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Pickleball is a sport that's becoming popular worldwide and no, it has nothing to do with pickles

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There are many who might associate the sport of pickleball together with shuffle board, or the name might make you very hungry.

Pickleball, however, is a fast growing raquet sport across the world. There was further proof of that growing popularity at Ballenisles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida this week, where 22 year old pickleball star Kyle Yates put on a clinic for pickleball enthusiasts.

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"It's like a badminton sized sport. You have ping pong like paddles, and you can incorporate some tennis strokes. So I think it's the mesh of racket sports that makes it really cool."
Kyle Yates

The Florida native is the 2016 US Open Pickleball champion, and the # 1 ranked pickleball player in the World. "I started back when it was so small, and we had to chalk lines on a tennis court," recalls Yates. "So to see all the clubs, and people taking it more seriously, it's kind of a privilege for me to help grow the sport."

The 22 year old Yates hopes pickleball will one day be an Olympic Sport, and that he can participate either as a player or a coach.

Pickleball was invented in the mid 1960s as a children's backyard pastime but has become one of America's most popular growing sports among all ages.

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It combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffleball, over a net.

Our affiliate CBS12 in West Palm Beach, Florida contributed to this story.

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