Weekend Senior Games Pickleball tourney to serve up some great action

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No pickles were harmed in this contentious 2017 Pickleball Tournament.

MANCHESTER, NH — The Executive Health and Sports Center (EHSC) will serve as the local Pickleball center of the universe Friday, July 27 through Sunday, July 29 as the NH Senior Games holds its annual tournament. In all, more than 160 athletes from across New Hampshire, New England and beyond will vie for medals in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

“This Pickleball Tournament is a great community event and we’re pleased to welcome some of the best senior players in the region to our facilities this weekend,” said Justin Benton, President and General Manager, Executive Health and Sports Center.  “We’re also very excited to once again partner with the New Hampshire Senior Games and to support their mission of providing athletic opportunities for active, older adults.  Helping people lead active lifestyles is something we are really committed to as an organization.”

Left to right- Justin Benton (Executive Health and Sports Center), Walt Hooker (Pickleball Tournament Director), Jim Eddinger (NH Senior Games Board Chair) and Josh Benton (Executive Health and Sports Center) Courtesy Photo

According to event organizers, the event is one of the larger Pickleball tournaments ever held in the state and there’s plenty on the line for the athletes 50 years of age and older.  Medal winners automatically qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games to be held in Albuquerque, NM.

“This promises to be a momentous event and we are grateful to the Benton Family and their team of dedicated professionals like Tennis Pro Juan Ortiz for their partnership and support of this tournament,” said Jim Eddinger, Chair of the New Hampshire Senior Games.  “This a great venue and they are wonderful hosts.”

The weekend schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, July 27 @ noon: Singles play
  • Saturday, July 28 @ 8 a.m.: Doubles play
  • Sunday, July 29 @ 8 a.m., Mixed doubles play
2017 NH Senior Games Pickleball action.

Eddinger said the player field includes participants from all six New England states as well Delaware, Florida, Georgia, New York and Tennessee.  Action will take place on 10 courts.

The media are welcome to attend.  Please contact Chris Dugan, NH Senior Games, at (603) 391-4703 or via email at Chris.dugan@nhseniorgames.org.

The Executive Health and Sports Center http://www.ehsc.com/  is located at 1 Highlander Way in Manchester.

The 2018 NH Senior Games are open to female and male athletes, 40 years of age and older.  Medal winners 50 and older automatically qualify for the 2019 National Senior Games in Albuquerque, NM.  Games and events are competed each weekend through Labor Day.  For registration information and a complete schedule, please visit www.nhseniorgames.org