What is POP Tennis?
POP Tennis™ is the sport that everyone can immediately play and enjoy. It thoroughly engages and exhilarates you! (Please see adjacent “Videos.”) Unlike sports that require prior lessons or a measure of athletic ability, children, young and middle-aged adults, and the older set, can just grab a racquet, a tennis ball, and a court, and have a fantastic time. This makes POP Tennis a great family activity. Additionally, one of the fun things about POP Tennis, is that everyone has their own, unique playing style – so have a blast, as you find or create yours! The POP Tennis court is smaller than a Tennis court, the racquet or paddle is shorter than a Tennis racquet, and the ball is less lively. Additionally, the net is lower, and the players serve underhand—not overhand, as in Tennis. All of these things make POP Tennis easy to play. The huge benefits for POP Tennis players are that the rallies are generally longer than those of Tennis; there is more fun and exciting net play and (net) poaching; there is less court to cover; there are no overhead serves to learn; and as a result, there is far less running and wear and tear on the back, legs, feet, and shoulders.
In addition, POP Tennis is a wonderful sport for teenagers and adults to play. As Kent Seton, a premier collegiate tennis player and a top open POP Tennis player, astutely observed, “[Compared with Tennis,] You can play [POP Tennis] far better, far longer!” What Kent is essentially saying, is that once Tennis players leave college, begin to age, join the workforce, and play less frequently, their game and skills naturally begin to decline. However, in POP Tennis, you have less court to cover and have no overhand serving to deal with, so it is far easier to maintain your skill level for decades.
All of these factors make POP Tennis a fun and an exciting sport for individuals of ALL ages to play and to enjoy for a lifetime! POP Tennis certainly worked for me. I began playing POP Tennis at seven years old; then I transitioned to Tennis at thirteen, and played both POP Tennis and Tennis until I attended college. Due to my training in POP Tennis, I immediately became a top-ranked junior tennis champion. I then became the Captain and the #1 singles and doubles player on the Harvard University Varsity Tennis Team and the Eastern Junior Davis Cup Team. During this time, I won a plethora of singles and doubles tournaments. At age 35, I went back to playing POP Tennis exclusively, because I found it to be so fun, exhilarating, and satisfying; and as Kent Seton observed, I could continue to play POP Tennis at a very high level, whereas I was nowhere as good in Tennis, as I had been in college. Because of its unique attributes, POP Tennis can be played at a high level for a lifetime, with less practice, and despite previous player injuries and/or diminished skills. To this day, at age 62, I am still a top POP Tennis open doubles player (“Videos”).
Additionally, POP Tennis, due to the shorter distance between you and the player(s) on the other side of the net, leads to increased hand speed/quickness, and the development of faster hand/eye coordination. One benefit of this increased speed and quickness is that when you do play Tennis, your reflexes and reaction time will be quicker, so that you will feel as if you have far more time to react to, move toward, and hit the ball.
So playing POP Tennis should significantly improve your Tennis game. For a myriad of great reasons, POP Tennis is a fantastically fun and satisfying sport that you can play from ages 5 to 95. And “fantastic,” “fun,” and “satisfying” are pretty cool qualities, right?
POP Tennis: Try it and love it, for a lifetime!
What is over one hundred years old — but is now NEW, HOT, and POPPIN’? The answer is: POP Tennis!
According to the Carolina Paddle Tennis Association, Reverend Frank Peter Beal created the sport of Paddle Tennis in 1898. He saw Paddle Tennis as an activity for children and as a means for them to learn to play Tennis. His initial Paddle Tennis court was 18’ x 39’, exactly one-half the size of a regulation Tennis court. Players used a sponge-rubber ball and a wooden paddle. The much smaller court and the short-handled paddle allowed children to pick-up the game quickly; as a result, they enjoyed playing while attaining mastery of a racquet sport that prepared them to play Tennis.
Reverend Beal then moved to New York City in 1921, and the following year, the first Paddle Tennis tournament was held. During this time, adults began playing the sport and enjoyed how easy and exhilarating it was to play. In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Paddle Tennis grew in popularity and spread to other cities, such as Los Angeles. In time, many adult players believed that a larger court would produce a better game; however, Reverend Beal wanted the court size to remain as it was. At one point, Murray Geller, who lived in Brooklyn, New York, became Chairman of the United States Paddle Tennis Association Rules Committee and held the position for the next forty or so years. Geller was passionate about Paddle Tennis and was largely responsible for growing it in New York City.
