Pickleball Court vs Tennis Court - The Differences
Pickleball court size
The first main difference is the size of the court. A pickleball court is much smaller than a tennis court, it is 20’ x 44’ for both singles and doubles. in pickleball, a non-volley zone extends 7’ back from the net on each side, commonly called “the kitchen”. (You can learn about the Kitchen rules here)
The tennis court size is a rectangle as well, 78 feet long and 36 feet wide for doubles. For singles, the court is 27 feet wide.
Note that you can fit 4 pickleball courts on a tennis one, but it would not leave you much room on either side of the courts to play at the same time. People usually fit 4 courts in the general area of two tennis courts.
Now, the net is different as well. In pickleball, the net is a bit lower than in tennis. The net in pickleball is at 36” at the ends and 34” in the middle, and in tennis the height of the net at the center is 3 feet.