Serving Fun and Fitness: Playing Tennis and Pickleball on Martha's Vineyard

Jen Hawkins O'Hanlon, REALTOR®


Martha's Vineyard, often known for its beautiful beaches, should also be recognized or its recreational treasures. For sports enthusiasts, the island offers a dynamic blend of traditional tennis and the latest sensation, pickleball. In this blog post, we'll not only guide you to the finest courts on the Vineyard but also delve into the pickleball phenomenon sweeping the nation.

Where to Play Tennis and Pickleball on Martha's Vineyard:

  1. Vineyard Family Tennis: Is committed to providing a comfortable, healthy, fun and safe environment for tennis players of all ages to enjoy the sport for a lifetime. With both indoor and outdoor courts, it's a versatile spot to perfect your game and offers discounted programs and camps for year round Island residents.

  2. Farm Neck Tennis: Revered for its golf course, Farm Neck also boasts pristine tennis courts. Enjoy a game surrounded by lush landscapes and stunning vistas and head inside for lunch at the restaurant.

  3. Airport Fitness: A full service fitness center with indoor and outdoor tennis and pickleball, offering lessons and clinics.

  4. Town Courts: In each of the towns there are courts that are open to the public. Niantic Park in Oak Bluffs offers both tennis and pickleball in Oak Bluffs and sign up is required in season. In Edgartown, there is the Robinson Road Recreation Area for tennis with ample parking behind the Edgartown School and no sign up is required. Tisbury upgraded their tennis courts on Church Street and added Pickleball courts on Lake Street in 2023 and offer some great clinics and require players sign up for court time. In West Tisbury, the courts are at the West Tisbury School. The Chilmark Community Center has public tennis courts as well and sign up in season is necessary. 


Pickleball: A National Sensation:

The Rise of Pickleball: Pickleball, often dubbed the fastest-growing sport in America, has taken the nation by storm. This cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong has captivated players of all ages and skill levels. Its adaptable court size, approachable rules, and low-impact nature make it accessible to a wide range of enthusiasts.

Why Pickleball Has Captured Hearts:

  1. Inclusive Appeal: Pickleball's smaller court size and slower pace compared to tennis make it suitable for players of all ages, from children to seniors. Its ease of learning and quick skill development contribute to its universal appeal.

  2. Social and Active: The sport's inherent social aspect fosters connections and camaraderie among players. Pickleball encourages active engagement and healthy competition while keeping players moving and engaged.

  3. Versatility: The sport can be played in singles or doubles format, allowing players to choose the level of intensity they're comfortable with. It's equally enjoyable as a casual pastime or a competitive endeavor.

Martha's Vineyard presents an inviting canvas for both tennis and pickleball enthusiasts. The island's splendid landscapes and welcoming communities set the stage for memorable matches and shared laughter. Whether you're seeking the classic charm of tennis or the invigorating trendiness of pickleball, the Vineyard welcomes you with open arms and racquets at the ready. Embrace the joy of these racquet sports and be part of the sweeping movement that's making waves from coast to coast.


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