Pickleball BC and the Vernon Pickleball Association are excited to announce the first annual BC Provincial Pickleball Championship Tournament which will be held in Vernon. The dates for this inaugural event are May 12 through May 14, 2023.
"Seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady and four-time major tennis champion Kim Clijsters were announced as part of an ownership group for a Major League Pickleball expansion team." Read the full article here.
From an interesting article in The Guardian: "Pickleball courts in Santa Rosa, California, were closed for several days after 'at least six quarts of oil were spilled' on to their surface, the Press Democrat reported. Lying in the oil was a 'profanity-laced note', according to the newspaper, in which the writer threatened to scratch the cars of any pickleball players." Read the full article here.
There's a battle brewing in New York City over playground space being usurped by pickleball players. "Pickleball has exploded in popularity and that’s great. But competition for space at playgrounds has caused tension. Families are angry because pickleball players are drawing their own courts on space used by children." Read the full story here.
According to Front Office Sports, there are 66 new places to play pickleball opening in the U.S. every month! But according to this article from AZ Big Media finding one to play on is not always easy.
"Tennis and pickleball players compete for the same playing courts but they have joined forces in Vancouver to say neither group supports the poaching of public tennis courts to make way for the increasingly popular pickleball." Read the full article in The Province here.
"Pickleball players have to be among the most enthusiastic athletes you’ll find anywhere these days. Their love of the sport can readily be seen in an event such as the Vancouver Island Pickleball Association’s 90-Minute Tournament Sunday at the Fuller Lake Park courts." Read the full article, from Don Bodger, in the Chemainus Valley Courier here.