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rPickleball is coming to Fenway Park this summer! From Tom Brady, to Maren Morris, Kim Kardashian and more, these celebrities are jumping on the pickleball bandwagon. Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America!

What Is Pickleball?

If you’re thinking, “What is pickleball?” you’re not alone. Pickleball is a paddleball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis (think ‘ping-pong’). It is played on a court similar to a doubles badminton court, with a slightly modified tennis net. Instead of the height of a tennis net, it’s a little shorter. Players use a paddle and a plastic ball with holes like a whiffle ball. The entire objective is to hit the ball over the net and land it within the boundaries of the court. Pickleball can be played as singles or doubles.

Does that give you a better understanding of the sport? Pickleball is almost like a mix between ping-pong, whiffle ball and tennis. And it’s SO FUN!

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Why Play Pickleball?

  1. Easy to learn: Pickleball is relatively easy to learn, even for people who have never played a racket sport before. This means that beginners can start having fun right away, without needing to spend a lot of time practicing or developing skills.
  2. Fast-paced: Pickleball is a fast-paced sport that keeps players engaged and on their toes. Points can be won quickly, and the game can change direction in an instant, which adds to the excitement of the sport.
  3. Social: Pickleball is a great way to meet new people and make friends. It’s often played in doubles, which means that players can team up with a partner and socialize while they play.
  4. Suitable for all ages: Pickleball is a sport that can be played by people of all ages, from young children to seniors. This makes it a great activity for families, as well as for people who want to stay active and engaged as they age.
  5. Low-impact: Pickleball is a low-impact sport, which means that it puts less strain on joints and muscles than other racket sports like tennis or badminton. This makes it a great option for people who want to stay active but may have joint or muscle issues.
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Pickleball At Fenway Park

If you love playing pickleball, or you’re just intrigued to watch other people play it, Fenway Park will be hosting a pickleball festival this summer! It’s a part of a Ballpark Festival Series hosted by Pickleball4America.

Sadly, there’s no official date yet, but we do know that a dozen pickleball courts will be set up on the outfield. And we know that it will take place this summer. Courts will be available to rent for open play. And there will be a professional tournament to watch as well. Bring the kids, or a date! Don’t forget your pickleball paddle!

Beautiful Sunset at Fenway Park

Fenway Park will be home to the newest craze- Pickleball!

Celebrities Who Play Or Invest In Pickleball

The following celebrities are connected to pickleball in some way. They either play the sport, they own a team, or they’ve invested in companies that make pickleball products. Check out the surprising celebrities below!

  • Tom Brady

    After retirement from football, Tom Brady has joined an ownership group which has bought an expansion team for the 2023 Major League Pickleball (MLP) season.

  • Maren Morris

    Maren is obsessed with Pickleball and plays on tour with her bandmates. She was even featured in  Pickleball Magazine. Here she is talking about her obsession with the sport on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

  • Leonardo DiCaprio

    According to Vanity Fair, Leo plays pickleball ALL the time!

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  • Steven Colbert

    The television host is also the host of a brand new show on CBS called “Pickled.”

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    Pickled is the first celebrity pickleball tournament to benefit Comic Relief hosted by Stephen Colbert with Commentators, Bill Raftery and Cari Champion Sideline Reporter, John Michael Higgins.

  • Jenna Bush Hager

    Jenna’s family hosted a pickleball tournament and she even got her co-workers on Today to play!

  • Kim Kardashian

    The Kardashians are big fans of pickleball. So much so they recorded a video of the sisters playing pickleball on the episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians.

  • Kim Clijsters

    International Tennis Hall of Famer joined Tom Brady as an owner of a professional pickleball team.

    Kim Clijsters

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  • LeBron James

    LeBron James formed an ownership group and purchased a pickleball team!

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  • Draymond Green

    Draymond Green joins fellow NBA star, Lebron James, as part owner of a pickleball team.

    LeBron James And Draymond Green Part Of Professional Pickleball's Newest Ownership Group

    LeBron James, Draymond Green and Kevin Love are among the newest investors in professional pickleball, as the NBA stars join an increasingly diverse group of team owners that includes Super Bowl-winning quarterback Drew Brees, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, former pro tennis player James Blake, and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry.

  • Kevin Love

    Kevin Love is also part owner of this pickleball team with LeBron James and Draymond Green.

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  • Bill Gates

    The co-founder of Microsoft has been spotted playing pickleball and has reportedly invested in a pickleball court at his home.

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  • George Stephanopoulos

    The journalist and television host is known to be an avid pickleball player and has even covered the sport on his show.

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  • Simone Biles

    The Olympic gymnast has been seen playing pickleball in her free time and has shared photos and videos on social media.

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  • Rob Lowe

    The actor is a big fan of pickleball and has even hosted a celebrity pickleball tournament in his backyard.

    rob lowe

    (Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.)

  • Tony Hawk

    The professional skateboarder has picked up pickleball and has shared videos of himself playing on social media. He’s also invested in a company that makes pickleball paddles.
    Tony Hawk

  • Bobby Flay

    The celebrity chef is also a pickleball enthusiast and has even cooked up some pickleball-inspired dishes on his cooking show. He’s also invested in a new pickleball facility that is set to open in New York City.

    Bobby Flay

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  • Jimmy Fallon

    The late-night talk show host has featured pickleball on his show and has played the sport with celebrity guests.

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  • Mark Cuban

    The billionaire investor and owner of the Dallas Mavericks has invested in a startup that produces pickleball equipment.

    Mark Cuban

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