Beach Tennis merges the sports of tennis and beach volleyball into one action packed sport that originated on the beaches of Ravenna, Italy, over 35 years ago. It is played with high tech carbon fiber paddles and a depressurized tennis ball on a regulation beach volleyball court with a net that is 5’7” high.
Sheraton Sand Key Resort’s Activities Director Steve Culver (aka Coach
Rhino) is a USPTA Tennis Professional. Introduced to the sport of Beach Tennis in 2003 by two aspiring Beach Tennis touring pros whose goal was to be trained in the new sport to achieve a National Ranking in the United States.
From that moment on, Coach Rhino’s passion for Beach Tennis grew to the point that he too began to travel and compete on the tour. At the age of 58, Coach Rhino has achieved a world ranking of #24 in singles and #17 in doubles and continues to compete worldwide.
Coach Rhino has organized several International tournaments in Clearwater Beach, FL, over the years and has currently found a permanent home for Beach Tennis Tampa Bay/IFBT USA at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
Coach Rhino trains his local beach tennis players almost every Saturday at 11am and guests are welcome to join in on the fun!
1 Hour Private Lesson- $60
1 Hour Semi-Private- $30/pp
1 Hour with 3 or more- $20/pp
The Sheraton Sand Key will again host the annual Sand Key Open, September 25-27, 2015. Beach tennis players from around the world will compete for $5000 in prize money. All are welcome to come down and cheer on Coach Rhino as he continues his quest to be the best!