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Michael Bales has been a USPTA Certified Professional 1 Teaching Pro since 1985. Michael was a top 10 junior in the state of Tennessee. Michael went on to play on scholarship at Carson Newman College where he played number 1 singles and number 1 doubles for the majority of his tennis career. All 4 years that Michael played at Carson Newman College, The team was ranked top 10 in the nation in the NAIA division. Upon graduation, Michael taught for Nick Bolletteri for 5 years. He then continued teaching for 15 years at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club in Knoxville. Michael taught for 23 years at Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy and Tennessee Tennis Club and Academy (TTCA) before joining the team at The Pickleball Playground. Michael’s true passion is tennis, but he is also very qualified to teach pickleball and is enjoying diving into that sport more and more.

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Saturday
9 AM - 5 PM
Sunday
9 AM - 5 PM
(865) 407-0656

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Looking for that post-game fuel? ⛽️

Choose snacks that aid in recovery. Foods rich in protein, such as a small portion of lean chicken or a protein smoothie, help repair muscle tissues and replenish energy stores for the next game.

Reminder to sign up for “Battle for the Paddle” coming up March 1st-3rd! Deadline to register is February 26th at 8 PM.

Sign up at www.pickleballbrackets.com. 📆🔗
This is something you don’t want your friends to miss out on! 

From 6:30 to 9 PM this Friday, bring your own beverage (BYOB), indulge in prizes, share laughs with friends, and join the leveled round-robin play. Secure your spot by signing up in the app or visiting the Pickleball Playground office! 🍕🏓

Tag a friend who shouldn’t miss out! 👇
It’s the last chance to sign up for “Battle for the Paddle” coming up in 2 weeks! Deadline to register is February 26th at 8 PM.

Sign up at www.pickleballbrackets.com. 📆🔗
Pickleball and love - the perfect match! 💘 Who needs cupid when you’ve got a paddle?
Our Junior and Home School Academies promise an engaging experience with small class sizes, guaranteeing personalized attention for your children. Over the next six weeks, they’ll embark on a journey of skill-building and friendship within the thrilling world of pickleball. Get ready for some fun and games! ✨

You can enroll your kids through our app at www.thepbplayground.com. Let the pickleball adventures commence! 🏓
🏓 Battle for the Paddle Tournament with the one and only Youtuber Farmer Lanky! 🚜 Save the dates: March 1-3 for intense matches and epic showdowns!

🗓️ March 1 - Singles
🗓️ March 2 - Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles
🗓️ March 3 - Mixed Doubles

🏆 Prizes are no joke! Paddle giveaway for first place teams in each division, sponsored by Farmer Lanky himself. Get ready to bring your A-game and snag those brand new paddles! Sign up at www.pickleballbrackets.com. 📆🔗

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