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Want to Play Pickleball in the French Riviera? Have We Got An Experience For You!

by The Dink Media Team on

Imagine lounging on the vibrant coasts of the French Riviera, the laughter of new friends mingling with the backdrop of Mediterranean seas, as you gear up for an epic morning rally on the courts of Nice, France.

This can be your reality, pickleballers.

Pickleball de France is pioneering the premier pickleball travel experience to southern France, in the heart of the French Riviera. Nice has become one of Europe’s pickleball hotbeds thanks to a strong tennis tradition and an active expat community, making it an ideal pickleball destination. Not to mention the perfectly sunny weather year-round.

The Pickleball de France experience awaits, and here are just a few highlights to whet your appetite:

  • World-class pickleball camp led by Andy Rubenstein, Nike’s Director of Pickleball
  • Playing with local French players
  • Authentic French & Italian dining
  • Open air markets
  • Exclusive tours (not open to the general public)
  • Seaside escapades
  • Vineyard and châteaux tours
  • Best of all… new friendships

Want to learn more and register for this once-in-a-lifetime experience? Click here!

Why Join This Trip?

This is no ordinary pickleball trip. We don’t want to ruin the surprises, but we’ll give you a sneak peek of what’s in store. 

Upon arrival, a chauffeured drive whisks you to the iconic Hôtel Beau Rivage, once home to the likes of Henry Matisse and perfectly situated in the vibrant heart of old town Nice.

From there, our curated itinerary marries intense and fun pickleball sessions with the splendor of French culture. Under the guidance of Andy (Head Coach) and Garrett (CEO), mornings transform into a blend of dinking and strategy, with a focus on personalized coaching and doubles strategy to refine your game on the Riviera's balmy courts.

Evenings are reserved for the most captivating excursions in the region. Among other activities, guests will take a private tour of the opulent Monte Carlo Casino (hello, James Bond) and visit the serene vineyards of Château de Bellet in the Provence mountains. From sampling the flavors of the Côte d’Azur on a guided culinary experience to visiting the world-renowned exotic gardens of Éze, participants will get an insider’s eye into what makes the region so enchanting. 

And of course this is your vacation, so you’ll enjoy daily downtime for strolls in vibrant outdoor markets, beach relaxation (did we mention the beach is across the street from your hotel?) and other leisurely Riviera delights which have made the region a global vacation favorite.

To say the least, this itinerary is meticulously crafted to ensure that each moment of your stay is as enriching as it is enjoyable.

Be Part of It

If this sounds like a trip you want to be part of, there’s good news - a handful of spots are still open.

Pickleball de France will take place from May 6 - 11, 2024 in Nice, France. The pickleball program is designed for 8 - 16 players ranging from 3.0 to 4.0 skill levels. Players from around the world (even Australia) are already signed up. For $4,390 (double occupancy) or $4,990 (single), it’s an intimate affair that promises significant skill enhancement and a deep dive into the cultural tapestry of the French Riviera.

Interested? Click here to learn more or secure your spot.

Meet Your Coaches & Guides

Andy Rubenstein will be your head coach. Andy is a US Open gold medalist and the Director of Pickleball for both Nike and the state of Florida, and we’re not even trying to brag about him. 

Now Andy will share his winning tricks and strategies to genuinely improve your game fast. Expect 1:1 attention, strategy talks and video analysis that elevates your doubles play and overall game.

Eric de Willermin, our Director of Travel, is a French native and a leader in the authentic and luxury travel sectors. Eric is your local insider and go-to for anything from finding the best market deals to uncovering the Riviera's hidden gems.

Our CEO and assistant coach, Garrett Weinstein, transitioned from a top-ranked tennis career to pioneering pickleball in Europe. As a Baltimorean now living in Paris, he is living proof that you can indeed mix business with pleasure, especially if it involves pickleball. 

Rest assured, you’ll be spending your holiday in good hands.

So... Looking for a trip that combines your passion for pickleball with the authentic charm of the French Riviera? Click here to learn more or secure your spot.

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