Early on, Geller began advocating that Paddle Tennis be played on a larger court—especially for adults. As a result, an “adult” court size of 20’ x 44’ was adopted (the same size as a Badminton, Pickleball, and Platform-Tennis court). Reverend Beal, the founding President of the United States Paddle Tennis Association for over 40 years, kept the smaller court for children. By the late 1950s, the game’s popularity had grown—especially on the West Coast. Popular Tennis players, such as Althea Gibson and Bobby Riggs were playing Paddle Tennis and competing in its tournaments. In 1959, Reverend Beal had a stroke, and thereafter, Geller began exerting more control over the game. Also during this time, the Brighton Beach Baths, in Brooklyn, New York, converted hand-tennis courts into 20 smaller-sized Paddle Tennis courts; and “BBB” soon became a hub for Paddle Tennis and remained so for decades to come. BBB spawned such national Paddle Tennis star players as Sol Hauptman, Jeff Fleitman, Jeff Lerner, Harold Kempler, Eddie Feldman, Mike Gansell, Dorothy Wasser, Nancy Bluttman, Sol Schwartz, Russ Garber, Kenny Lindner, and many others. Prestigious Paddle Tennis exhibitions were held at BBB, when Tennis luminaries such as Bobby Riggs, Tony Vincent, and Paul Cranis played matches against Lerner, Gansell, and Lindner. Both Lerner and Lindner defeated Riggs in singles, when Riggs was the reigning National Paddle Tennis Champion, and both dominated the singles tournaments for a number of years thereafter.
During this time of growth, Geller was convinced that the court was still too shallow for the powerful players of the game. As a result, in 1961, the official Paddle Tennis court was lengthened by three feet on each end in order to make it 20’ x 50’. Additional changes were also implemented. The sponge-rubber ball was replaced with a deadened tennis ball (one punctured with a hypodermic needle). The net was lowered from 33” at the posts and 30” in the center, to 31”, pulled taut across the entire width of the court. The overhand serve was also eliminated, and only one underhand serve was allowed. These changes were accepted by both the East and West Coast Paddle Tennis Associations and are still in effect today.
Throughout most of the 1980s, West Coast Paddle Tennis enjoyed great growth and popularity under the sage leadership of Greg Lawrence, who, like Geller, was passionate about and committed to the sport. Venice Beach became a main Paddle Tennis hub, boasting a plethora of enthusiastic players and a slew of exciting tournaments for all levels of enthusiasts. Additionally, private clubs, such as the Sand and Sea Club, the Jonathan Club, the Bel Air Bay Club, and the Beach Club, had Paddle Tennis courts and held tournaments of their own.
During this golden era of Paddle Tennis in Los Angeles, certain rules regarding the lob were eliminated, so that the full court could be used for any form of shot—be it a drive or a lob. It was during this time that teams such as Sol Hauptman and Jeff Fleitman; Sol Hauptman and Rick Beckendorf; Greg Lawrence and Brian Lee; and Mark Rifenbark and Steve Magid were excelling. Thereafter, Scott Freedman and Sol Hauptman, along with the teams of Daryl Lemon and Ken Lindner, Doug Kolker and Ken Lindner, Russ Garber and Marcus Kramer, Ross Garber and Aldo Burga, and thereafter, Daryl Lemon and Kent Seton, established themselves as the top open POP Tennis doubles teams. It was during this time that Hauptman and Freedman established themselves as the all-time best doubles team. Around 2009, Freedman and Kent Seton won many of the National Open Doubles Championships. Additionally, after years of playing against all-time great open singles players, such as Vinnie Van Patten, Javier Santos, and Mark Rifenbark, Freedman also established himself as the best and most awarded singles player, ever. Also during this time, Bill Brothers—lovingly nicknamed, “Mr. Paddle Tennis”—expended a great deal of time and effort to enable West Coast Paddle Tennis to grow and flourish. He, along with Scott Freedman, founded and maintain the Paddle Tennis Hall of Fame. The Paddle Tennis Hall of Fame has inducted the game’s very top and accomplished Open players, as well as those individuals who have played integral roles in growing Paddle Tennis. In addition to Brothers, Mike Cohen worked incredibly effectively to galvanize Culver City Paddle Tennis. Due to the great amount of respect and trust that players have for Cohen and what he has done for the game, he is known as ‘the Voice of Paddle Tennis.’
