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Pickleball professionals teach a camp in Louisville

Instructors who work with professional pickleball player Simone Jardim are running a camp at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

Two people playing pickleball on a pickleball court.

Professional pickleball player Simone Jardin plays at a camp in Florida.

Photo by Janet Hayden

The pickleball craze continues as a group of Louisvillian ladies bring international pickleball pros to E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.

Janet Hayden and her three teammates — dubbed K4, as in the four Kentuckians — got the idea to create Bourbon City Pickleball Camp after attending a pickleball camp in Florida run by professional player Simone Jardim.

“She’s one of the top five players in the world,” Janet said. She added that the instructors leading the Louisville camp work with both Simone and Ben Johns, who is currently ranked the No. 1 international male pickleball player.

Though the camp is full, the public is welcome to watch all the pickleball action from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18 on courts 4, 5, 12, and 13.

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