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Pickleball could help your health

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Pickleball isn't a sport you hear about too often, but Sunday Kennewick held the largest pickleball tournament in the northwest.

65 people from Idaho, California, Arizona and Utah played in the competition.  The sport has been described as a mix of badminton, tennis and racquetball.  One man says it's helped him to become active, fit and healthy.

"It's easy to learn.  It's not nearly as hard on your body as tennis.  You're getting exercise.  You're getting out.  I started counting notches on my belt, and I lost three notches on my belt.  It's good for you," says Steve Judy, has played for six years.

Both men and women played singles, doubles and mixed doubles.  Sunday they started playing at 8am until about 3pm.