As the 1980s and 90s passed, two major events transpired. Murray Geller passed away, and Greg Lawrence left his position as the leader of West Coast Paddle Tennis. As a direct result, much of the growth of Paddle Tennis came to a halt. However, during the 1990s until today, Steve Farhood, Mitch Kutner, and Jackie Heller in New York City, and Mark Kempler in St. Augustine, Florida, have done wonderful work in keeping Paddle Tennis alive in their respective cities (For his exceptional work regarding Paddle Tennis, Jackie Heller was inducted into the Paddle Tennis Hall of Fame). Additionally, Mark Guion has done a marvelous job establishing and growing the Carolina Paddle Tennis Association.
Starting around 2010, John Coray became President of the USPTA and, along with Donald Land and Mark Groves, this trio has done yeoman’s work. Then, Steve Gumplo, followed Coray as the USPTA President. Thereafter, Daryl Lemon left the USPTA and, together with Dora Corral and Matt Denoff, formed the American Paddle Tennis Association, or APTA. Lemon has worked tirelessly as an ambassador for Paddle Tennis, the sport he loves and excels at. However, notwithstanding the excellent work of Coray, Gumplo, and Lemon, and their stellar colleagues, having two, well-meaning, but autonomous governing bodies of Paddle Tennis has allegedly caused some problems and conflicts. One of these problems, has been that the USPTA and APTA have run separate tournaments, with each allegedly mounting its own “U.S. Open.” As a result, there has been no, one, West Coast governing body of Paddle Tennis, with the unfortunate result being that there is ambiguity for those who play and follow the game.
Additionally, there have been and still are major differences between the East Coast and West Coast games of Paddle Tennis. The West Coast version—which Murray Geller was adamantly against — in many instances, uses a restraining or “bucket” line, 12 feet from the net on each side. When this bucket line (which is for doubles play only) is in use, neither team may cross it until the receiver’s paddle has struck the ball. This is in direct contrast to the East Coast’s no-bucket style of doubles play, which resembles Tennis, in that it features no restraining line whatsoever. The West Coast advocates of the bucket line believe that this rule allows for more rallies and shot variations, and its usage, therefore provides more fun and produces more skill development. The individuals who are against using the bucket line convincingly argue that it is almost impossible to effectively police it recreationally or during tournaments, unless you have excellent referees on hand—and they are very hard to find! Additionally, stopping at some arbitrary bucket line, as you are about to hit your volley, is counter-intuitive to individuals who play or have played Tennis.
So, for a myriad of reasons, Paddle Tennis is a fun, exciting, and thoroughly enjoyable sport that has been severely hampered by internal conflict, geographical rule differences, and by almost insurmountable brand confusion. For example, when individuals hear the name “Paddle Tennis,” many of them think it is Ping Pong, Platform Paddle Tennis (played on a wooden platform, surrounded by wire mesh), Paddle Ball, or, more recently, Padel (the Spanish version of Paddle Tennis, played with walls surrounding the court), Pickleball, or Beach Tennis—all of which, with the exception of Paddle Ball, are played with a racquet of sorts, a net, and a ball.
However, in 2014, two exceedingly beneficial things occurred. First, the new, young, charismatic, and exceedingly popular brother-team of Austin and Scott Doerner—who individually have achieved great heights in major college tennis—won their fourth straight U.S. Open Paddle Tennis Doubles Championship. As a result, two, fresh, highly-skilled perennial champions emerged. Additionally, a strong cast of top open Paddle Tennis players decided to take action in order to build and re-brand the sport that they love. This core group of top open Paddle Tennis players (please see “POP Tennis Trailblazers”) set out to find a new, unique name for their great sport, and thereby eliminate much of the brand confusion that has enveloped it and had held its growth back for so long. It was Leo Recagni who came up with the name “POP”—or Popular Tennis—as in pop art, pop entertainment, and pop culture. It sounded fresh, open, inclusive, fun—and a sport of the people. All attributes of the sport we love.
