Beach Tennis is a dynamic combination of Tennis, Sand Volleyball & Badminton - it's played on a 16x8 meter sand court with a net that is 5'7". Opponents exchange one volley per side until the ball hits the sand, and play a set with no-ad tennis scoring.
Robbie Haupt, Kelsey O'Keefe & Kim O'Keefe represented STL Beach Tennis at the Deerfield Beach, FL Beach Tennis World Cup, we just can't get enough of this tournament - it's the longest running annual tournament in the United States and keeps growing year after year.
Over 140+ players from around the world traveled to Deerfield Beach, FL to compete against the best for the world cup title. Kim & Kelsey took home 1st place in the Advanced division, while Robbie & Kim battled the heat in the Pro division. Can't wait until next year!
Beginners welcome! Become a part of the St. Louis beach tennis community at our next play date or keep in touch online! Find STL Beach Tennis on Facebook or www.meetup.com.
UPCOMING PLAY DATES
Join us Saturdays in April & May at Creve Coeur Park 11am-2pm, along the lake near the Taco Bell Pavilion & Kayak Rentals.
For the most current schedule, join our group on meetup.com or find us on Facebook.
Registration is now open for the June 10th STL Beach Tennis tournament at STL Sandbar in Ballwin, MO. Register for the STL Beach Tennis - STL Sandbar Open on www.active.com.
September 23-25th, 2016: Sand Key Open hosted by Team Rhino
STL Beach Tennis players Kim O'Keefe, Zsofi Lanstiak and Will Hall traveled to Clearwater, FL for an amazing weekend of beach tennis. O'Keefe & Lanstiak battled all day Saturday and earned a 3rd place finish after heartbreaking semi-final tiebreak loss to powerhouse pair Marie Pier-Huet & Barbora Jilkova of South Florida.
O'Keefe and Hall teamed up in Mixed Doubles and played some great matches against some of South Florida's finest, we'll be back!
This event is unique as it's a beach sports festival; other beach sports including Ultimate Beach Frisbee and Viking Games are in play simultaneously creating a fun & competitive atmosphere on the entire beach.
May 20-22, 2016: Deerfield Beach World Cup
Deerfield Beach, FL
December 12-13th, 2015: Holiday Open hosted by Palm Beach BT
Palm Beach, FL
Congratulations to the Palm Beach Florida Beach Tennis crew for hosting their first tournament, the Holiday Open! Players adorned with jingle bells competed for prize money and ranking points on a windy weekend in December. Competition was full of talent and holiday cheer, STL Beach Tennis's Kim O'Keefe made the trip and brought home 3rd Place Professional Women's Doubles with mid-west partner from Iowa, Carolina Hannes; and 1st in Advanced Women's Singles.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015: 10:30AM-1:00PM
Creve Coeur Park - Taco Bell Pavilion
September 24-25th, 2015: Sand Key Open hosted by Team Rhino
STL Beach Tennis was represented by Kim O'Keefe and Robbie Haupt as they teamed up for Mixed Doubles at the Sand Key Open hosted by Team Rhino in Clearwater, FL. They advanced to the pro draw after playing some great matches in pool play. In the first round of the draw, they beat experienced players Rick & Adrienne Simeon in a tough match. In the second round, they fell to the eventual tournament champions Fernando Guevara and Marie Pier-Huet. Robbie Haupt partnered with Ed Ponce of South Florida in the Men's Doubles division; they placed 3rd in the Advanced division - congratulations to Robbie for bringing home the hardware! Kim partnered with Julie Gibson from Kansas City in the Women's divsion. After many close matches ended in tie-breakers, they took home the Women's Advanced division title!
STL Beach Tennis Results:
Men's Advanced Doubles - 3rd
Women's Advanced Doubles - 1st
Mixed Pro Doubles - Quarterfinals
September 18-20th, 2015: IFBT World Cup hosted by IFBT Mexico
This tournament is a MUST for professional and aspiring beach tennis players alike - amazing scenery, beautiful all-inclusive hotel accommodations, and a well-run tournament! STL Beach Tennis's Kelsey O'Keefe entered her first international competition in Cancun, Mexico this September! Kim & Kelsey O'Keefe advanced to the Women's Pro Draw where they faced a very tough team of Jessica Baker and Randy Manning-Dauchot. The O'Keefe sisters rose to the challenge and played the best beach tennis they've ever played to win the match and advance to the semi-finals. In the semis, the sisters endured a disappointing loss to Adrienne Simeon and Nyala Hordones.
Women's Advanced Doubles - 3rd Place
Mixed Pro Doubles - Quarterfinals (Kim/Mark)
Saturday, Aug 8-9th, 2015: IFBT Cave Challenge Tournament hosted by STL Beach Tennis
Crystal City Underground
The tournament was a huge success with players coming from all over - Puerto Rico, Florida, Kansas City, Chicago & more - to compete for IFBT ranking points & prizes! Thank you to IFBT-USA, Crystal City Underground, Smash Athletica, Sexy Beach Tennis, Red Bull, Mrs. C's Specialties, and all of our amazing players for your support and services at this one-of-a-kind event! We look forward to future events at this amazing underground venue - where it is always a cool 60 degrees! Tournament recap & photos coming soon!
SEXY Beach Tennis World Cup May 29-31, 2015
Deerfield Beach, FL
Our very own Kelsey & Kim O'Keefe represented STL Beach Tennis at the SEXY Beach Tennis World Cup this year! Over 130 players from all over the world traveled to Deerfield Beach, FL to compete for the world cup title. The Women's Pro Doubles winners were a dynamic set of players from California & Puerto Rico - Marisa Mora and Beatriz Rivera. For the Men, a powerful team, Mark Bonfigli and Raffael Agulha from California & Brazil, respectively, took 1st in a hard fought 2.5 hour, 3-set final match.
2013 STL Beach Tennis Memorial Day Weekend Tournament
New Town, MO
STL Beach Tennis held their first beach tennis tournament on May 26, 2013 in the suburbs of St. Louis, MO. Many enthusiastic athletes came out to compete for IFBT G-4 ranking points and prizes.
After a full day of competitive Men's Doubles play, a father-son team was crowned the champions. Although Art King and Kyle King were defeated by Rick Johnson and Mike Stump (2-7) in pool play, the Men's Doubles championship game had a different result. The father-son duo proved to be resilient as they defeated Johnson and Stump in the final, which was decided with tiebreaker. Semi-finalists were Keith Yavorski/Jon Brandt and Sloan Stuart/Abe Skellenger.
In the Women's Doubles division, another family partnership won the championship. Sisters, Kim & Kelsey O'Keefe, defeated Donna Austin and Lisa Rutherford (7-3) in the women's final. Coming in third place was Kim Brandt and Kelly Walsh.
The Mixed Doubles division did not disappoint. Two close semi-final matches let to an exciting championship where Kim O'Keefe/Abe Skellenger squeaked out a win over Donna Austin/Rick Johnson. Semi-finalists were Kelsey O'Keefe/Allen Lodes and Lisa Rutherford/Mike Stump.
A special thanks to Deejay Chris Brown for providing musical entertainment, Smash Athletica for their sponsorship, and New Town Volleyball for use of the courts.