Pickleball lines on a tennis court

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  1. teletennis

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    Our town has taken it upon itself to have bright yellow "pickleball" lines painted on one of the 4 town tennis courts. It has made it very distracting to play tennis on this court now (hard to see where to aim etc)- and the ball of course skips off the lines. Has anyone else dealt with such a situation? I made the point to the city that I have never seen lines for other sports painted on an active tennis court- has anyone else? Thanks-
     
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  2. vandre

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    in some places I've seen a tennis court or 2 with basketball lines on it (they also had backboards outside of the fence). I've never seen any with pickleball lines on them though.
     
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  3. sureshs

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    A couple of courts at my club have the 10-and-under lines
     
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  4. TennisAddiction

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    10 and under lines are completely acceptable on a tennis court. Pickleball lines however are obnoxious to say the least!
     
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  5. hollywood9826

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    Where are the pickleball guys supposed to go. If the town only has 4 courts they for sure aint gonnabuild a standalone pickleball court.

    Just be glad you 4 courts to use.
     
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  7. teletennis

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    They don't need a tennis court- they don't use the net, and all they want is a fenced-in paved area. Are we supposed to share the courts with the foursquare association or whatever other sports would like to have a paved, enclosed space? I say no- these are tennis courts and should remain only that. Pickleball players can lobby the city for years like we did to get our courts!

    This isn't being snobby- I don't care when soccer players come on and kick the ball to each other over the nets. But they are not painting permanent lines that disrupt the tennis playing experience.
     
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  8. BHBeguile

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    I had to go to wikipedia to see what the heck "pickleball" was. Looks like overblown ping-pong. Is this really considered a sport?
     
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  9. teletennis

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    I guess. If you look at videos, you will see they are using a net but it's shorter & lower than the tennis net (they bring their own portable ones to our tennis court).
     
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  10. newpball

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    Not only is tennis losing popularity, I think with these narrow minded attitudes tennis players are not making themselves any more popular with others.

    Perhaps it is just the vocal minority and not at all representative of the general tennis player but based on the number of silly complaints here on this forum about being distracted about this or that, irritated about yet something else, the constant complaints about the rudeness of others, the never failing the 'we are good versus they are bad' line calling arguments and other game bad behavior experiences of always others or just complaining on and on about whatever related to tennis or the courts I wonder if tennis players are not quickly making themselves impossible. It would not surprise me that outsiders prefer to see tennis players behind a fence inside their exclusive clubs so they can play their silly distraction/irritation/rudeness/complaining games just amongst themselves.
     
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  11. newpball

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    Finally someone who makes sense.

    Yes sharing indeed what a concept.
    But the question is do snobs want to share?
     
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  12. Dave M

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    Our local courts have tennis, netball, 5 a side football and hockey markings on some of them which is colourful if nothing else.
    I have never heard of pickleball.
     
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  13. colowhisper

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    No pickles. No beer either, which would make it like huge beer pong and a lot more interesting! But apparently it is a sport:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikDgrvp_rhY&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
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  14. Baxter

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    Pickleball is HUGE here in Grand Junction, Colorado. The city recently transformed an eight court tennis facility into six tennis courts, four pickleball courts and four ten and under tennis courts. I play singles in the morning on one of the tennis courts and we're usually the only ones out there. All four pickleball courts are packed with people waiting to play. So at my local park, pickleball is ten times more popular than tennis. It's not going away, but tennis is in the decline.

    I gave it a try yesterday and it was fun and the learning curve is really short. I was competitive after about five minutes. It's easy to learn, there's hardly any running and the fact that all four players are physically so close makes it more social. Retired people are flocking to it like crazy here. The top players are almost all ex-tennis players that are just too old to play even doubles tennis anymore. You don't shake hands after a match BTW, you touch paddle butt caps.
     
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