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Pickleball, anyone? Paso Robles club holds tourney this weekend

File photo of the Paso Robles Pickleball Club playing at its new courts at Centennial Park in August.
File photo of the Paso Robles Pickleball Club playing at its new courts at Centennial Park in August.

The Paso Robles Pickleball Club will host its first annual pickleball tournament in the North County this weekend, inviting players from several local and regional cities to join in on the tennis-like sport.

Registration to play has closed but the club encourages the public to come watch for free. The games involve 125 total players, with 80 coming from as far away as Simi Valley, Monterey and even Hawaii, organizers said.

Tournament games will start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and last through mid-afternoon at Centennial Park, 600 Nickerson Drive in Paso Robles.

Earlier this year, the Paso Robles Pickleball Club opened San Luis Obispo County's first permanent courts exclusively for pickleball at the park, raising donations to convert an old outdoor roller rink.

The game is played with paddles and a short net and has been described as a fusion of tennis, badminton and ping pong.

For more information, visit the Paso Robles Pickleball Club's website, or contact organizer Jack Hodges at 949-547-2251 or jhodges26@mac.com.

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