POP Tennis on 36- and 60-foot tennis courts is played the same way as on a full-size 78-foot court, except players only get one serve, which is underhand. All other rules and scoring are the same, as well as the strokes, footwork and strategies.
The tennis industry has promoted play on shorter 36-foot and 60-foot tennis courts for a number of years versus the full-size 78-foot tennis court. The shorter courts help players of all ages get active and learn the game in a fun and exciting way. Now, the game of tennis played on 36- and 60-foot courts gets a major boost through the U.S. POP Tennis Association.
POP Tennis uses shorter tennis courts, lower pressure balls and shorter racquets.
“POP Tennis is a sport that everyone can immediately play and enjoy,” said Ken Lindner, the president of the U.S. POP Tennis Association and POP Tennis Hall-of-Fame player. “We’ve rebranded what used to be called ‘paddle tennis’ into POP Tennis, a fun and exciting sport that pops!
“We are standardizing the size of POP Tennis courts so the game can also be played on the thousands of 36-foot and 60-foot tennis courts already in use and being built across the U.S.,” Lindner said. “POP Tennis has also adopted the lower pressure Red and Orange tennis balls that have been used for many years throughout the country for both youth and adult tennis programs and competition.”
POP Tennis on 36- and 60-foot tennis courts is the same as tennis on a full-size 78-foot court, except that in POP Tennis, the serve is underhand and players only get one serve. All other rules and scoring are the same, as well as the strokes, footwork and strategies. Currently, there are more than 18,000 standalone or lined 36- and 60-foot tennis courts in the U.S., many developed with the assistance of the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) facilities grant program.
“Unlike sports that require prior lessons, children and adults of all ages and abilities can just grab a racquet and a ball and have a fantastic time on a 36-foot or 60-foot court, which makes POP Tennis a great family activity,” Lindner said. “Tennis and POP Tennis are totally complementary and compatible sports. POP Tennis is a form of tennis—just about every youngster who has ever picked up a POP Tennis racquet has transitioned naturally and inevitably to play tennis in high school, college, and/or socially.”
“For tennis providers, offering POP Tennis at facilities and parks will help bring more people of all ages into tennis and drive revenue for tennis businesses,” said Jolyn de Boer, executive director of the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). “POP Tennis is a perfect fit for all facilities, especially those who are facing demands from short-court alternative forms of tennis that impact existing tennis infrastructure.”