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Fromuth Pickleball - Our Story


In response to the tennis boom of the 1970s, Fromuth Fine Arts, as it was known at the time for its custom framing and art supplies, started carrying items people were looking for to get into the game: racquets, balls, and strings. Over time, tennis overwhelmed the art shop, and Fromuth Tennis was born. Fromuth Tennis is now rebranded as Fromuth Racquet Sports.

Wholesale distribution is the foundation of our business. On a busy day, UPS trucks are lined up outside our 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse, waiting to load more than 800 packages and deliver them to pro shops, country clubs, and teams across the United States.

In May 2021, we launched, our first direct-to-consumer e-commerce website. For a company like ours that has been committed to the racquet sports industry for more than 40 years, this represented a great new addition to our business model. Our goal is to make a one-stop shop for not just pickleball equipment but for apparel and shoes from globally-recognized brands like adidas, Babolat, FILA, and K-Swiss.


As pickleball continues its climb as one of the fastest growing sports in the world, we recognized the need and demand for a local facility dedicated to pickleball. In June 2021, the West Reading playground in our hometown welcomed players from the tri-county region to a brand new 10-court public pickleball facility. Pat and Meg Shields, owners of Fromuth, gifted the courts to the community through their philanthropic foundation. Since its opening, the courts are consistently filled with players who take part in a variety of pickleball programs including private lessons, clinics, tournaments, and recreational open-play.


“As an old tennis player with a brand-new knee, I’m crazy about pickleball; the nuances of the game, the long points followed by screaming and laughing (I’m on the excitable side), and the social and family benefits. As a fellow pickle player, you know exactly what I mean. And you’d probably agree that pickleball is the perfect sport for our times. My company, Fromuth, has been in the racquet sports business since 1978, selling to teams, clubs and pro shops in every state. We’ve been in pickleball since the beginning, and now we can go direct to you!”
- Pat Shields, Owner of Fromuth Racquet Sports