Even if you have only been playing Pickleball for a short time, you may be aware that there is a debate about Pickleball versus Tennis. As far as tennis players go it is a mixed bag. Many Tennis players have made the transition to Pickleball and some play both Pickleball and Tennis.
The issue at hand has to do with a few Tennis purists who claim that Pickleball is too noisy be it noise from the paddles or noise from the players. Because the players are such much closer to each other in Pickleball there is often a lot of playful banter that goes on. This and the noise coming from the paddles is the main complaint of Tennis purists.
The second area of contention has to do with use of space be it public or private. Some Tennis players contend that Pickleball is taking over, whether at their local park, their private club or any location where both Pickleball and Tennis are played.
Additionally, at times Pickleball courts are set up with lines made from painter’s tape. Tennis players contend that these lines can leave permanent marks.
Currently these issues are being dealt with in two ways. One - the various Pickleball paddle companies may in the future be coming up with “noise compliant” paddles. These would be paddles that would be used in certain facilities to mitigate noise as it relates to nearby Tennis and/or any residents who live near Pickleball courts.
The land use issue is being dealt with by the fact that many municipalities are building courts that are dedicated to Pickleball only. In fact, many dedicated Pickleball courts (public) have signs that say: “These courts are for Pickleball only.” If the municipalities can afford it this seems to be by far the best solution. Pickleball courts for Pickleball use and existing Tennis courts can be used for Tennis only. This would be the ideal “everyone is happy” solution to this problem.
In the end aside from a few Tennis purists this is a non-issue because as a whole Tennis players and Pickleball players get along just fine and enjoy peaceful