Paraguay Pickle Perspective

travlerajm

Talk Tennis Guru
I was talking with a tennis friend here in paraguay today about which sports are popular in the US and which are popular here. She agreed with me that tennis is number two here after fútbol.

Of course pickleball came up. I told her it’s the fastest growing sport in the US, but that as a tennis player I wasn’t a fan.

“What’s pickleball?” she asked?

I pulled up some pictures on the internet of the ball, the paddles, the court, and people playing. I explained the rules. I told her that within 3 years, pickleball would probably arrive down here in paraguay.

She was incredulous. “No! There is no way. It doesn’t look fun. I know my people! They will reject it!”

I told her that when the pickleball folks arrive, they will start trying to take over the public tennis courts.

“No! It won’t be possible. The tennis players at NuGua will not let them. They will fight them to the death with knives before they give up their courts.”
 

Purestriker

Legend
I was talking with a tennis friend here in paraguay today about which sports are popular in the US and which are popular here. She agreed with me that tennis is number two here after fútbol.

Of course pickleball came up. I told her it’s the fastest growing sport in the US, but that as a tennis player I wasn’t a fan.

“What’s pickleball?” she asked?

I pulled up some pictures on the internet of the ball, the paddles, the court, and people playing. I explained the rules. I told her that within 3 years, pickleball would probably arrive down here in paraguay.

She was incredulous. “No! There is no way. It doesn’t look fun. I know my people! They will reject it!”

I told her that when the pickleball folks arrive, they will start trying to take over the public tennis courts.

“No! It won’t be possible. The tennis players at NuGua will not let them. They will fight them to the death with knives before they give up their courts.”
Live by the pickle, die by the sword.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I was talking with a tennis friend here in paraguay today about which sports are popular in the US and which are popular here. She agreed with me that tennis is number two here after fútbol.

Of course pickleball came up. I told her it’s the fastest growing sport in the US, but that as a tennis player I wasn’t a fan.

“What’s pickleball?” she asked?

I pulled up some pictures on the internet of the ball, the paddles, the court, and people playing. I explained the rules. I told her that within 3 years, pickleball would probably arrive down here in paraguay.

She was incredulous. “No! There is no way. It doesn’t look fun. I know my people! They will reject it!”

I told her that when the pickleball folks arrive, they will start trying to take over the public tennis courts.

“No! It won’t be possible. The tennis players at NuGua will not let them. They will fight them to the death with knives before they give up their courts.”

I felt this way in Canada as well, but the PB wave is starting to arrive. If your country has any well heeled old people, PB is a seeming certainty.

But it's certainly a craze in the US, a country that has made a living out of making every thing "convenient." I'm not sure PB will ever get to that level in other countries.

I tell most of my American friends down here in the Desert: There are 3 things I'll never understand about America - gun culture, pickle ball and your politics.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
It's going to happen. PB is more fun to play and the learning curve is steeper to competence. The potential pool of players is much larger and deeper.
 

travlerajm

Talk Tennis Guru
It's going to happen. PB is more fun to play and the learning curve is steeper to competence. The potential pool of players is much larger and deeper.
At the time I started this thread, I made a bet with my friend (that pickleball would arrive within 3 years). I won the bet within 3 months. Like other South Americans enjoying the safety of third-world remoteness, @Sudacafan also assures me that his country of residence is perfectly safe from the threat of pickleball, but Bolivia is surely doomed too.
 
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mikeler

Moderator
It's going to happen. PB is more fun to play and the learning curve is steeper to competence. The potential pool of players is much larger and deeper.

The social aspect is what will fuel even more growth. Businesses will come in and revitalize dead shopping malls and add full service restaurants, pro shops etc. to the indoor pickleball experience that can be enjoyed 365 days a year. I don't see how it stops growing for the next few years. Eventually like everything, it will level off.
 

Bud

Bionic Poster
The social aspect is what will fuel even more growth. Businesses will come in and revitalize dead shopping malls and add full service restaurants, pro shops etc. to the indoor pickleball experience that can be enjoyed 365 days a year. I don't see how it stops growing for the next few years. Eventually like everything, it will level off.
That would be heaven... A 24 hour, air conditioned indoor pickleball facility with 50 permanent courts featuring all levels of singles and doubles plus a workout area, pool, sauna, snack bar, etc.

I'd pay $50 per month for that! *snicker*

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There's a pickleball club in Carlsbad CA that occupies a former Sears mall location. I'll look into joining to try it. I'd like to get some competitive singles match play.
 

mikeler

Moderator
That would be heaven... A 24 hour, air conditioned indoor pickleball facility with 50 permanent courts featuring all levels of singles and doubles plus a workout area, pool, sauna, snack bar, etc.

I'd pay $50 per month for that! *snicker*

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There's a pickleball club in Carlsbad CA that occupies a former Sears mall location. I'll look into joining to try it. I'd like to get some competitive singles match play.

Post some pics, I'm curious to see what a Sears to pickleball conversion looks like. :)
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
At the time I started this thread, I made a bet with my friend (that pickleball would arrive within 3 years). I won the bet within 3 months. Like other South Americans enjoying the safety of third-world remoteness, @Sudacafan also assures me that his country of residence is perfectly safe from the threat of pickleball, but Bolivia is surely doomed too.

Well … @Sudacafan ’s property is surrounded by a moat and armed guards … he doesn’t get out much.
 

ByeByePoly

G.O.A.T.
That would be heaven... A 24 hour, air conditioned indoor pickleball facility with 50 permanent courts featuring all levels of singles and doubles plus a workout area, pool, sauna, snack bar, etc.

I'd pay $50 per month for that! *snicker*

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There's a pickleball club in Carlsbad CA that occupies a former Sears mall location. I'll look into joining to try it. I'd like to get some competitive singles match play.

I play at Lifetime Fitness … Cafe, pools, sauna, all kinds of activities, exercise equipment as far as the eye can see.

In 6 months haven’t gone in the cafe, morning 2 hour open play pickleball 3 times a week, only reason I see 2nd floor of exercise equipment is 3 minutes on treadmill before pickleball (not cause I want to ;) ). Basically if it wasn’t for the Pickleball … I wouldn’t be there. We get plenty of the social part of pickleball because it’s basically the same members (extended pball family:love: ) who show up consistently for open play. It has slowed down some in summer. Not sure if a restaurant/pball would add to our experience … but I would like a 2nd place to play every week.
 
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