Beach tennis could soon be the new big hit in Canada

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Beach tennis coming to a sand pit near you
WATCH ABOVE: You may never have heard of beach tennis before but it's reportedly one of the fastest growing sports in the world. It's a new game that combines beach volleyball and tennis. It was officially introduced to Canada at a Laval tennis club on Wednesday. Tim Sargeant reports – Oct 5, 2016

A new racket sport is taking the world by storm and now a Laval, QC man is trying to make it popular in Canada.

Glenn Neven is the player with the vision to push beach tennis into sand pits across the country.

The sport is like a cross between traditional tennis – without the bounces – and beach volleyball.

It’s played with a racket similar to an oversized ping pong paddle and a softer tennis ball.

And don’t worry about your footwear – you can leave your shoes at home – bare feet is all you need to play this sport in the sand.

“Canadians are the best at taking advantage of the summer months we have. I mean, we’re in October right now, we’re outside in our shorts playing beach tennis,” Glenn Neven said.

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Neven converted a beach volleyball court at the Tennis 13 Club in Laval into a beach tennis court.

Almost instantly, players flocked to the sand court and told Global News they found a new love.

“We need sports to go outside. We need that. It’s going to be very popular,” Lyne Galarneau, a tennis player at the club said.

The sport is sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation and beach tennis could be an Olympic event by 2024.

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