Saturday, September 14, 2013

Voila le Pickleball

Voila le Pickleball!!!   USAPA 2013 August newsletter.  Submitted by Arlene Knudsen:
When Ken and Mimi Knudsen moved to France last year, they took clothes, photographs, books and their pickleball paddles. As Ken’s mother, I had introduced the couple to the game of pickleball and supplied the basic equipment. “One of the first things we did when we got to Lauzun was to join the tennis club,” Ken said. “Since we live just a short walk from the courts, we can play pickleball whenever there was a break in the rain.”

In addition to two outdoor courts, Lauzun Tennis Club members can use an indoor court in the Salle de Fêtes, but it must be scheduled through the village town hall, with consideration to the other groups that use the building. The courts are marked, but Ken usually adds a kitchen line with masking tape.
It wasn’t long before Ken and Mimi’s new friends, both French and British, joined in the game. “Some of our friends had played tennis or badminton before, but others had never picked up a racket or paddle,” Mimi said. “It’s amazing how quickly everyone caught on. I usually end up being the weakest player, but I  keep trying because pickleball is so fun.”

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