A wiffle ball, ping-pong paddles and a badminton net, that is what pickleball looks like.
Nobody quite knows why pickleball is called pickleball.
But it's gone viral in the US, with CNN calling it America's unofficial pandemic pastime. Over 1 million Americans have picked up a paddle in the last two years.
The New Yorker asked if pickleball could save America, Ellen DeGeneres ran a segment about her "obsession" with it on her eponymous TV show, Vanity Fair wondered how it had won everyone over, and the Kardashians played it on their own reality show.
Last month, Shanghai's first pickleball court opened in Huanpu District, bringing the new sport to the city.
It's east to start, there's no need to run too much, it spans a wide range of ages, and people from different backgrounds can play.
The non-volley zone, or "kitchen," is what gives pickleball much of its distinctiveness.
It minimizes running, allowing older players to be just as competitive as younger, fitter players and diminishes the role of power so that children can play alongside adults.
Played as doubles or singles, the "kitchen" has a lot of special rules and makes the sport more interesting and fair – it's something that levels the playing field.
Pickleball offers physical exercise, mental exercise, and a mental health boost. It's great to invite friends to play for some weekend fun, and the colorful wiffle balls and smallish court are perfect to snap a few photos.
The sport has already caught on with celebrities in American, and it's attracting influencers in Shanghai.
If you're not great at tennis, ping-pong or badminton, but want to pick up a paddles, try this.
If you go:
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm
Address: 603 Dapu Rd, Huangpu District
Reservation required on the WeChat mini-program "InLove英乐体育."