What is Pickleball? Here’s everything you need to know about the fastest growing sport in the United States

In recent years, pickleball has emerged as the fastest growing sport in the United States. Not only the sports arena, but also pickleball has taken social media and Hollywood by storm. Notably, gaming has grown an average of 11.5% over the past five years. It had 4.8 million players in the United States in 2021. Covid-induced lockdowns boosted the game’s popularity as people, especially professional athletes and celebrities, sought out outdoor activities during the pandemic.

Several celebrities, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Leonardo DiCaprio, the Kardashians, George and Amal Clooney, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and Ellen DeGeneres, have already confessed to their pickleball obsession. However, gaming is not just a casual hobby. Instead, it has emerged as a cash cow in recent years, with celebrities like LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kevin Durant becoming professional pickleball club owners. Interestingly, Major League Pickleball, founded in 2021, has plans to expand its roster of teams to 16. It currently features 12 teams.

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Pickleball is a paddle sport that combines elements of table tennis, badminton and tennis. The game has its own terminology, including words like “flapjack”, “falafel” and “dink”. It also comes with a set of rules to keep the competitive spirit intact. Pickleball can be played in singles and doubles, where players take turns serving and scoring.

Frequent questions:

  1. What is Pickleball?
    Pickleball is a paddle sport. It is also the fastest growing sport in the United States.
  2. How many pickleball players are there in the United States?
    In 2021, the United States had 4.8 million pickleball players.

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