Pickleball gains popularity across nation

As the warm weather approaches, some sports enthusiasts

As the warm weather approaches, some sports enthusiasts are taking part in the growing sport of pickleball. (Credit: News 12)

MERRICK - As the warm weather approaches, some sports enthusiasts are taking part in the growing sport of pickleball.

Invented about 50 years ago, pickleball is a mix of three sports, including ping pong, badminton and tennis.

The game is played by hitting plastic balls over a net with ping pong-like paddles on a badminton-sized court.

The game is now played in all 50 states and has a growing fan base of more than 100,000 pickleballers.

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