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Pickleball set to take over the National Mall

From Sept. 28-30, pickleball courts will be rolled out at the National Mall for the first time ever.

WASHINGTON — Get ready D.C.! Picklers are about to take over the National Mall.

From Sept. 28 to 30, the first-ever National Mall of Pickleball tournament will take place in partnership with the Trust for the National Mall and Humana.

The free, three-day tournament will feature programming including a media showdown, celebrity matches, instructor-led lessons and clinics, and so much more. For a full schedule of events, click here.

Officials say the pickleball tournament is intended to celebrate the benefits of pickleball and America’s seniors, who pioneered this wildly popular, multi-generational sport. In addition, officials hope the National Mall of Pickleball will drive support for the preservation of the National Mall as a space where all are welcome to connect, unite, reflect and recreate.

Court and clinic reservations opened at noon on Thursday. According to the event's website, all courts and clinics sold out in less than 15 minutes. 

Paddles and balls will be available to borrow onsite.

Whether you identify as a pro pickler or newbie, officials say there will be something for all skill levels and ages.

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