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Pickleballer players accuse tennis players of vandalizing their nets!

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Pickleball is a racket sport that reworks some techniques and rules of pop tennis. This sport was created in 1965 by William Bell Jr., Barney McCallum and ex-politician Joel Pritchard on Bainbridge Island in the United States of America. The name derives from a boat, called the Pickle Boat, which sailed in Puget Sound near the first field set up for the sport. There are currently thousands of US schools that program pickleball as a physical activity for their students.

The playing field measures 13.41m long by 6.10m wide. The net is 36 inches high at the ends and 34 inches in the middle. The paddle is with solid plate while the ball is plastic weighing 21-29g and diameter 7.3-7.62cm. There are two forms of play: individual and doubles.

The match is usually won by those who score 11 points, playing only one set or the best of 3 sets, depending on the tournament regulations, spacing the opponents by two points, therefore in a situation of equality on 10-10, the game continues to the bitter end when someone scores two consecutive points: in some tournaments the decisive point is in force and therefore without extension to the advantages.

But now tennis players are fighting with pickleballers in Needham, Massachusetts, over court space sharing. Vandals damaged or discarded pickleball nets. And pickleballers suspect the tennis crowd is to blame.

Pickleball aficionado Lisa Rhoades said in an interview with a Boston television station, “We were more than happy to cohabitate with tennis players and share facilities as needed, and someone had this anger inside of them to pick on we.”

In Falmouth, Massachusetts, for example, some residents have filed a public nuisance lawsuit over harmful and obnoxious noise levels related to pickleball.

In New York City, pickleballers have been accused of taking up valuable space on the playground typically reserved for children.

“No one can fully understand what it’s like to sit on the back deck listening to that pop, pop, pop,” Falmouth resident Rob Mastroianni told the Wall Street Journal.

Many cities across the United States are allocating federal COVID-19 aid to build pickleball courts. And the Wichita City Council recently voted to spend over $6 million on a pickleball complex.

The global pickleball equipment market now stands at nearly $66 billion, according to a research report. And it is projected to grow to $155 billion over the next few years.

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