Orange County

Fresh squeeze on sports: New pickleball team comes to Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — A new sports team is coming to Orlando.


Major League Pickleball announced Thursday that the Orlando Squeeze will be a new franchise for the 2023 season.

According to a release, there are more than five million pickleball fans around the country.

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Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of ping-pong, badminton and tennis, according to

Ryan DeVos owns the Orlando Squeeze and is also the vice president of the Orlando Magic.

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He said this will be a good opportunity for the sport to grow.

“Orlando is a tremendous sports town,” DeVos said. “As our family has seen over its 30-plus years of stewardship with the Orlando Magic franchise, fans here love their teams and I’m excited to see the Squeeze added to that mix.”

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