Tennis was initially introduced to Japan in 19th century which was later modified and called as soft tennis. It is more played in Asia, especially in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Philippines.
Soft Tennis is a racket game played on a court of two halves which is separated by a net. It is played in singles or pairs where the ball is hit over the net, landing within the court, in order to prevent the opponent to hit it back. Unlike regular tennis, soft tennis is played using soft rubber balls that are made of rubber and filled with air instead of hard yellow ball using a lighter and more flexible racket with a lower string compression. The courts and nets are similar as for regular tennis. This game is usually played by everyone, irrespective of sex and age; from school children to pensioners. People play this game enthusiastically thereby making it more thrilling. Depending on the number of participants, it is played in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Singles matches are usually played by a one set, best of seven games system. On the contrary, doubles are played by a one set, best of nine systems. You win the game if you earn four points first. If the player/team earns three points each, it is called ‘deuce’ and the game is played further till the player/team wins two points continuously. These different varieties of Soft Tennis can be seen in the World Soft Tennis Championships.
By: Anuja Arora