Tennis & Pickleball
Hitting balls around is more fun in Bend
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Whether you’re looking to train with the pros to get in a shape for a tournament, or play a casual match with friends and family, Bend has state-of-the-art tennis facilities and excellent instructors that are available for clinics or private lessons.
There are eight public courts available on a first-come, first-served basis through Bend Metro Park and Recreation District. Four outdoor tennis courts are nestled among the native conifers in Juniper Park. There are also two courts at Sylvan Park and Summit Park on Awbrey Butte. Bend Metro organizes five weekend tournaments throughout the summer and provides youth tennis lessons during the months of June, July and August.
The courts at Central Oregon Community College are in a gorgeous setting with sweeping mountain views, but if these are full, Bend Senior High School, Summit
High School, and Mountain View High School have public courts.
For those looking to improve their game, a number of private clubs in the area offer instruction for non-members. The Athletic Club of Bend provides lessons, clinics, and drill sessions to non-members who sign up in advance.
Drop into The Racquet Shoppe off Arizona if you are looking for new equipment or need to have your racket restrung. The employees at The Racquet Shoppe
also have a wealth of information about local leagues, tournaments, and clinics.
OK, we’ll admit it sounds like a sport someone made up after too many stops on the Bend Ale Trail. But pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in America.
So what is pickleball?
Played on a small space the size of a badminton court, pickleball uses a low net; just 34-inches at the center. It’s played with a perforated plastic baseball similar to a whiffle ball, and wood or composite paddles. The simplicity of the game makes it easy for beginners of all ages, but it can also be a fast-paced game for competitive athletes.
There are plenty of spots to play pickleball in Bend, Oregon. Courts are popping up at traditional tennis venues like Broken Top, which has converted underused courts to Pickleball venues. The Bend Parks & Recreation District and certain parks have facilities with new courts to accommodate the demand. Check out the Bend Pickleball Club website or follow them on Facebook for a listing of places to play.