Pickleball is picking up steam, and now it seems to bleed into the national airwaves.
Dubbed the ” fastest-growing sport in the United States” according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, the American-based sport is gaining traction with sponsorships and television networks, to ultimately enter the Olympic games, presumably in 2028.
A fusion between Badminton and Tennis, the sport was created in 1965 as a children’s backyard game on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
It has already been featured on several occasions on ESPN, with tours such as the Select Medical Cup (500) and the annual John A. Gullo Tournament of Champions to take place throughout the United States, inspiring other participants from across the globe to take part.
The game is still operating on open invitation, with many fans able to join the sport through ppatour.com. Covered by Yahoo Sports, current players, retirees, and fans who play recreationally in their spare time each chimed in with sentiments emphasizing the easy-going “vacation” vibe that emanates from the sport.
Will something more come from the sport? It is remained to be seen. Until then, it is something that is a tide that the states and the world at large cannot ignore.