So with new, state-of-the art racquets that POP, colorful clothes that catch the eye and POP, and fast exchanges and poaches that POP, Paddle Tennis was re-branded at the beginning of 2015, as POP Tennis — because “everything about our sport, POPS!”™
On April 26th, 2015, the first POP Tennis meeting was held. Ken Lindner was unanimously elected as the President of the United States POP Tennis Association, Inc., the organization he founded. During that meeting, Ken shared his three-pronged choreography, to make POP Tennis a major national and international sport. The first step to be taken was to secure impactful, local and national television exposure. Weeks later, there were local market TV stories airing, discussing POP Tennis and its unique and highly positive assets. Thereafter, the Today show aired a compelling piece, devoted to POP Tennis, that was seen by millions; additionally, the Associated Press produced a POP Tennis story that was fed to 250 networks throughout the world.
POP Tennis was off and running.
A big thank you, is extended to Mark Guion and the Carolina Paddle Tennis Association for their excellent article from which much of the early Paddle Tennis history in this article is based.
Articles & Opinions
A letter from Ken Lindner, the President of the United States POP Tennis Association. One of the VERY MOST IMPORTANT goals of the United States POP Tennis Association, is to imbue and empower children with confidence, as well as with feelings of mastery and high...read more
Hi Everyone, I am writing this note to our POP Tennis Community, as a whole, and specifically, to those individuals who have not yet joined our POP Tennis Movement. I hope that this letter explains and elucidates what some of the primary, immediate and long-term goals...read more
Dear Fellow Paddle Tennis Players, I hope that this letter reaches you and all those you love feeling great and enjoying a beautiful and blessed day. I have been playing Paddle Tennis for 55 years, and I feel, as most Paddle Tennis players do, that we have an...read more
POP Tennis is a great way for everyone to have fun and exercise at the same time. With a less lively ball, a smaller court, a lower net, and a shorter racquet, it is easy for everyone --- especially children ---to immediately play well, and thereby, gain empowering...read more
My name is Russ Garber, and I am a tennis and POP Tennis enthusiast. I live in a place where this is no POP Tennis, so I play tennis a few times a week. However, I travel to Venice Beach over twenty times a year to get my fix of POP Tennis, a game we all love. This...read more
First off, I’d like to take the opportunity to say a big, thank you, to everyone for coming to the table to discuss how much better we can make this wonderful game that we all love. One of the most important things to remember when responding to Roberto’s fine memo is...read more
One of the primary reasons why Paddle Tennis has not fulfilled its tremendous national and international promise and potential is that there is brand confusion. Essentially, individuals often confuse or don't know the difference between Paddle Tennis, and the sports...read more
Dear Luminaries, First, I'd like to reiterate my support for all the work everyone is doing to infuse new energy into the sport we love. Since we're in what I feel is a new phase, inevitable questions have been raised, specifically having to do with rules and what...read more
Dear Paddle Tennis Players, The re-branding of our sport from Paddle Tennis to POP Tennis, is a marketing strategy designed to bring our sport national attention and reduce the confusion that already exists. It is not designed to change the game, but only to catalyze...read more
Because net play and (net) poaching are so important in POP Tennis doubles play, it is essential, in almost all instances, that you hit your returns-of-serve with topspin. This is the case because returns hit with topspin dip at your opponents’ feet. This forces your...read more
In life, a first impression can determine whether a relationship gets off to a positive or a negative start. In essence, it is a tone-setter. Similarly, the effectiveness --- or lack thereof – of your serve, -- often determines whether or not you start a point in a...read more
Below are tips that can enable you to raise the level of your POP Tennis game. Keep your feet moving/bouncing throughout your warm-up and the match. Quick, facile steps are the ticket. When possible and appropriate, hit your strokes with topspin. Vary the spots to...read more
One of the most common mistakes that individuals make when volleying, is that they stand “flatfooted.” As a result, they have no transfer of weight from their back foot to their front foot. By not stepping into their volleys and, therefore, not hitting the ball in...read more
Hi Ken, My name is Katherine Wagner. I really, really enjoy paddle tennis or now poptennis. I like the name change. I played doubles in tennis and was a pretty good recreational player. I captained a team from Jacksonville, FL in 92. we won nationals at the 5.0...read more
The POP Tennis Children's Empowerment Initiative
A letter from Ken Lindner, the President of the United States POP Tennis Association. One of the VERY MOST IMPORTANT goals of the United States POP Tennis Association, is to imbue and empower children with confidence, as well as with feelings of mastery and high self-esteem, through their playing POP Tennis. This is what we aspire to accomplish through our free POP Tennis Clinics.
