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Deck tennis is a sport that was played on the decks of passenger and cruise ships and is still practiced to a small extent. This sport is also known by the names Tenni-Koit, Tenniquoites or Ring tennis. To some extent, the sport is a hybrid between tennis and quoits, and is played with either the rubber disk of quoits or a similarly-sized rope ring.
Rules vary somewhat from place to place, as the sport has no overall governing body and tends to vary widely with the space available to be allocated to it, but it is usually played on a court roughly 40 to 50 feet (11 to 14 m) long and 15 to 20 feet (5 to 7 m) wide and may be played as either as singles or doubles. The midcourt net is usually the height, or higher than that of a tennis net. The basic idea is to catch the thrown quoit and immediately return it from the same position in which you caught it while aiming it so that the opponent can't catch it.
Scoring and Play
The scoring system is the same as regular tennis: Love, 15, 30, 40, Deuce, Advantage, Game.
Deck Tennis is the official sport of the City of Warwick, Rhode Island. During its heyday in the 1980s and early 1990s, the City of Warwick held a citywide Deck Tennis competition. Hoxsie Elementary school holds the most titles.
- James Masters. "The Rules of Deck Tennis from". Masters Games. Retrieved 2011-02-03.
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