What is Pickleball?
Pickleball is a low-impact sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis, focusing on reflexes, reactions and smart positioning of the ball rather than power and speed.
How is Pickleball played?
Using a small paddle and modified wiffle ball (a perforated hollow polymer ball), Pickleball is played on a court that is the same size as a badminton doubles court. The scoring is different to tennis with most matches first to 11 points, with a lead of two points. There is a non-volley area in the middle of the court (the ‘kitchen’) which comes into play after the first two returns – both of which must bounce.
History of Pickleball
Since its introduction back in the mid-sixties, Pickleball has now emerged as one of the fastest-growing sports in the US and Canada. In the past 12 months, the amount of Pickleball players in the US has almost doubled to 9.8 million.
Pickleball in Australia
There has been organic growth throughout Australia with over 150 clubs and 10,000 players nationally. If strategically integrated within select tennis venues, there is a great opportunity to attract and retain new players, along with providing additional revenue opportunities for tennis clubs and coaches.
Where can I play?
Pickleball is growing in popularity across Australia with many tennis venues now offering Pickleball courts for booking. Find your local tennis venue on play.tennis.com.au to discover if they offer pickleball bookings.