Shri. Roopa Ram Dhandev

Tennikoit, also called ring tennis, is a game which involves hurling a rubber ring called a koit over a net. This is one of the few games that can be played either indoors or outdoors. There is a presence of both the genders in this game. Two player games are called singles and four player games with two players forming a team are the doubles. Mixed doubles wherein one male and one female player form a team is a part of doubles game.


Shri. Lakshmi Kantham
Gen. Secretary TKFI

Tennikoit game is one of the sports that Britishers’ left behind in our country. The origin of the game could be traced back to the time when ships were sailing around the world. For the sailors, this was one of the games to spend time on board when there were not many recreation facilities available during the voyage. Normally it is easy to play when the ships are anchored. They renamed this game “DECK TENNIS”.


Shri. R.Ramanathan

We have exhibited the game of Tennikoit being played in India for the last 50 years. We have got 28 states has member of the Tennikoit Federation of India and as many as 10,000 player has been participating various national level events. We have three categorized national events for various age group, i.e., Sub junior level of 14 and below, Junior of 18 and below and Senior No age bar.



Tennikoit is a game, which is played either under daylight or under floodlights. It is played both indoor and outdoor by both the sexes. The game consists of both Singles and Doubles inclusive of Mixed Doubles. Singles is a two-player game, which is played by two players opposing each other. Doubles is a four player game, which is played by two teams of two players each, which play against each other. In the Mixed Doubles, one male and female shall form one team.

The Court dimensions, height of the net, specifications of the koit and other playing equipments are the same for Singles and Doubles for both sexes. But for the sub-juniors the height of the net shall be 1.67 meters (5 1 /2 ft. Tennikoit is a game played by two teams or two players on a playing court measuring 12.2 X 5.5 M. The playing court is divided into two equal courts by a Centre Line. Above this line a net is placed at a certain height. The goal of the player is to send the koit over the net, according to regulations, to the opponent’s court.

The koit is set in motion through the ‘Sen/ice’ by a player by virtue of his winning or losing the toss at the commencement of first set and sent diagonally to the opponent’s court over the net and the opponent® receive the koit over the net without any fault. The koit remains in play until it touches the floor, walls, ceiling or any other object or until a player commits a fault. A player shall have five Services in a row, no matter whether he takes or losses the point. After the score is 20 all & after the 9 rally is introduced when the stipulated time limit of 15 min. expires, each player shall have only one service in turns.

The team or player who scores 21 points in a minimum advantage of 2 points over its opponent or in the event of the score becoming 20 each, the team/Player who secures 22nd point first will be the winner of the set. The team which wins two sets out of three sets wins the match.

Koit is a ring made of white thin rubber sheet filled with foam rubber.



Tennikoit is the game mainly played in oceanic voyage in those day and likely called as the duck tennis without frame work or set of rules to play the game. in same, after generation it is has been scrutinized by the intelligence and game seeker as the tennikoit in India, likely it is ring tennis in south Africa and tenniquoits in Germany as many as also. both sex can play this game together in outdoor and indoor. in 1960’s inventory measure has been taken to organize the game in national wide and 2004 for the world bodies to bring this game international wide, as result 1st world tenniquoits championship is organized by tennikoit federation of India at Chennai with potential from Vellammal Education Trust.