As I discuss below, I know how empowering, feeling good about yourself on the POP Tennis court, can be for a young person. Playing POP Tennis, initially, as an overweight and a physically-challenged youngster, gave me strong and valid feelings of self-confidence. It is my passion and our Association’s mission to empower and equip young people to thrive in their everyday lives, through their learning and playing POP Tennis.
I began playing POP Tennis when I was 7 years old. Because the POP Tennis court is smaller than a Tennis court, the racquet is shorter than a Tennis racquet, the net is lower, and the ball is less lively, POP Tennis was extremely easy to learn and immediately play well. As a result, I was quickly able to begin rallying and have fun. These strong feelings of accomplishment, made me realize that I could do something well and feel good about athletics. Without doubt, my early POP Tennis experiences changed my life in the most positive ways. I lost weight, because I was active; I began to exercise appropriate discipline, because I felt that I was worth doing good things for; and I regularly practiced and played POP Tennis, because I enjoyed it and saw positive results. Years later, I transferred all of the positive life lessons that I learned on the POP Tennis court, to my Tennis, academic, and professional endeavors.
All of the highly-beneficial things that POP Tennis did for me, are experiences, benefits, and qualities that we hope to give to and develop in thousands upon thousands of our country’s children. Because I played POP Tennis beforehand, taking-up Tennis, at age 13, was easy and highly-rewarding. This was the case, because I had already developed my groundstrokes, poaching ability and instincts, volley, overhead, movement, court sense, and strategic, mindset on the POP Tennis court. Soon thereafter, I became a top-ranked Eastern Junior Champion. I then became the Captain and #1 Singles and Doubles player on the Harvard University Tennis Team, as well as on the Eastern Junior Davis Cup Team. During these years, I won a myriad of prestigious National and Eastern Tennis and POP Tennis titles. I also had the privilege and honor to play against some of the world’s very best Tennis players, such as Arthur Ashe (whom I defeated in an Exhibition match), John McEnroe, Vita Gerulaitis, Gardnar Mulloy, Brian Gottfried, Sandy Mayer, Harold Solomon, and others. What an amazing gift!; and I was able to experience all of this, because I learned to play and love POP Tennis as a child!
In this section of our POP Tennis website, we will keep viewers posted regarding free POP Tennis clinics and events that will take place in cities across the country. Below are two videos to enjoy. The YouTube video, shows Rachel Gailis, who has developed into a stellar Tennis player, by playing POP Tennis. The KNBC video discusses how beneficial POP Tennis can be for young people. Additionally, there is a membership list (in alphabetical order) of the POP Tennis Children’s Empowerment Committee. This Committee is comprised of Senior Educators and top-tier POP Tennis Instructors, who are committed to bringing the finest, free POP Tennis instruction and positive experiences to all children, everywhere. Here’s to POP Tennis enhancing, enabling, and empowering your child!
Thank you for your time and consideration. Sincerely, Ken Lindner President, The United States POP Tennis Association, Inc.
