To the ones I care about | Episode 7 | Wake up and survive
Get your racket ready in winter and the court in summer: where to start your beach tennis journey?
In parallel to the sports that have long become commonplace and customary, in our country, unexpectedly for everyone, the positions of a very young discipline are strengthening, which has already brought players from Russia more than one medal. Artyom Paramonychev, the captain and coach of the Russian junior national team, told us about where to start playing beach tennis and what prospects await this sport in the near future.
- Let's start with a retrospective. Beach tennis is a very young sport, but there is already debate about its history. How did it all start?
- There can be no discussion here. The founders are Italians, without any reservations. It was they who invented this sport at home, developed it, created the rules. There is also beach tennis in America, it belongs to another federation. And then there is the ITF, under the auspices of which all beach tennis tournaments are held. So these are two parallel competing organizations, but the main and most famous is the ITF. It includes tennis and beach tennis. The Americans pulled up this sport later. Yes, beach tennis has two development paths in different countries. But only time can show which of them will be more promising.
- Despite its young age, beach tennis has already gained popularity all over the world, and it is becoming more common from year to year. What, in your opinion, is the secret of such a rapid takeoff?
- This is a very dynamic and spectacular sport that requires a player to have tremendous physical, tactical and technical training, emotional stability, and adaptation to external conditions. Tournaments are held on different beaches, in different countries and climates. We have to get used to constant flights, new rivals. The tournament calendar is quite intense, while at each competition athletes try to show their maximum and win. The spirit of competition is very strong here. It can be seen literally with the naked eye. When you watch a match on the court, you immediately notice the struggle of characters, strength, skill, agility. It is a very diverse sport.
- How did your passion for beach tennis begin?
- Several years ago my friends invited me to play. I came, got involved and now I try to do everything possible for its development in our country. First of all, I deal with the junior team, because our future is in children. We hope that beach tennis will be included in the Olympic program in the near future. Then the juniors, whom we are currently preparing and training, will occupy leading positions in the world arena.
- At what age is it better to start playing beach tennis? Are there any restrictions?
- No restrictions. You can start at the age of five - with outdoor games on the sand. They are very useful for the body; they develop coordination, agility, and physical qualities well. And then - you can safely play until 80-90 years old and show good results in yourage category. The most important thing is to be purposeful, cheerful and enjoy the game.
- What does a beach tennis training consist of?
- Twice a week and at least an hour - general physical training. Moving on the sand is not so harmful for the joints, but it is a rather viscous surface, it is difficult to push off from it. Therefore, we have a lot of running and jumping exercises on the sand. We always train in an environment where it will be necessary to play.
With experienced players, training takes place three times a week for three hours. The main emphasis in physics is on strengthening the legs, arms and back. Two out of three hours are devoted to working with the ball. During the playing season, general physical training is reduced in training, because in a couple of months athletes gain good physical shape and during the year they simply maintain it.
From the point of view of psychology, it is important to understand: each player is an individual. Beach tennis is a purely doubles sport. We teach children to interact with each other, because everyone is a person, everyone is trying to prove themselves. The team must work as a well-coordinated organism. It is important to be able to adapt, adapt to your partner and move forward together.
- Do matches usually last long?
- Average duration of a meeting is an hour. During this time, a three-set match is played. About 20 minutes for one set. Of course, there are also more protracted fights. It all depends on the opponents on the court. If they show an equal quality of play, the match can drag on.
- How traumatic is beach tennis and what is the specificity of injuries?
- In beach tennis there are fewer injuries than in tennis. Falls on the sand are much softer, and most importantly, there is no shock load on the joints. The only characteristic injury here is the shoulder, because most punches are performed overhead or from behind the head. This can lead to hand injury, but all players work with resistance bands for prevention. Still, injuries can happen because the stresses in beach tennis are great. Athletes can play up to three matches a day.
Knees also sometimes suffer, but also much less often than in tennis. The main reason, again, is overstrain.
- Are there any injuries due to poorly prepared court?
- Yes, it is possible. In closed areas, the sand is usually clean, tidy and without any impurities, and on open beaches, even cleaned ones, something can always remain. For example, a seashell or a shard of glass. You can step on it or fall and get hurt. Beach tennis socks are available for protection in these situations. They are made of neoprene and come in different densities.
- Do athletes do not neglect these safety measures?
- Most people prefer to play barefoot, because this way you feel the court and sand better. But in some tournaments it is impossible to play without socks. There are different beaches, large fractions of neska, a lot of impurities ... It all depends on the organizers of the tournament.
- Tell us about the material side of beach tennis lessons. How expensive are they financially?
- It all depends on the season and the coach. In summer, the cost of renting a court is about 1000 rubles per hour, and in winter, when we have to work out in the gym, it is from 1500 to 3000. The cost of a coach's services is the same: from 1000 to 3000 thousand rubles per hour. It all depends on his qualifications, the specific sports school and the time at which classes take place. Evening lessons in any club are commercial and quite expensive.
- What about equipment?
- Basically, you only need a racket. It can cost from 5,000 to 15,000 rubles, depending on the model, manufacturer and the level of the racket itself. There are amateur ones, with them it is easier for novice players; but there are also professional ones. They have different stiffness, weight, balance. It all depends on each individual athlete. The player selects the racket for himself.
- Are there any requirements for equipment?
- According to the regulations, shorts and a T-shirt must be present, but it can also be a sleeveless jacket. Girls often wear special sports swimsuits. In general, the shape is the same as for beach volleyball. There may be a scarf, cap, bandana on the head. Wristband is also allowed.
- Maybe Maybe you know examples when famous representatives of some other sport played beach tennis?
- In general, many tennis players periodically try to play beach tennis - I saw Dinara Safina, Alena Likhovtseva, Dima Tursunov in the case , Ekaterina Bychkova and many others. Stars like Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have also tried their hand at beach tennis.
- In which cities in Russia is beach tennis developed best?
- There is a national team of St. -Petersburg. Beach tennis is developing well in Samara. The Russian Championship was held this year in Rybinsk. They work very well in this direction in Togliatti. I heard that recently they took a great interest in beach tennis in Novosibirsk. Moscow has the largest number of indoor beach courts, so we have a lot of good players. Several promising juniors live in Tver, regular participants in the championship and the Cup of Russia. Children from Yaroslavl are promoting beach tennis. I would like to see a representative office in Sochi. This year there was a meeting during the Kremlin Cup, attended by interested activists from Sochi. They too thought develop beach tennis there. It's warm in the Krasnodar Territory - just what you need. The main thing is that such sites as in Moscow, Rybinsk and Tolyatti should appear - these are professional certified tennis centers with excellent infrastructure, convenient location within the city and transport accessibility.
- What are, in your opinion, prospects for beach tennis in the near future?
- We need an influx of people, new athletes, ideas, talents. We have vast experience in communication and cooperation with foreigners. We can share it all. Beach tennis always attracts a lot of spectators because it takes place in a pleasant, joyful and very warm atmosphere. Together we can evolve, move forward and create a huge beach tennis planet.