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Pickleball Must-Haves Inspired by Melissa, Margaret & Rachel's RHONJ Workout

Does RHONJ have you tempted to pick up pickleball? Shop apparel and equipment inspired by the Season 14 episode.

By Sophy Ziss

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In Season 14, Episode 2 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Margaret Josephs, Melissa Gorga, and Rachel Fuda hit the indoor courts for a few rounds of pickleball lessons. So the next logical step was for us to assemble everything fans might need to start a game of their own.

First, what is pickleball, the buzzy sports trend? The venue's instructors described it as "think ping-pong," or "like tennis, but easy." Marge said that she chose to pick it up as an easy way to stay in shape that won't re-injure the wrist she broke roller skating at Melissa's party in the RHONJ Season 13 premiere, and invited Rachel and Melissa to join her for some light practice.

Eventually, the coaches split the game up into two on one, with Margaret flying solo. Melissa and Rachel emerged victorious, and the three gathered together to catch up on life, discuss some health challenges (like Rachel's continuing struggle with rheumatoid arthritis), and how they felt that Teresa Giudice had made an inappropriate comment about John Fuda's arrest in early adulthood. Also, how Melissa is planning a party at her famous shore house. For an indoor court, the 'Wives covered a lot of ground.

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Margaret Josephs and Rachel Fuda playing pickleball together on a court.

So once the promise of some good post-game gossip has you inspired to play with friends, what do you need? In addition to a group of your favorite people, you'll definitely want to look the part of the pickleball pro. For that, you'll need workout-ready outfits. Cute skirts, sporty socks, sweat-wicking athleisure dresses, and other generally adorable and Instagrammable looks that are conveniently designed to help you perform your best. You'll even be able to keep the sun out of your eyes (and keep your eye on the ball!) with a few visors. 

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Of course, you'll probably also want super chic pickleball paddles, as well as bags meant to transport them in. When you're playing a game, it's important to stay hydrated, so a water bottle is always a good idea. Especially if it's a Bravo-themed one, but that isn't required.

Shop pickleball equipment

Now you have everything you need to rock the pickleball courts with Jersey Girl style.

New episodes of RHONJ air Sundays at 8/7c on Bravo. Catch up the next day on Peacock.

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