| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

This weekend's forecast calls for beautiful weather on Long Island, and with that comes the kickoff of the 2011 Beach Tennis season in New York. The new location for tournament play and permanent Beach Tennis courts in New York this summer is in Long Beach, right next to the Allegria Hotel (on the beach at the Allegria Hotel - National Boulevard and the Boardwalk).

Courts will be available and players will be there practicing on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Paddles and balls will be available to rent if you don't have your own. These courts will be permanent and will be available for use all summer. There will be league play and open play. In addition, Beach Tennis USA/Long Island Tennis Magazine will host six tournaments (for both Pros and Amateurs) in Long Beach throughout the summer.The first of therse tournaments will take place the weekend of June 4th-5th.

Beach Tennis USA will also host the Beach Tennis World Championships from Aug. 18-21 where the best players from all over the world will descend upon Long Beach, N.Y. for one of the year's biggest tournaments.

This sport is addictive and the learning curve is fast. With the sun shining this weekend, come on down to Long beach and try "The Hottest Sport on Sand!"

Look out for the soon-to-be-released May/June 2011 edition of Long Island Tennis Magazine for full details on the upcoming 2011 Beach Tennis Summer Season. The "Sandpit" section of the may/June edition will feature a two-page spread describing all aspects of how to get involved with beach tennis this summer including information on tournament dates and registration, league play, open play, paddle/equipment purchases, rules and all other aspects of this rapidly growing sport.