Since the pickleball sport is growing in popularity, more and more people that once played tennis are trying out pickleball and loving it. In fact, pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports. In the last year alone, pickleball surged more than 21 percent in popularity.

Pickleball may look similar to tennis at first glance. While they may look alike visually, there’s noticeable differences between the two sports. The most obvious difference is that pickleball paddles don’t contain holes like tennis rackets. Other visual differences include the net height and the size of the court. If you’re interested in converting a tennis court to a pickleball court, read on to learn more about the options.

Pickleball Court

The dimensions of a pickleball court are 20 feet x 44 feet. Pickleball uses the same court size for both singles and doubles play. The square footage of a pickleball court is 880 square feet.

The layout of a pickleball court is broken down into three main parts. The first area is a non-volley zone that includes the space from the non-volley line to the net. This area is often referred to as the “Kitchen.” The left service area is the left half of the court behind the non-volley line. The right service area is the right half of the court behind the non-volley line. Each of these areas are 10 feet by 15 feet.

Tennis Court

A tennis court’s dimensions are 36 feet x 78 feet for doubles play and 27 feet x 78 feet for singles play.

A tennis court’s square footage is 2,106 for singles and 2,808 square feet of court for doubles tennis. If you’re choosing to convert, you’ll have a noticeable amount of extra space.

Full Conversion

Converting a tennis court to a pickleball court exclusively requires a full conversion. In most cases, this involves entirely removing the surface of the tennis court and putting down a new pickleball court. A tennis court can fit up to 4 pickleball courts.

Multipurpose Conversion

If you still have an interest in tennis, a multipurpose court conversion may be the better option. Basically, it requires adding pickleball lines to the tennis court. Depending on the condition of the court, it may be best to have the tennis court resurfaced. The downside to a multipurpose conversion is that it can cause confusion for other players. However, with the correct approach and a little time, the majority of players can eventually distinguish the different court lines.

To discuss tennis court resurfacing or pickleball conversion, contact Taylor Tennis Courts today.