Pickleball now fourth biggest sport in the USA, rises 52% over the past year in sporting explosion

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Saturday, 02 March 2024 at 01:00
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Pickleball is going from strength to strength in the USA with an impressive rise in participants at different levels. In the recent past, there has been a host of veteran or retired tennis players who joined pickleball including the likes of Sam Querrey and Jack Sock.
As per the latest report, in the USA alone, there has been a 52% rise in people playing pickleball over the last few years.
As per the 2023 Topline Participation Report from the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), roughly about 13.6 million Americans played pickleball in 12 months.
The report stated that the 12 months before that witnessed roughly around 8.9 million Americans playing pickleball. It is widely believed that such an interest in pickleball is largely down to its accessibility and cost-effectiveness.
Earlier, Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard, who is perhaps the most high-profile tennis player who has announced to become part of both pickleball and tennis, expressed optimism in the past that she will be able to get more fans to switch to a newer format.
“Wow, I would love to have accomplished really cool things in pickleball,” she said back then. “I would have loved to help grow the sport. I think if I can bring over some of my fanbase, tennis fans to pickle and even vice versa, pickle to tennis."

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