Platform tennis is an outdoor racquet sport generally played in cool or cold weather that combines the best elements of tennis with racquetball and squash. The court is smaller than a tennis court and is surrounded by tightly strung, heavily gauged wire fencing (known as screens) that lets players keep the ball in play after the ball hits off the court and then the screens. As the name suggests, platform tennis generally takes place on a raised platform. This allows for heaters underneath to melt off the snow and ice. As the game has grown, platform courts in the south have been constructed without heaters. The surface of the court is gritted to prevent participants from slipping in wet weather.
Platform tennis is a fast-paced game of speed, power and quick thinking. It can also be a game of finesse, patience and strategy. It can be highly competitive or just plain social. It is what you make it!