UNIFORM | Paddle Tennis
Photo via Blogging Los Angeles.
It wasn't until I started playing Paddle Tennis in L.A. that I realized there are actually two sports by the same name. There's Paddle Tennis, which is popular in Los Angeles among many other beach cities in the world, and then there's Platform Tennis, a similar sport, that many people call paddle—and is popular in the Midwest and on the East Coast. The differences are small and include court size and whether one may play the ball off the caged fence, but mostly the difference lies in the season. Platform Tennis is a winter sport played on a heated platform and often accompanied by hot cocoa, and Paddle Tennis is more of a sunny summer sport. Both games can be super fast and a great work out, but I have to say Paddle Tennis has become my most favorite sport. I play once a week in West Hollywood at Plummer Park (there's only one court there, so don't tell anyone), but the best public courts in L.A. are definitely at Venice Beach where you can watch some crazy games. I combed through a bunch of the history of the two sports and the best thing I came across was this quote from an old article from the USPTA:
"Unlike tennis players, paddle-tennis players like to dress down, perhaps because of the beach's influence on the game. And the strict etiquette that is required in tennis is almost completely ignored. [Players] are renowned for screaming—at teammates—during matches. Tournaments get nasty—players have been known to purposely smash overhands at opponents' torsoes from point-blank range."
Maybe that's the reason John McEnroe likes paddle? Do you guys play paddle? If so what kind and where?
Paddle tennis: Knockaround sunglasses ($14); KP MacLane polo shirt ($155); Sid Mashburn Day-Glo Tretorn Nylites ($95) or Classic white Tretorn Nylites ($60); Bird Audio Cube ($90); McClure's Bloody Mary Mixer ($13).
Platform tennis: Saint James hat ($25); Wool blanket ($245); William J. Mills & Co. canvas duffel ($136); Enamel mug ($18); Boast long sleeve polo ($78).