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Originating in Barbados in the 1930s, Road Tennis is played in on the back streets and roads of the country or now in permanent courts, such as the ones in Oistins and Speightstown. The game is played on a 10x20 foot court and the "net" is an 8 inch by 10 foot piece of wood. It has the same rules as table tennis (ping pong) and is a 21 point game. It uses hand hewn rackets made largely from plywood and tennis balls that have had the fur removed. It is the only endemic sport to Barbados and is wildly popular among the local population. Pictured here is a road tennis court in the back roads of the countryside.
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