Professional pickleball tournament this weekend in Frisco to attract thousands of people


Celebrities, hundreds of professional pickleball players and thousands of spectators will soon descend on the Frisco Lifespan club for the Professional Pickleball Association tour.

The event begins with a celebrity tournament at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 13 at 4900 Throne Hall Drive. Celebrities competing include Tony Romo, Scottie Scheffler, Dirk Nowitzki, John Isner and Jordan Spieth, according to Life Time.

Professional players will kick off Friday morning, vying for $120,000 in prize money over three days of play, which will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel. The event continues through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

“Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis and is the fastest growing sport in America,” Life Time spokesman Dan DeBaun wrote in an email. “It’s a favorite pastime of celebrities and notables and is known to be easy to learn and incredibly addictive to play.”

The sport’s top pros come from all over the world, including Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Slovenia, Russia, Slovakia, France, Germany, Israel and of the Czech Republic.

Capitalizing on the pickleball craze with the backing of Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon, a one-stop-shop website was recently launched with the goal of uniting everyone from beginners to pros. Pickleball.com will help casual players choose a paddle or find a local court, while providing more serious fans with live coverage from the Professional Pickleball Association.

In Southlake over the summer, City Council approved a site plan for a $3.4 million pickleball complex that will include eight courts, a championship field with bleachers, shade structures, lighting and fencing.

Lifetime McKinney at Craig Ranchlocated near the PGA TPC Craig Ranch golf course and just a few miles from Life Time’s Plano and Allen locations, will open with 12 lighted pickleball courts.

The PPA Tour will host 30,000 players and award more than $3 million in prizes in 2022. The events feature DJ entertainment and music, celebrity pro-ams, meet and greets, glow-in-the-dark pickleball, food trucks, vendors and VIP Experiences.

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