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Miniten (a portmanteau word, derived from mini+tennis) is a tennis-like game created by naturists.[1] It was devised in the 1930s,[2] in order to provide a suitable game for naturist clubs which often lacked sufficient land to create full-sized tennis courts. Mr R. Douglas Ogden, a Manchester-based businessman with an interest in sporting activities drew up the original rules.[3]

The rules and scoring are similar to tennis and standard tennis balls are used, but the court is much smaller, and instead of racquets, players use wooden bats known as thugs, which are shaped like a box around the player's hand.[4][5]

The sport is run by the Amateur Miniten Association. Miniten: Rules of the Game was published in 2017 by Wolfbait Books. The book was illustrated by Colin Gordon.


  1. ^ Edghill, Sarah (1995-07-13). "how to be a naturist". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  2. ^ Miniten: Rules of the Game, Wolfbait Books. 2017
  3. ^ Miniten: Rules of the Game, Wolfbait Books. 2017
  4. ^ "A stitch in time". The Guardian. London. 2007-05-31. Retrieved 2009-08-27.
  5. ^ "Nudists descend on town for naturist festival". Sydney Morning Herald. 2008-12-30. Retrieved 2009-08-27.