform tennis courts in the 1990s, I thought it would be a great way to get back in shape for tennis but because as we were so busy driving our children to tennis tournaments and swim meets, we didn’t have time to join then. We joined platform tennis in 2012 and got hooked on the sport. Timeless Tennis is fun because we get to play both tennis and platform tennis and enjoy the many different events that the platform tennis community offers.”

Araceli has a lot to offer. She has played tennis for many years and has run free summer clinics in Dover and Georgetown, Delaware for over 14 years. Her father started a USTA -sanctioned junior tennis tournament in 1973 and when he retired 16 years later, she carried on his legacy by running the tournament for an additional 20 years. In 2011 Araceli was inducted into the Delaware Tennis Hall of Fame.

For the last two years, Araceli has volunteered her time and energy to introducing Timeless Tennis on the Ocean Pines platform tennis courts.  She is known for her enthusiasm, patience and ready smile.

Timeless Tennis drop-ins are held every Wednesday from 4-6 pm at the Manklin Meadows Racquet Sports Complex. For more information, contact Araceli at aspopen@yahoo.com or call 302-270-8118.  After a 30-day free trial period and free lessons, the purchase of a platform tennis membership or a drop-in fee will be required.

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