POP Tennis Children’s Empowerment Committee
Vahe Assadourian: Worldwide POP Tennis Ambassador and Premier USPTA Children’s Pro Tennis Instructor Mike Cohen: Highly-respected POP Tennis Leader, Luminary, and Ambassador John Coray: Head of Worldwide POP Tennis Special Projects Jimmy Dunne: Leader and Visionary of the California Children’s POP Tennis Conference Ronita Elder: Director: Diversity and Inclusion, Southern California Tennis Association Nick Haridopolos: Highly-respected POP Tennis Teaching Pro for the Jonathan Club Leslie Howard: Highly-respected POP Tennis Teaching Pro for the Jonathan Club David Joseph: Co-Founder and Executive Director of “America Scores,” which is a non-profit, after school program, that works with over 400 L.A.-based children. The goal of “America Scores,” is to inspire and empower children, on and off the field, through soccer and poetry. Cole Kahrilas: Bright, shining, young POP Tennis star Scott Krivitsky: Awarded New York City Board of Education Leader Melinda Lindner: Former Top Collegiate Tennis Player, Pro Tennis Instructor, and strong POP Tennis supporter Andrew Minnelli: USPTA Southern California Teaching Pro Of The Year for 2015 John Myers: Director of Athletics for the Bel Air Bay Club Jerry Pham: POP Tennis Leader, Catalyst, and Visionary Will Segar: Highly-respected Senior Children’s Educator and Children’s POP Tennis Leader Denise Yogi: Top Open POP Tennis Player and Strong POP Tennis Supporter
News, Notes, & Events
The POP Tennis community is deeply saddened, as Mark Rifenbark, passed away today. Mark, who was known as “Rifey” and “The Flying Dutchman”, will be missed by all who knew him. Mark was one of the very few POP Tennis players, who won the National Open POP Tennis...read more
The St. Augustine POP Tennis Association hosts the Annual National Beach POP Tennis Championship. This year will mark our 44th annual event. Last year’s tournament was a huge success and we expect even better things from this year’s tournament. In addition to...read more
On Saturday, April 16th, the wonderful people in Ojai, are holding their annual, Ojai POP Tennis Doubles Tournament. As many of you know, the Ojai courts are nestled in a beautiful park that moves the soul. Additionally, the Tournament Committee in Ojai, cannot be...read more
April 2nd- 3rd, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks is proud to host the Venice Beach Spring Doubles POP Tennis Tournament at the Venice Beach Recreation Center! Call the LARP for more information: 310-399-2775read more
Dear Ken, The call I received from you this morning really excited my day by reinforcing why “POP Tennis” helps me to get up and start my day and why we want to help in promoting our sport! When I wrote you back in January to thank you for the inspiration you have...read more
Hi, My Dear Friends, I hope that you and those you love are well.This past week, I was invited to speak at The International Tennis Symposium, at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (I paid my own way:) ) The convention was HUGE, with, I am told, attendees coming from...read more
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (Jan. 20, 2016) — The tennis industry has promoted play on shorter 36-foot and 60-foot tennis courts for a number of years versus the full-size 78-foot tennis court. The shorter courts help players of all ages get active and learn the game in...read more
The United States POP Tennis Association, Inc. is pleased to announce, that we have been advised, that POP Tennis courts are now ready for play in New Zealand. We are excited for New Zealanders to enjoy our wonderful sport!read more
Here is a beautiful picture of one of the eye-catching POP Tennis-Pickleball Combo-Courts, that POP Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Mike Gansell, arranged to have built at the resort to which he belongs, PGA National. These courts, will be wonderful models for identical courts...read more
Charlotte Fleitman, the mother of Jeff and Steve Fleitman, both stellar sons and POP Tennis players, passed away last week. I knew Charlotte as a youngster, and she was always kind, gracious, and highly-encouraging. The POP Tennis community wishes Jeff, Steve, and...read more
Worldwide POP Tennis Ambassador, Vahe Assadourian, will be introducing POP Tennis to China next week. Vahe will be taking racquets, nets, and POP Tennis Rules, which have been translated into Chinese. Thank you, to Will Segar, who has asked his brother to do the...read more
On Thursday, October 8, POP Tennis was introduced to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, with a stellar exhibition and clinic. This event was brilliantly envisioned and orchestrated by Jerry Pham. The extremely talented and charismatic team of "A2", Austin Doerner and Austin...read more
