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Pickleball is a racket sport combining elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.[0] A game is…

Pickleball is a racket sport combining elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis.[0] A game is played on a court with dimensions similar to a badminton court, using a perforated plastic ball and paddles that are roughly double the size of table tennis paddles.[1] The sport has seen a rapid increase in popularity in recent years due to its easy learning curve, fast pace, social appeal, and appeal to all ages and physical abilities.[0]

[2] The 2021 figure is 12.8% higher than that of 2020, after experiencing a 21.3% increase in the year prior.[3] [3]

This growth has prompted the launch of Ace Pickleball Club, the first franchise to offer technology-enabled indoor pickleball courts with monthly memberships.[4] The company's first unit, a corporate-owned venue, is set to open in Roswell, Georgia in early 2023.[4] The venue will be about 36,000 square feet with 14 indoor regulation size courts, and each court will have technology to allow for livestreaming and instant replay.[4]

The sport of pickleball has also breathed new life into public sports facilities, as clubs have helped raise money to renovate or upgrade parks.[1] The game is also being played in a variety of places, from designated facilities and sports centers, to churches and other indoor facilities, to riverside pickleball courts.

Beyond the physical benefits, recent studies have found that regular pickleball playing can also improve mental health. A study of 15 middle-aged and older adults found that regular pickleball playing resulted in improved blood pressure and cardiorespiratory fitness, and also had a “fun factor” that helped reduce depression.

Major League Pickleball is also coming to St. Louis, with Ross Chaifetz – son of the team’s owner Richard Chaifetz – involved in team management. Meanwhile, dual-use courts have been created at Hall Park, where four pickleball courts can fit on one entire tennis court.[5]

0. “Health Benefits of Pickleball: Research Shows Improved Fitness …” www.onfocus.news, 25 Jan. 2023, https://www.onfocus.news/health-benefits-of-pickleball-research-shows-improved-fitness-lowers-risk-of-depression/

1. “Pickleball is Growing in Myrtle Beach MyrtleBeachSC News” myrtlebeachsc.com, 25 Jan. 2023, https://myrtlebeachsc.com/pickleball-is-growing-in-myrtle-beach/

2. “Major League Pickleball expands to St. Louis” www.stlmag.com, 25 Jan. 2023, https://www.stlmag.com/news/sports/major-league-pickleball-expands-st-louis-chaifetz-owner/

3. “Pickleball Is Picking Up: Instructors Say It's Healthy for Both Mind …” www.jewishtimes.com, 25 Jan. 2023, https://www.jewishtimes.com/pickleball-is-picking-up-instructors-say-its-healthy-for-both-mind-and-body/

4. “Ace Pickleball Club to Debut First Indoor Pickleball Franchise …” www.franchisetimes.com, 25 Jan. 2023, https://www.franchisetimes.com/franchise_news/ace-pickleball-club-to-debut-first-indoor-pickleball-franchise/article_0685ad26-98f5-11ed-9e5c-57770fdf47c9.html

5. “Pickleball pilot program sparks excitement in Milpitas | The Milpitas …” milpitasbeat.com, 25 Jan. 2023, https://milpitasbeat.com/pickleball-pilot-program-sparks-excitement-in-milpitas/