Hundreds flock to Fort Wayne for regional Pickleball tournament

Two play Pickleball at the Spiece Fieldhouse for the Great Lakes Regional Pickleball Tournament.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) It doesn’t look or sound quite like tennis. It doesn’t look or sound quite like racquet ball. It’s actually Pickleball, a game that combines ping pong and badminton. It’s also one of the fastest growing sports.

Over the weekend, Spiece Fieldhouse filled with 253 Pickle Ball players from 22 states for the Great Lakes Regional Pickleball Tournament.

“Pickleball is growing all over the country. It’s the fasted growing sport for the last 13-years in the United States. The reason, I think, it’s fun and it’s easy to play. And you can get really good at it,” tournament director Mike Fritsch said.

He added that there is a wide range of ages when it comes to Pickleball; Players range from 12-years-old to 90-years-old. He said it’s popular for such a variety because it really only takes about 10 minutes to learn how to play.

The tournament in Fort Wayne is just one of eight regional tournaments nationwide. National Champions were even in the Summit City for the tournament, Fritsch said.

The tournament will be back next year, according to Fritsch. He hopes to continue to grow its presence here.

Fritsch also added that Visit Fort Wayne estimates the tournament brings in thousands of dollars to the community.

For more information on how to play Pickleball, visit the Fort Wayne Pickleball Association’s website.

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