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S10 Episode 01: Chicago Pickleball Open

Ken Herrmann, executive director of Chicago Metro Pickleball, talks about the first Chicago-area pickleball tournament coming July 16-21 to Naperville and why pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the nation.

This episode is part of Series 10: Pickleball in the Parks.  For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series visit  Please help us make the podcast even better by taking our quick (2-5 min.) survey here. It's open through November 15, 2019. We appreciate your help!


Players try out the Naperville Park District's first dedicated pickleball courts at Nike Sorts Complex at the grand opening in October 2018.

Quote from the episode:

“In the different age divisions we have different levels of play, from level 3.0 (amateur) up to the professionals. We are thrilled to have the number one and number two male professional pickleball players coming to play in our singles tournament.” – Ken Herrmann

For more information:

To register for the Chicago Pickleball Open:

For more information about Chicago Metro Pickleball, visit

At 6:00 p.m. on Wed., July 17, an Introduction to Pickleball session will take place at the Nike Sports Complex pickleball courts. Everyone is welcome to participate. Paddles and balls will be provided. Then, immediately following the class, there will be a pro exhibition match at 7:00 p.m., also open to everyone to watch.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun of the Dunk the Pro challenge and fundraiser, running July 18-21. Proceeds from the challenge will go towards purchasing pickleball equipment for the local schools.

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