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For Barbadians, ‘road tennis’ rules the streets


As dominant as Roger Federer is at traditional tennis, there does exist an offshoot of the sport that the super Swiss would have trouble mastering. It's called road tennis, and it's been one of Barbados' best-kept secrets for decades.

Created in the 1930s by those who couldn't afford to play lawn tennis, road tennis is essentially a miniaturized version of the version we all know, which means technique and coordination inherent to ping pong are necessary for mastery here. There's one player on each side of the court, which in its most professional form is painted upon concrete. (Residents in the poorer neighborhoods may just chalk out an outline in the street.) Scoring is ping pong-based, so the first player to 21 (with at least a two-point lead) wins.

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