Recently, Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi and Michael Chang stepped onto a smaller court than usual to offer an unprecedented display of mastery. The four legends faced off in the inaugural Pickleball Slam, an action-packed sporting event with a $1million purse held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
For some, it may seem like the sport has rocketed to popularity out of nowhere. In truth, pickleball has been slowly gaining popularity for over a decade. Recently, however, the sport hit a tipping point and became the fastest growing sport in America.
In a NewsNation article, Roddick is quoted as saying, "As I'm walking through the (pickleball) rules, I saw they took away my youth with (limited) movement, and they took away my serve with having to serve underhand." But those aren't the only differences between pickleball and tennis.
The Pickleball Slam was not without its engaging drama as McEnroe had a comical meltdown over Agassi's complaint that he wasn't ready for the winning serve. At the end of the event, however, Agassi and Roddick bested McEnroe and Chang in a 3-1 victory.
The singles matches were worth 1 point. In the first match, McEnroe defeated Agassi: 15-13, 16-14. In the second match, Roddick defeated Chang: 15-10, 15-10. The doubles game was worth two points, and Agassi and Roddick defeated McEnroe and Chang: 21-15, 23-21 and 12-10.
If you want to get started playing the sport, there are only three things you need: pickleball paddles, pickleballs and a court. With over 10,000 pickleball courts in the U.S., you should be able to find one relatively nearby, so all you really have to worry about are the paddles and pickleballs.
This is a pro-quality paddle that features vibration-dampening technology and a large sweet spot for exceptional control and precision play. It has a rugged polypropylene core for durability.
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Onix is a leading pickleball paddle manufacturer. This medium-weight option has a carbon fiber frame with a honeycomb core that's suitable for any player, beginner through advanced.
The Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro is a high-end graphite pickleball paddle. It gives you power while offering precision and speed, making it an ideal option for the strategic player.
If you're looking for quality at a reasonable price, this pickleball paddle is a solid option. It provides a balance of power and control that gives the beginner an advantage.
This pickleball set comes with everything you need. You get two fiberglass paddles, two outdoor pickleballs (40 holes), two indoor pickleballs (26 holes) and a carry bag.
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If you're looking for an entry-level option, this set comes with four paddles, four balls and a travel bag. The set comes with a one-year warranty.
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This pack of six pickleballs features smaller holes, giving them a better flight for outdoor courts. They're built tough to retain their shape, even after big smashes.
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