I was able to watch some behind the scenes footage from the Paddle Battle held in Austin, TX during the SXSW festival in February. For those who didn’t hear about it, it was Team (Andre) Agassi v. Team (Andy) Roddick playing Pickleball to raise money for their foundations.
There were some professional Pickleball players, tennis players as well as Gary Vaynerchuk, an entrepreneur who played. Below is a short conversation that Gary, Andre, Andy and a couple others had before their match.
Gary: You’ve never played this?
Andy: I played it once. Like, two years ago.
Gary: Andre, you’ve never played this?
Tennis player: You?
Ryan (friend of Gary’s): I’ve never heard of this sport before now.
Tennis player: It’s massive
Gary: It’s exploding
We always talk about how popular Pickleball is, but it’s interesting to hear people that have never played before say “It’s massive” or “It’s exploding”.
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Have a great day on the court,
© Quick Pickle 2018
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