Pickleball Kingdom plans to open a series of indoor pickleball clubs across Chicago, spearheaded by GTOne Management Group, which is led by industry veterans Abhilash and Rama.

“A pickleball is a whiffle ball, so no ball in any sport is more affected by wind than a pickleball,” said Ace Rodrigues, founder and CEO of Pickleball Kingdom. “And nowhere is it windier than in the ‘Windy City.’ We’re thrilled to have Pickleball Kingdoms in Chicago and the rest of Illinois.”

Recognizing the demand for year-round play, especially in cities like Chicago where the weather can limit outdoor activities, Pickleball Kingdom said its “new indoor facilities are expected to offer a premier destination for both seasoned players and newcomers alike.”

“We’re excited to bring Pickleball Kingdom to Chicago,” said Abhilash, co-leader at GTOne Management Group. “Our vision is to create a community hub where people of all ages and skill levels can come together to enjoy this fantastic sport. Whether you’re picking up a paddle for the first time or you’re a seasoned competitor, our clubs will provide a welcoming, high-quality environment to play and learn.”

Rama added, “Beyond the courts, we’re dedicated to building a vibrant community around pickleball in Chicago. We plan to host tournaments, social events, and outreach programs to introduce more people to the sport and foster a spirit of inclusivity and wellness.”

Rob Streett, COO of Pickleball Kingdom added, “We’ve been wanting to open Chicago for awhile now. But it is imperative to us that we find the right partners, and we found that in the GTOne Management Group. I think they will accomplish big things there.”

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