As we see a steady rise in more and more people partaking in paddle and racquet sports, most notably pickleball and tennis, there is one sport that continues to grow in popularity that you may not be completely familiar with: POP Tennis.
POP Tennis, short for POPular tennis, is a twist on paddle tennis and dates back to 1898. Played on smaller courts with shorter solid paddles, lower compression tennis balls and the same scoring and rules as tennis, POP Tennis is a great complimentary sport to tennis.
“POP Tennis is the closest complementary paddle sport to regular tennis,” said Mitch Kutner, the President of the International POP Tennis Association. “The rules and scoring are the same as tennis, except that players get one underhanded serve. The footwork, strokes and aggressive strategies from the baseline are the same as tennis, with serve & volley being a central part of the game. The court is smaller and balls are slower which helps to create fun, exciting rallies, and a lot of intense back and forth net exchanges.”
POP tennis is currently being played in 34 states across the country, with the highest numbers of player clustered in Arizona, California and Florida. There are estimates of total players in the United States ranging between 1.25-1.5 million with hundreds of thousands more throughout Europe, India, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Right here in New York, POP Tennis continues to grow with courts being installed in many spots in our community. Jones Beach on the south shore of Long Island put up courts last year, as did many other beach clubs near Breezy Point and Coney Island.
In addition, Rye Raquet Club in Westchester has courts, as does Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village in New York City. Not to mention the array of private courts being put in many backyards across the Northeast.
“Seeing the growth over the past few years at country clubs, tennis facilities, retirement communities, gated communities, private residential backyard courts and many players buying portable nets and setting up temporary courts,” added Kutner. “A great workout and POP is an equalizer as players of different ages and ability levels can all get on the same court and have fun recreationally. POP is tennis, just an easier version. POP can be played year round, indoor or outdoor on all surfaces including hard court, clay, grass/artificial turf, modular sports tile and hard sand on the beach.”
You can learn more about POP tennis and find great products by visiting allracquetsports.com