Former tennis stars John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Michael Chung are returning to the courts this April to compete for the $1 million prize, but this time they will be playing a different sport.
Tennis legends will trade their rackets for paddles at the inaugural Pickleball Slam on April 2 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Event organizers, Horizon Sports and Experiences, announced.
“We look forward to bringing together four of America’s most iconic tennis legends for this ground-breaking competition that heralds a new milestone for America’s fastest-growing sport,” said David Levy, co-CEO of Horizon Sports and Experiences.
Slam organizers have joined a multi-year five-event partnership with Hard Rock as pickleball continues to gain popularity with more than 4.8 million active players in the US
“Pickleball is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon — it’s experiencing explosive growth across genders, age groups, territories and income levels,” Levy said.
The tournament will feature singles matches between two legends – Roddick – Chung and McEnroe – Agassi. The legends will then play one final doubles match — McEnroe and Chung vs. Roddick and Agassi — to determine the distribution of the $1 million prize.
The competition is likely to be stiff as each former tennis player has quite an impressive track record. McEnroe is a seven-time Grand Slam champion and Agassi is an eight-time Grand Slam champion. Roddick was ranked No. 1 in the world and is a one-time Grand Slam champion, while Chiang became the youngest man in history to win a tennis major when he won the 1989 French Open at the age of just 17.
The helmet will also give amateur players the opportunity to participate in competitions on March 31 and April 1. Up to 96 doubles teams will compete on a first-come, first-served basis for a prize of $10,000 and a chance to play with two tennis legends before their televised match on April 2.
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