MANDALAY BAY IN LAS VEGAS TO HOST THE 2022 BUBLY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY MGM REWARDS IN FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PICKLEBALL PARTNERSHIP
24 of the World’s Top Pros Team Up to Battle it Out for $175,000 in Prize Money;
Live Coverage on the Tennis Channel and ABC
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LAS VEGAS (September 14, 2022) – The world’s best pickleball players will battle for a title and big
stakes Friday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Dec. 18 in the 2022 Bubly Team Championships Presented by MGM
Rewards, a one-of-a-kind pickleball event at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino’s Convention Center.
Four world-class teams will begin competition Friday, Dec. 16, followed by the semifinals on the evening
of Saturday, Dec. 17 on Tennis Channel. The finals will be held Sunday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT
Tickets for the weekend’s festivities are now on sale. To purchase tickets to watch all of the tournament
action or register to compete, visit the event website at teampickleballevent.com. The teams, format
and additional match details will be released in early October.
Top pickleball pros Anna Leigh Waters, Ben Johns, Catherine Parenteau and Riley Newman are a few of
the big names scheduled to play in the event. In addition to the pros, more than 1,000 amateur players are expected to take to the courts while pickleball festival activities will run concurrently during each day’s competition. Fans, amateur players and pros will have the opportunity to interact with all things
Connor Pardoe, Commissioner of the 2022 Bubly Team Championships Presented by MGM Rewards,
said, “Las Vegas is the ultimate location where sports and entertainment converge. We are thrilled to have the first women’s and men’s pro team event at Mandalay Bay. We are always looking for ways to elevate the sport of pickleball, and our partnership with MGM Resorts takes us to a new level.”
“Pickleball has quickly become one of the world’s most competitive and popular sports,” said Lance
Evans, Senior Vice President of Sports and Sponsorships for MGM Resorts International. “The
December event at Mandalay Bay provides us with another opportunity to demonstrate why MGM
Resorts and Las Vegas are the leaders in the sports and entertainment industry.”
Pickleball has seen a meteoric rise both domestically and internationally over the last two years, with the
sport now featuring more than 5 million active U.S. players. A mashup of tennis, badminton and ping
pong, pickleball is easy and fun to play combined with a healthy challenge to master.
Top professional player Lucy Kovalova said, “I cannot wait to play in this team event in the great city of
Las Vegas. I’ll be bringing the energy while I am on the court and be the best cheerleader when my
teammates are playing.”
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from Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; to Borgata in Atlantic City; Beau
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The Professional Pickleball Association is the renowned organization for the sport of pickleball, establishing special events, rankings, and ways to watch the world’s top male and female pickleball players and awarding nearly $3 million in annual prize money. With more than 20 events in 2022 at first-class facilities including Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, The Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the PPA is the premier provider of professional and amateur events. Founded in 2018 and based in Salt Lake City, UT, the PPA is focused on elevating the game across the country and worldwide. For more event information, visit teampickleballevent.com.
About Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is set on 120 lush acres featuring Mandalay Bay Beach, a tropical pool paradise with real sand. The Michelob ULTRA Arena, award-winning restaurants, exhilarating entertainment, unique shopping, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 2-million-square-foot convention center combine to make Mandalay Bay a captivating Las Vegas resort destination. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel offering 424 rooms and suites; and the luxury all-suite Delano Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay is operated by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com, call toll free at (877) 632-7800, or find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Denise Villanueva, PPA
Scott Ghertner / Katharine Sherrer
MGM Resorts International
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Love watching the two of you playing together and apart . I just started playing myself and can not express how much I am in love itch the game, I wish I would of started playing years ago. I’m 63 and feel like I could of beat the pants off you two when I was your age LOL!! Good luck to you both! Sandy siroonian
How will they select the teams?