Chicago Enters Tournament Arena

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Special Edition – Chicago Jumps Into Tournament Arena

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A first-time tournament offering “big-time money” in a fast-growing sport is opening Wednesday in Naperville.

The Chicago Pickleball Open is a professional-level competition offering $25,000 in total prizes to winners who will emerge by Sunday from a field of more than 400 players, tournament Director Ken Herrmann said.

Traveling from across the country, these players 14 and older will compete in five age divisions playing a sport defined as a cross between tennis, badminton and squash.

Pickleball has grown in popularity in recent years, and Naperville Park District has taken notice, building courts dedicated to the sport at Nike Sports Complex.

Herrmann said many of the 250 members of the new nonprofit group Chicago Metro Pickleball, which is hosting the tournament, are used to bringing their own nets and playing on tennis courts where pickleball lines have been added.

“You don’t see a lot of park districts that have actually put in designated pickleball courts like Naperville has,” he said.

So the facilities at Nike Sports Complex, 288 E. Diehl Road, where the tournament will take place, are a step up, Herrmann said. While three other parks in Naperville offer pickleball lines atop tennis courts, Nike park at 288 W. Diehl Road includes four pickleball courts with lights and wind shields.

A first-time tournament offering “big-time money” in a fast-growing sport is opening Wednesday in Naperville.

The Chicago Pickleball Open is a professional-level competition offering $25,000 in total prizes to winners who will emerge by Sunday from a field of more than 400 players, tournament Director Ken Herrmann said.

Pickleball has grown in popularity in recent years, and Naperville Park District has taken notice, building courts dedicated to the sport at Nike Sports Complex.

Herrmann said many of the 250 members of the new nonprofit group Chicago Metro Pickleball, which is hosting the tournament, are used to bringing their own nets and playing on tennis courts where pickleball lines have been added.

“You don’t see a lot of park districts that have actually put in designated pickleball courts like Naperville has,” he said.

So the facilities at Nike Sports Complex, 288 E. Diehl Road, where the tournament will take place, are a step up, Herrmann said. While three other parks in Naperville offer pickleball lines atop tennis courts, Nike park at 288 W. Diehl Road includes four pickleball courts with lights and wind shields.

A first-time tournament offering “big-time money” in a fast-growing sport is opening Wednesday in Naperville.

The Chicago Pickleball Open is a professional-level competition offering $25,000 in total prizes to winners who will emerge by Sunday from a field of more than 400 players, tournament Director Ken Herrmann said.

Traveling from across the country, these players 14 and older will compete in five age divisions playing a sport defined as a cross between tennis, badminton and squash.

Pickleball has grown in popularity in recent years, and Naperville Park District has taken notice, building courts dedicated to the sport at Nike Sports Complex.

Herrmann said many of the 250 members of the new nonprofit group Chicago Metro Pickleball, which is hosting the tournament, are used to bringing their own nets and playing on tennis courts where pickleball lines have been added.

“You don’t see a lot of park districts that have actually put in designated pickleball courts like Naperville has,” he said.

So the facilities at Nike Sports Complex, 288 E. Diehl Road, where the tournament will take place, are a step up, Herrmann said. While three other parks in Naperville offer pickleball lines atop tennis courts, Nike park at 288 W. Diehl Road includes four pickleball courts with lights and wind shields.

Credit   Story by Marie Wilson

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