As a result of compelling POP Tennis television exposure, and the excellent information and insights given by our "Head of POP Tennis Special Projects,” John Coray, the plan is for POP Tennis to come to New Zealand, in the very near future.read more
POP Tennis Teaching Professionals To Create A POP Tennis Professional Instruction Certification Manual
POP Tennis and Tennis Teaching Professionals will soon be collaborating to create a POP Tennis Professional Instruction Manual, which will set forth information and criteria for certification of POP Tennis Teaching Professionals. The goal of this Certification...read more
Doerner Brothers Win 6th Open Doubles Titles In A Row; Stillman and Miller Win “A” National Doubles Championship
On Saturday, September 26th, Austin and Scott Doerner won the 2015, United States POP Tennis Association’s, Men’s Open Doubles Championship, winning their 6th straight National Doubles title. They defeated, one of POP Tennis’ all-time, top teams, Scott Freedman and...read more
Hall of Fame POP Tennis player, Mike Gansell, is the visionary and catalyst for bringing POP Tennis/Pickleball Combo-Courts to the PGA National Club, in West Palm Beach, Florida. These courts will be the models for Combo-Courts to be built throughout the country and...read more
Congratulations to Mitch Kutner & Evan Swarztrauber, winners of the Open Division at the Annual Marvin Freed Memorial Peter Cooper-Stuyvesant Town POP Tennis doubles tournament in New York City. A field of twenty one teams started the day. Kutner and...read more
The annual Marvin Freed Memorial Peter Cooper-Stuyvesant Town POP Tennis doubles tournament will take place at Playground 5 in Stuyvesant Town (14th Street/Avenue B) on Saturday, September 19, and Sunday, September 20. Please contact Mitch Kutner for details:...read more
Jerry Pham, is putting together a fantastic POP Tennis Exhibition in Dallas, Texas, October 8th. This event will be held in conjunction with a Futures Tennis Tournament. We expect that this event will receive TV coverage. Thank you, Jerry, for your stellar work!read more
Mitchell Ball, who is the South Florida POP Tennis Ambassador, is bringing POP Tennis to both Miami and South Florida. He will be holding a POP Tennis event in Miami, on September 23rd, which will be covered by WSVN, Channel 7. We are all excited about what Mitchell...read more
In New York City, this past Sunday, Brian Wan and Melissa Tu defeated Mitch Kutner and Jason Freed, 8-5, in the finals of the William “Buddy” Henry Memorial POP Tennis Doubles Tournament. The tourney was held at the Silver Gull Beach Club in front of a big crowd....read more
POP Tennis to hold the William “Buddy” Henry Memorial POP Tennis Doubles Tournament, Sunday, August 30th, at 10AM, at the Silver Gull Beach Club, in Breezy Point, New York. William Henry was an heroic fireman, who gave his life in the 9/11 attack. For information...read more
Children from the Jonathan, Beach and Bel Air Bay clubs gathered for their annual day on the pop tennis courts. They were supervised, coached and mentored by club athletic directors and top pop pros. A fantastic time was had by all. POP Tennis extends a big "Thank...read more
On Saturday, July 20th, pop tennis held an exhibition at the BHCC. Exciting and enjoyable matches were played, and pop pros hit with and instructed BHCC members. POP Tennis sincerely appreciates being invited to to the BHCC to show members our great game.read more
Scott Doerner and Doug Kolker, and Mike Cohen and Bill Brothers win Open and “A" Division LA City Doubles POP Tennis Championships, respectively. Major congratulations to all those who participated and ran this first class, POP Tennis event.read more
Venice Schedule: L.A. City Doubles July 11 and 12th US Open National Singles August 22 and 23rd Fall Classic Mixed Doubles September 12 and 13th POP Tennis US Open Doubles September 26 and...read more
The POP Tennis World Mourns the Passing Of Dick Van Patten: Beloved Husband, Father, and Renown Actor
POP Tennis mourns the passing of a stellar human being and father to two top POP Tennis players, Vinny and Nels Van Patten, who are also top-drawer individuals and sportsmen. We know that Dick was an amazing dad, because he produced such great sons. We will all miss...read more
The Associated Press (AP) will be doing a story that will be fed to two hundred fifty networks throughout the world entitled, "The Boom of the Hot New Sport, POP Tennis."read more
"Today" show does a major POP Tennis story on the POP Tennis "craze!" Watch it here!read more
KTLA and its sister station in San Diego broadcasted POP Tennis stories today. Here in Los Angeles, KTLA aired four live POP Tennis segments!read more
