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How the PPA Tour Works

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How Many Tournaments Are There and Who Can Register to Play?

The 2024 PPA Tour calendar includes 26 tournaments in 16 different states. Each tournament is categorized as either a Slam (2000), Cup (1500), or Open (1000), with the numbers representing the total number of PPA Points awarded to the 1st-place winners in men’s and women’s pro singles, men’s and women’s pro doubles, and mixed pro doubles.

There are three different professional brackets (also known as “draws”) played at each tournament: Qualifier, Main, and Points Draws. Anyone can register to play in the Pro Qualifier Draw. The winners of the Pro Qualifier Draw will be seeded in the Main Draw and the losers will be seeded in the Points Draw.

You don’t need to be a professional to play on the PPA Tour, however. There are amateur brackets for all ages and skill levels that will be played out alongside the professional brackets each day of a tournament.

Carvana PPA Tour - JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open - Ben Johns
PPA Rankings Presented by Southwest Rapid Rewards

How Do Player Rankings Work?

The PPA Rankings Presented by Southwest Rapid Rewards award professional players points based on their results at PPA Tour tournaments, with the most points being awarded at a Slam (2000). The deeper a player advances at a tournament, the more points they earn.

The PPA Rankings Presented by Southwest Rapid Rewards are updated after each tournament and reflect points earned during the past 52 weeks of play (52 Week) and points earned during the current calendar year (The Race).

At the end of each season, the eight professional players and teams who have compiled the most points will qualify to play in the PPA Finals and compete for the most coveted title in pickleball: PPA World No. 1.

Carvana PPA Tour - JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open - Jay Devilliers
PPA Points

How Are PPA Points Awarded?

PPA Points are awarded for men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles events as follows:

1st Place2nd Place3rd Place4th PlaceQuarterfinalistRound of 16Round of 32Round of 64Bonus Draw 1stBonus Draw 2ndPoints Draw 1st PlacePoints Draw 2nd PlacePoints Draw Entry
PPA 200020001600120080040020010050+100+50502510
PPA 1500150012009006003001507537.5+75+37.540207.5
PPA 100010008006004002001005025+50+2530155
PPA 500500400300200100502512.5+25+12.5157.52.5

PPA Tour Main Draw Process

The following order takes place in determining placement of players into the Main Draw. There are typically 40 spots available in the Main Draw leaving eight TBD spots to be filled by qualifiers. Those not placed in the Main Draw will compete in qualifying brackets for TBD spaces in the Main Draw.

  1. Top 10 Ranking
    • These are the Top 10 PPA Points players over the last 52-week period.
  2. PPA Touring Players
    • PPA Touring players in singles and PPA Touring players playing with other PPA Touring players will be given the next spots
  3. Doubles only: PPA Touring Players playing with a non-PPA Touring Player
  4. Committee Seed (Progressive Draw Only)
    • The committee may select up two 2 Committee Seed to be placed in initial seedings of 13 and 14.
  5. PPA Points determine the rest of the field, if necessary.
    • PPA Points are used to determine any other automatic entries into the Main Draw.

Sorting and seed randomization takes place after 40 spots have been filled. Randomization takes place as follows:

  • 1 – 2: Stay the same
  • 3 – 4: Randomize
  • 5 – 8: Randomize
  • 9 – 12: Randomize
  • 13 – 16: Randomize
  • 17 – 24: Randomize
  • 25 – 32: Randomize
  • 33 – 40: Randomize
  • 41 – 48: Filled via Qualifier

Qualifying Draw Seeding Process

Qualifying players are seeded by the following process:

  1. PPA Touring Players
    • Any PPA Touring player that did not get into the main draw will be seeded first by Points.
  2. PPA Points determine the next seeds.
  3. WPR is used to determine players with no points and players that have the same number of PPA Points.

Progressive Draws vs. Traditional Draws

Both types of draws are formatted and seeded as described above, but play is scheduled out differently. Progressive draws differ from traditional draws in that each day of play is devoted to a round of play (e.g., Wednesday is the round of 32) while traditional draws devote each day of play to a particular division (e.g., Thursday is men’s and women’s singles day).

This scheduling difference means that progression draws require an additional day of play and start on Tuesday, while traditional draws start on Wednesday.

Progression draws are used at Slams and Cups, while traditional draws are used at Opens.

Slams and Cups (progression draw)
Each day includes all five pro divisions
Tuesday: Qualifiers
Wednesday: Round of 32
Thursday: Round of 16
Friday: Quarterfinals
Saturday: Semifinals
Sunday: Finals

Opens (traditional draw)
Each day includes all rounds of play up until the final
Wednesday: Qualifiers
Thursday: Men’s and Women’s Singles
Friday: Mixed Doubles
Saturday: Men’s and Women’s Doubles
Sunday: Finals

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Amateur Players

You Don't Have to Be a Pro to Play the PPA Tour

Whether you play singles or doubles, are new to the sport of pickleball or have been playing for years, the PPA Tour allows you to compete in brackets against players your same age and skill level at the nation’s most prestigious venues and alongside the top professionals in the game. Don’t miss your chance to Play Where the Pros Play™️ and experience the most electrifying professional tour in the sport of pickleball!