We are Wimbledon, with a Wink!
Pairing style with performance, Short Court is a line of pickleball apparel and equipment for the discerning player. The line honors classic tennis styling adapted for the modern pickleball player. The brand marries classic tennis whites and grass greens with a streamlined style for its line of apparel and equipment that never compromises on quality. Founded by two racquet sport enthusiasts, the line honors a heritage tennis look for the modern player marrying classic whites and grass greens with modern styling and high performance paddles. We are "Wimbledon, with a wink."
Founded by Ned Johnson and Neil Thomson, longtime friends, racquet-sport enthusiasts, and now pickleball fanatics. While facing each other across the tennis net over the years, we learned a lot about the value of camaraderie and fun in competition, all while trying to perfect our two-handed backhands.
Pickleball brings out that same joy and energy for us, but in an even more engaging and social way. Regardless of age or skill, just about anyone can learn to play - and play well. Pickleball courts are everywhere, and there are often cocktails involved...sometimes even in between points. Dinks and drinks, for sure! It's an easy game to love, and we fell hard.
When we looked around for legit pickleball gear, we found the landscape lacking - both in style and performance. Where were the classic details and heritage looks we'd grown up with, hanging out in the tennis hut? We grew up inspired by the iconic styles of tennis legends like René Lacoste, Fred Perry, Rod Laver, Yannick Noah, and Guillermo Vilas. A sport as entertaining and addictive as pickleball deserves its own distinctive, yet cool, sophistication.
So, here we are. SHORT COURT is founded in Charleston, South Carolina, and we aim to outfit the discerning pickleball player, yet allow plenty of room for fun. We are proud of our first paddle line: a USA pickleball-approved model with a textured carbon graphite surface and a versatile mid-weight and thickness. It truly delivers speed, spin, and touch around the court's kitchen.