Pickleball has become one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. The demand for places to play Pickleball leads to the question, “Can Pickleball be played on a tennis court?”
Yes, Pickleball can be played on a tennis court surface, and we will discuss some great options to keep Tennis and Pickleball players happy.
Blended Pickleball Lines On A Tennis Court
A common trend, that is working well, is to maximize the current “real estate” of existing tennis courts. That is usually a “win-win” and has been done for years with tennis and basketball court combinations. By USTA and ITF rules, tennis court lines must be white. Pickleball court lines can be added in a different color, so that tennis or pickleball can be played on the same court (at different times, of course) and the eye can focus on the applicable set of playing lines. As with the USTA’s kids tennis program known as 10 & under tennis or Quickstart, it is usually recommended to paint the Pickleball lines in the same color family as the court surface color. To better explain, if the court color is blue, apply the Pickleball lines in a shade of blue that is lighter or darker than the surface color. This makes the lines less distractive to tennis players.
How Much Does It Cost To Add Pickleball Lines To A Tennis Court?
This is a relatively inexpensive process and is usually performed by a qualified tennis court contractor. It can range anywhere from $250 to $600 per court, depending on a variety of factors:
- Existing surface condition (how much cleaning and prep is needed in order to get the new line paint to adhere properly)
- Total number of Pickleball courts to be painted (better price per court, for multiple applications to minimize mobilization)
- Lower cost to apply the Pickleball lines as the tennis courts are being resurfaced.
To get a free estimate from a qualified Pickleball court contractor on your facility, contact us and we can put you in touch with an experienced installer.
Pickleball Court Construction | Permanent Pickleball Courts
There is also a boom of permanent Pickleball courts being installed in park districts and residential settings. Since Pickleball courts are smaller (44′ x 20′) than tennis courts (60′ x 120′), more and more avid players are building backyard Pickleball courts. It is great fun for families, kids, and older players alike. In fact, many older players that are unable to physically handle tennis are turning to Pickleball for fun and fitness.
Pickleball court construction utilizes the same construction methods as tennis and basketball courts. Generally they are comprised of an asphalt or concrete substrate, and then surfaced with a non-slip, textured SportMaster brand of acrylic surface. Here are some additional resources for Pickleball court construction, surfacing, and striping layout:
- Pickleball Court Surfacing Specifications – Asphalt
- Pickleball Court Surfacing Specifications – Concrete
- Pickleball Court Striping Layout & Dimensions – Diagram