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Pickleball has never been more popular than it is today. No one could have predicted that 55 years after the sport was invented by three dads looking to keep their children occupied during the summer months that pickleball would perennially be named the nation’s fastest growing sport. Pickleball grew in 2020 to 4.2 million players in the U.S., for a growth rate of 21.3% compared to the previous year, according to the Sports &...
Kyle Whatnall represents the quintessential young pickleball player the sport is hoping to continue to attract if it wants to continue to be the leader in the competitive racquet and paddle space. The 23-year-old Southern California resident Whatnall played soccer in college and upon graduation two years ago settled into a full-time job with a national sports public relations firm. Seeking a competitive outlet, Whatnall quickly became a...