Platform tennis, a combination of tennis and racquetball, will be available at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center next year.

Plans are under way to construct three platform tennis courts at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center in Buckhead. The project is being paid for through private donations to the American Platform Tennis Association and will be given to the city of Atlanta upon completion.

HGOR planners and landscape architects have been retained for the project, and the platform tennis courts are expected to be completed by February 2015.

Lessons, clinics and league play through the Peachtree Paddle League are just a few of the program offerings that will be available to the public once the courts are completed. The new courts are part of the ongoing renovations and upgrades to Atlanta Memorial Park, which also includes the Bobby Jones Golf Course.

What exactly is platform tennis?

It is a combination of tennis and racquetball also known as “paddle tennis.” The sport began in northeastern states in the 1920s as a way for tennis players to stay active during the winter months. It’s played on a court that is one-fourth the size of a tennis court. The court provides an all-weather aluminum surface and is surrounded by 12-foot high screens.

The Peachtree Paddle League, formed in 2005, has been instrumental in growing the sport in Atlanta. The league has 11 teams and holds a championship event each year.

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