Last month we offered some figures on pickleball’s growth trajectory relative to that of tennis. If you didn’t get the chance, you can read the full issue here. Here’s a quick recap of the numbers:
Pickleball Players in the United States (2018) 3.1m
Annual Growth Rate: 10%
Tennis Players in the United States (2018) 17.84m
Annual Growth Rate: 0.9%
Let’s assume these growth rates won’t fluctuate. At this rate, pickleball with eclipse tennis in popularity by 2038.
Welp, I think it is safe to say our projections ruffled some feathers. But it also sparked some great conversation. Here’s what you had to say:
From a former pro in both sports, Rick Witsken:
“I’ve played both professionally, currently coach both. I strongly agree that these sports go well together in any business model. That said, I look at the growth in the form of adults vs kids. I believe the growth at the adult level of PB is astronomically faster for kids at the moment. I would like to see kids play organized PB within their schools. At the adult level, along with ease of learning, there seems to be an intimacy/social bond that’s easier to develop on the court due to sheer spatial proximity. I feel fortunate to have embraced both.”
I guess we’ll see, but we’ve said it once and we’ll say it again – it seems like everyone is playing these days.