Paddle Tennis was created at the end of the 19th century on the East Coast of the United States by Reverend Frank Peer Beal. The sport developed due to Father Beal’s concern for the youngsters of the neighborhood, who were unable to attend Summer camps.
It gained popularity in Los Angeles in the late 1920’s and early 30’s and peaked in the 1970’s and 80’s. The city installed two to six courts at the hundred or so public playgrounds across Los Angeles, but lack of planned activities and court maintenance brought about a diminished interest in this niche sport.
However, Paddle Tennis (rebranded around the U.S. and Internationally as POP Tennis in 2015) has seen a resurgence in the last couple of years. Organized tournaments at the courts at Venice Beach in 2019 have helped to increase the sport’s popularity again.