From a back garden knock-about game to America’s fasting growing sport, the rise of pickleball has been inescapable over the last few years. A mash-up of tennis, badminton and ping pong, the racquet sport was invented in 1965 by US Congressman Joel Pritchard and his friend Bill Bell during a summer vacation on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The name pickleball – one of its most intriguing features – was apparently a reference to the leftover group of non-starters that traditionally formed the ‘pickle boat’ in rowing races.
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