KSWB in San Diego, California, airs POP Tennis story, "POP Tennis Craze Sweeping the Nation."read more
WCBS-TV in New York City, airs POP Tennis story entitled "Sport of POP Tennis Taking off in New York."read more
Brian Wan (Harvard) defeats 2-time, defending champion, Jordan Murray (Duke) in NYC POP Tennis Singles Finals.read more
Two Jacksonville, Florida stations, WJAX and WJXT, air POP Tennis stories highlighting the 43rd Annual National Beach POP Tennis Tournament, held in St. Augustine, Florida.read more
Local station KEYT in Santa Barbara, California, aired a story entitled, "POP Tennis, Becomes Next Big Hit." This story highlights Ojai POP Tennis, as well as women's and children's POP...read more
Jimmy Dunne, John Myers, Roland Sunga, and POP Tennis President, Ken Lindner, announced that the United States POP Tennis Association will now be affiliating with the prestigious Children's California POP Tennis Conference.read more
KNBC Channel 4 airs POP Tennis story discussing its Children’s Empowering Movement along with POP Tennis’ new affiliation with the California POP Tennis Conference. Watch it in our media section or on the KNBC website!read more
In a meeting of approximately fifty individuals during the POP Tennis launch meeting, Ken Lindner was unanimously elected President of the United State POP Tennis Association (PTA).read more
This event is postponed until later in the Summer - check back for more updates!read more
The New York Chapter of POP Tennis, is holding it's annual Singles Tournament, Saturday, May 16th, and Sunday, May 17th, at Stuyvesant Town, New York City. Should you want to enter this great tourney, please contact Steve Farhood (email@example.com), or Mitch Kutner...read more
Regretfully, POP Tennis mourns the loss of one of the East Coast's most popular POP Tennis players, Artie "Albany" Velcoff, who passed this week. We will dearly miss him.read more
Saturday, May 2nd, at Venice Beach, the POP Tennis Hall of Fame, will hold its annual Hall of Fame Doubles Tournament. Should you want to enter or get more information, please contact: John Coray (firstname.lastname@example.org).read more
The 2015 POP Tennis Hall of Fame inductees will be Harold Kempler, Diane Pirie Cockerill, Nels Van Patten, and Greg Peebles. Please join the festivities at the Venice Beach POP Tennis Courts, May 2nd, 2015, at noon!read more
The Good Day LA team was broadcasting live from Venice Beach this Friday, with Sandra Endo joining some POP Tennis all-stars as they took Los Angeles viewers through the basics of POP Tennis. Here is a clip from the...read more
Stephanie Simmons and the KCBS news crew spent the morning at the Venice Beach POP Tennis courts shooting a segment for the 5 o'clock news hour. The crew shot over a half hour of doubles points and filmed not only the Venice Beach POP Tennis enthusiasts, but players...read more
This month’s “POP Player Profiles” shines its spotlight on three players: Two mega-stars of today, Austin and Scott Doerner, the current #1 Open Pop Tennis doubles team in the country, and Hilary Hilton-Marold, a member of the POP Tennis Hall...read more
The Annual National Beach POP Tennis Tournament, in St. Augustine, Florida, will once again be held over Memorial Day weekend. It will be run by Team WIT, a group of “Women in Training” who do “Whatever it Takes” to run an excellent tournament and make everyone feel...read more
Our website is officially active! Please take the time to enjoy the POP Tennis videos at the top of the page, read the articles on the sport, or peruse our picture gallery. Check back in the news section for more POP Tennis updates!read more
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POP Tennis Press Kit
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Regarding National POP Tennis:
Ken Lindner: email@example.com
Regarding Los Angeles POP Tennis:
Austin Doerner: firstname.lastname@example.org Scott Doerner: email@example.com Ken Lindner: firstname.lastname@example.org Emiliano “Emi” Saccone: email@example.com
Regarding New York City POP Tennis:
Mitch Kutner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding St. Augustine, Florida POP Tennis:
Mark Kempler: email@example.com
Regarding The Carolinas’ POP Tennis:
Mark Guion (Carolina Paddle Tennis Association): firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding Texas POP Tennis:
Jerry Pham: email@example.com
Regarding Rules and Rule Interpretation:
John Coray: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regarding Tournaments and Tournament Schedules:
Regarding the POP Tennis Hall of Fame:
Bill Brothers: email@example.com Scott Freedman: firstname.lastname@example.org
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