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Mon., June 30, 2014, 8:45 a.m.

Pickle: Tennis Player Strikes Back

I would like to respond with some facts regarding Richard Corsini’s view of the incident recently between the pickleball players and tennis players. After playing our tennis match, we went into Parks & Recreation to inquire on the guidelines for use of the courts. We were told that the courts are on a first-come, first-serve basis, with no time limit. They may be reserved, for a fee, which they hadn’t been. Therefore, we had every right, based on the Park & Recreation guidelines, to use the court as long as we wanted. My understanding is that the pickleball group stays on the court/courts for four hours. In tennis, 1 1/2 hours is the average time allotted for a doubles match, which we played. To sit out after each game played would be ridiculous/Marilyn Cali, Coeur d'Alene, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: I have no skin in this game. I don't play tennis any more. And I didn't know what pickleball was until I learned that we had a court for it in the new McEuen Park. It seems to me, however, that there are plenty of tennis courts elsewhere in Coeur d'Alene. Maybe the city should simply designate the court at McEuen for pickleball players, if the sport is really that popular. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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