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»JOHN: Hi. My name’s John Sloan. I’m an ambassador in Las Vegas,
and I’m here at my home club in beautiful Siena. One of my favorite things
about the way we play pickleball in Siena is we have these
great nets that are portable. They can be rolled on and off
the court in a matter of minutes. We have four pickleball courts on
this single tennis court in Siena that we share with the tennis players.
So it’s important that we have some type of portable arrangement.
And these nets are very durable. They will withstand all the elements, and they
can be rolled on and off the court in just a matter of minutes. In addition to our
nets, we’ve got four courts with painted lines on the
tennis courts. And these lines are done very tastefully. We found
a rule through the USTA that lines could be painted on a
tennis court and not interfere with tennis if they were done unobtrusively.
So, what we did, we had the person who installed
the lines mix the paint, color- coordinating with our
playing surface and the apron. And we did kind of shadow lines. And
none of the lines overlap the tennis lines. And they stop short of the tennis lines.
You can look at the tennis court and see the prominent lines of the tennis
court and then the individual lines for the pickleball court are as
unobtrusive as they can be. In conclusion, we know that there are a lot
of communities around the country that are trying to introduce pickleball into
their community and play the game on a tennis court. We found a
way where you can have lines that are tastefully done, that don’t
interfere with tennis players, and can accommodate the needs of the pickleball
players as well as portable nets that are easily moved on and off the court
without having to be assembled. So when sharing space between pickleball and
tennis, we found a way where we can compromise. It works good for them
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Dennis Veasley

2 thoughts on “Gear Talk: High-End Multi-Use Courts with John Sloan”

  1. I'm willing to compromise to get space where I can for pickleball in the communities where I play, but it seems like tennis players have a severe allergy to the idea of additional lines on "their courts". When I play in a gymnasium, there are basketball lines, volleyball lines, and sometimes lines for other sports as well. Why should any one sport have exclusive rights to a public space? It's a different situation of course if the space is privately owned. Tennis players have been spoiled.

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