Is pickleball’s rise a threat to tennis?

Hey everyone….

• If you won the Suicide Pool from Wimbledon, I owe you swag. DM or email me your address.

• We eagerly await the findings of the Zverev investigation. Meanwhile here’s a cautionary tale from golf re: what can happen when a sport lacks a domestic violence policy.

Mailbag

John,

Where do you stand on pickleball? It seems like everyone I know has an opinion. I have my first lesson tomorrow!

Amy F., Boston

• A media rule passed through committee, while no one was looking: no print publication worth its masthead can get out of the summer without an examination of the pickleball craze. Here’s the New Yorker last week. And Sports Illustrated before that. And the NYT. Tennis Magazine, to the horror of many of you, put pickleball on its recent cover. Quick story, Sports Illustrated helped pay my way through law school by giving me off-beat assignments. In 1996 (!) I got a call from my dear editor Myra Gelband, asking if I would go and write about this “new” sport they played in fitness centers in the Pacific Northwest. Behold!

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