Tucson is world-famous for its sunny days and abundance of outdoor recreation including Tennis and Pickleball. If you are not yet familiar with the growing and fast-paced action of Pickleball then you are in for a treat when you see your first match. Then you’ll be hooked for life when you play a game and enjoy the fun and great workout.

Tennis courts dot the city at private clubs, public parks, and some Tucson residences feature a private tennis court!  Tucson’s tennis mecca is Reffkin Tennis Center located in the center of the city at the Reid Park/Randolf Recreation Center on Alvernon Road and Broadway Blvd. This public facility features lessons, tournaments, courts for open play, private events, a Pro Shop, and they also host charity events. A whopping 52 local tennis facilities are available for play including dozens of open courts in city parks. Search here for a facility near you.

Pickleball is tennis’s younger cousin and is a growing phenomenon.

Wikipedia’s entry for Pickle Ball describes it succinctly:

Pickleball is a racquet sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis.[1] Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. The sport shares features of other racquet sports, the dimensions and layout of a badminton court, and a net and rules similar to tennis, with a few modifications. (Wikipedia)

The game was invented in the 1960s for children but has recently become increasingly popular with adults and retirees. One big advantage of Pickleball is the size of the court; it is about the size of a doubles badminton court. There is a lot less running than tennis but the pace is fast, and it is fun for players and spectators alike. A lot of active adult communities host thriving Pickleball teams and competitive tournaments. Some host invitational tournaments and communities compete for Pickleball bragging rights. It’s all in the name of good fun and if you are looking to add Pickleball to your active lifestyle, there are many communities where you can indulge your healthy hobby to your heart’s content.

Be sure to ask Karen Kelly to add Tennis and Pickleball to your list of “community must-haves.”

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