Pop Tennis: The next big thing in sports

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Something old, is now something NEW, HOT, AND POPPIN’ — IT’S POP TENNIS! POP Tennis has been in existence for over 100 years, and up until a few months ago, it was called Paddle Tennis.  

A Southern California movement, spearheaded by Ken Lindner, has re-named and re-branded the sport as POP Tennis — as in Pop Culture, Pop Entertainment, Pop Art, etc. The goal of this passionate Southern California movement, is to make POP Tennis a national and international sport, and hopefully, one day, an Olympic sport.

POP Tennis is a sport that you can play from 4 years old to age 100. 

Compared with Tennis, the court is smaller, the racquet is shorter — so the hitting surface of the racquet is much closer to your hand; the net is lower; the ball is less lively; and you serve underhand, instead of overhand. All this makes POP Tennis far easier than Tennis to learn, enjoy, and immediately play well. 

For children, POP Tennis is an excellent means for them to develop Tennis strokes, Tennis volleys, Tennis movements, as well as enjoy immediate feelings of mastery, confidence, and high self-esteem. 

As discussed, POP Tennis is a sport that you can play for a lifetime; it is a wonderful family activity; and people of all ages, with all levels of athletic abilities, can enjoy our great sport. 

Interestingly, Tennis pros, such as Maria Sharapova, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Bjorn Borg, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, etc., have come to Venice and played POP Tennis in their spare time. It is a sport that they choose to play, because it is so much fun and so engaging. 

Ken Lindner is a member of the POP Tennis Hall of Fame, and is still a top Open Doubles player. He began playing POP Tennis when he was 7 years old. 

Because he learned to hit Tennis strokes on the POP Tennis court, he was able to easily transition into Tennis. Ken became a top-ranked Junior Tennis player, and then the Captain and Number One Singles and Doubles player on the Harvard University Varsity Tennis Team. 

During college, Ken won numerous Tennis tournaments, as well as defeated Arthur Ashe in an exhibition match. At that point, Ashe was ranked #5 in the world; the following year, Ashe was the #1 ranked Men’s Tennis player in the world. A few years after college, Kenny went back to playing POP Tennis, because he could remain far better, far longer, playing POP Tennis.

The fact that he is still one of the top Open Doubles players in the country, attests to this fact.  

Austin and Scott Doerner are from Australia and were top National Collegiate Tennis players. They, too, have made the transition to POP Tennis and have won 4 consecutive U.S. Open Doubles Championships.

6. To see videos of all levels of all POP Tennis players, learn about the history of POP Tennis, and other exciting facets of our sport, please visit us at www.poptennis.com.

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