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May 2019


New Program Aims to Grow Pickleball & Tennis

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A new program aiming to grow both pickleball and tennis has been announced by Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). The brainchild of PTR/PPR CEO Dan Santorum, PickTEN gives clubs a resource for attracting new players to their facilities through a fun, social and engaging program.

"After seeing how easy it is to learn how to play pickleball, the concept of a program designed to effectively introduce two great sports was a no-brainer," Santorum said. "From there PTR COO Brian Parkkonen took the PickTEN idea and put together an effective 10-session program."

PickTEN creates an environment that allows players to learn two sports by using pickleball as an introduction of basic skills, such as striking and tracking the ball, and tennis to further develop those skills. PickTEN provides clubs and facilities a new tool to grow both tennis and pickleball participation, as well as provide an additional revenue stream.

"Since pickleball is an easy sport to learn and builds confidence and hand-eye coordination," said Nicole Hobson, PPR member services manager, it makes the perfect gateway to learn other racquet sports, especially tennis."

PickTEN debuted in February, and will be part of the PPR Organizational membership.

For more information, visit www.pprpickleball.org.