In POP Tennis, the court is a little smaller, the ball a little slower, the racquet a little shorter — the combination of which add up to a lot of fun.
POP Tennis is a great starter sport for beginners of all ages, an easy way for social tennis players to switch up their routine or for competitors to find new ways to win. POP Tennis is most frequently played in a doubles format, although, popularity in singles play is increasing, so grab a mate and try the sport soon to sweep the globe.
The Essential Gear
POP Tennis has two possible court-size options. Both are smaller than a Tennis court and all that is required is a lower net and portable lines.
POP Tennis paddles swap the strings for a hole-filled strike zone made of fiberglass or carbon fibre.
75% the compression of a normal tennis ball for lower bounces and longer rallies.
POP Tennis is played and scored by the same rules as traditional tennis, with one difference: serves must be underhand and you only get one try.
Originally called paddle tennis, POP Tennis was created in the U.S. in 1898. Back then, the paddle was wooden, the ball was rubber, and the fanbase was growing—fast. The first tournaments were held in the 1920s and paddle tennis soon became a popular American pastime. Since being renamed POP Tennis in 2014, the International POP Tennis Association Inc. has introduced the sport to even more players around the globe.
Ken Lindner, the founder of International POP Tennis Association Inc. and primary ambassador for POP Tennis, along with most recent President Mitch Kutner have done a tremendous job in developing POP Tennis into an increasing global sport.
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What is POP Tennis?
POP Tennis is a fun twist of tennis that’s played on smaller courts, with shorter, solid paddles and low compression tennis balls. POP can be played on indoor or outdoor courts and is very easy to learn. It’s a fun, social activity that everyone can enjoy—even if you’ve never touched a tennis racquet.
Is POP Tennis easy to play?
Extremely! POP Tennis is an easy racquet ball sport to learn and is easy on the body to play. You can play it on a regular tennis court using portable lines and a smaller net, and the rules are almost identical to tennis. POP can be played anywhere! Not everyone has access to tennis courts. Portable nets and temporary lines can be set anywhere for a fun experience.
Why is it called POP Tennis?
When the POP paddle hits a POP tennis ball, it makes a ‘pop’ sound. POP culture and POP music are also synonymous with playing POP, so, POP Tennis it is!
What makes POP Tennis so much fun?
POP Tennis takes all the best bits of tennis and combines them up with a court and equipment that make the game easier the play. The result is a social sport that’s as laidback or competitive as you want to make it, and the best part is that absolutely anyone can play.
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