CHICAGO (CBS) — While you suppose out of doors wintry weather sports activities within the Midwest, you almost certainly suppose extra snowboarding or skiing versus one thing performed on a courtroom.

Neatly, courts within the northern suburbs can be packed this weekend for a large match in a recreation it’s possible you’ll now not know an excessive amount of about.

CBS 2’s Matt Zahn has the tale.

“It’s a pass between tennis and racquetball,” stated Mike Marino, Director of Racquet Sports activities at Valley Lo Membership in Glenview.

“It’s form of like tennis, however a lot nearer, intimate,” stated Mike Rahaley, Director of Racquet Sports activities at Exmoor Nation Membership.

That is platform tennis, or paddle tennis, and most of the best possible gamers can be competing this weekend within the Chicago Charities Grand Prix, probably the most largest occasions within the recreation.

“You get gamers coming in from far and wide the rustic. You get the entire most sensible gamers. You get native gamers as smartly, so it’s simply an enormous match,” stated Marino.

“The group right here at the quarterfinals Saturday evening is 300, 400, 500, 600 other folks deep,” added Rahaley.

Sure, that is an out of doors recreation. In Chicago. Within the wintry weather. However, there are in reality warmers below the courtroom, that means neither rain, nor wind, now not even snow can stay them from enjoying.

“Completely, so long as your courtroom isn’t build up with snow. Many of the warmers paintings smartly. It doesn’t subject how arduous it’s snowing, you’re enjoying,” stated Marino.

“You’re in a position to get out and it could be 20 levels. It sounds loopy nevertheless it relieves cabin fever,” stated Rahaley.

And, the most productive a part of this tournament is that they are going to elevate cash for charity. This years will get advantages the Josselyn Middle, a group psychological well being heart than works on a sliding charge scale.

“Paddle gamers right here in Chicago and across the nation are beneficiant and nice other folks. Greater than fund elevating, it’s pal elevating and getting phrase the out, so it’s going to be an excellent tournament for us and for them,” stated Robin Doerge, Occasions Supervisor at The Josselyn Middle.

The primary occasions for the Chicago Charities Grand Prix can be performed this weekend at Glen View Membership in Golfing, Illinois.

For more info, http://www.platformtennis.org/Tournaments/Tournaments_By_Month/Chicago-Charities.htm



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