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Author: Hannah Johns | July 11, 2023

Pickleball Central, the leading distributor of all things pickleball, adds its name to major PPA event in Austin, TX. 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (March 21, 2022) – Pickleball Central becomes the title sponsor for the Austin Open powered by ClubCorp, which grants the pickleball powerhouse all the rights and privileges that accompany this top-tier partnership. Pickleball Central is also the Official Store of the PPA Tour and has a designated retail experience with a curated product selection at every PPA Tour stop in 2022, 2023, and 2024. 

Representing more pickleball manufacturers than any other retailer in the nation, Pickleball Central gives players and spectators access to a whole new world of options. Tournament attendees will be able to demo and purchase equipment from the leading paddle, apparel, accessory, and footwear brands, review products, try on items, and talk to trained representatives about their individual needs. 

The Pickleball Central Austin Open powered by ClubCorp will take place Thursday–Sunday on March 24-27, 2022 at the Elevation Athletic Club and welcome close to 1,000 registered players. More than 3,000 fans will attend on-site with hundreds of thousands more watching the daily coverage streamed online, including the live broadcast of Championship Sunday on FOX Sports. 

In addition to the vendors and fans from all over the country who will be coming out to support the PPA Tour’s inaugural tournament in Austin, the top pros in the world will also be there to compete, including Ben Johns, Anna Leigh Waters, Riley Newman, Catherine Parenteau, Tyson McGuffin, Jessie Irvine, Jay Devilliers, and Lucy Kovalova. The players will vie for more than $130,000 in prize money over the course of the extended weekend.

If PPA Tour fans don’t get a chance to visit the Pickleball Central Superstore on-site, they also have the opportunity to shop all year round online. To browse the latest in all things pickleball, visit www.pickleballcentral.com. To come out to watch all the action at the Pickleball Central Austin Open this coming weekend, visit https://tickets.ppatour.com/events/austin-open.

The Professional Pickleball Association is the professional tour for the sport of pickleball, organizing events and rankings for the top male and female pickleball players in the world and awarding over $2.5 million in annual prize money. With more than 20 events in 2022 at world-class facilities like the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati and the Aviva Center in Toronto, the PPA Tour is the premier provider of professional and amateur events. The league expects to welcome more than a quarter-million fans on-site, as well as garner over half a million in total viewership for each event, thanks to partnerships with broadcasting powerhouses such as FOX Sports, Tennis Channel, CBS Sports, and ESPN+. Founded in 2018 and based in Salt Lake City, Utah, the PPA Tour provides an unparalleled experience for all, inviting players to compete and “play where the pros play,” as well as offering unrivaled venues, food/beverages, live DJ entertainment, VIP experiences, giveaways and games, pro player meet-and-greets, shopping, vendors, and more. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com.

PickleballCentral.com, the pickleball specialty superstore, was started in 2006 by Anna Copley and David Johnson to service the growing sport – as well as Anna’s parents’ pickleball obsession. What started as an entrepreneurial side-business, has grown to be the nation’s largest pickleball retailer and trusted source for all things pickleball-related. Fueled by exceptional customer service and the team’s passion for growing the sport, PickleballCentral.com carries the industry’s top brands with an incredible selection of paddles, nets, balls, shoes, apparel, and pickleball accessories for all player abilities. See for yourself at www.pickleballcentral.com.

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