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.
Practice Makes Perfect
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
Sand Key Sports Festival
Each year, the Sheraton Sand Key plays host to the annual Sand Key Sports Festival, which includes the Sand Key Open. International Beach Tennis professionals, as well as Ultimate Frisbee teams play along side each other on our 10 acres of white sand. All guests are welcome to enjoy the music and festivities while watching and cheering on the teams.