Henry Larose plays pickleball during the grand opening of the new Red Deer Pickleball Courts at Motorworks Field on Tuesday afternoon. Photo by SEAN MCINTOSH/Advocate staff

Red Deer Pickleball Open returns for another year

The Red Deer Pickleball Open is set to reach new heights in 2019.

After last year’s big crowd of more than 200 players, organizers are expecting close to 450 by the time the first ball is hit Friday morning at 8 a.m.

That’s due in large part to the new courts that were completed and opened outside St. Joseph High School in the northeast corner of Red Deer.

“It’s quite a big affair. We’re growing pretty rapidly,” said Red Deer Pickleball Club president Terry Hanasyk.

The tournament, which features a variety of skill levels will draw players from all across Western Canada and also into the United States.

“I think there’s five people from the U.S. coming, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta pretty well represented,” Hanasyk added.

Play continues throughout the day Saturday and Sunday, with the potential for a rainout day on Monday. For more information on the tournament, check out www.pickleballtournaments.com/tournamentinfo.pl?tid=2777



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