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Published on May 27, 2024
Fort Worth to Host First-Ever Pickleball Tournament at Haws Athletic CenterSource: Google Street View

If you've been looking for a way to get active and mingle, Fort Worth is serving up just the thing with its first-ever pickleball tournament. Come Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m., Haws Athletics Center will be abuzz with the sounds of paddles and plastic balls as locals pair up and face off at 600 Congress St.

With a low barrier to entry that’s charmed beginners and pros alike, this racquet sport is picking up a raucous fanbase. It's not just about the fun—it's a battle of agility and strategy. Whether you've never hit a pickleball or you consider the court your second home, there's room for you in one of the three divisions: beginner, intermediate, and advanced, all in mixed-doubles play, according to the City of Fort Worth.

Feel like a lone wolf in the pack? Fear not. Solo players eager to join the fray can shoot an email to get added to the free agent list—no partner, no problem. All this fun and competition comes at a steal too—the entry fee is just $10 per team for the double-elimination tournament.

If you've been on the fence, consider this your sign to jump in. But act quickly—registration closes May 31. Those interested in serving it up with Fort Worth's finest can get more information by reaching out to Sonya Rodriguez at 817-392-7690. So gamify your exercise, strike up new friendships, and maybe even find a new hobby along the way.