US OPEN Pickleball Championships Return to Naples

Fourth Annual Event Hosts Over Two Thousand Athletes
NOTE: See links below for Video B-Roll and Photos

Naples, Fla. (April 25, 2019)– The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships<> returns to East Naples Community Park from April 27 through May 4 with a field of 2,161 players from 46 states and 15 countries. The field is a mixture of pickleball pro and amateur players. The oldest registered player is 86 and the youngest is 10.

Several well-known personalities from the world of sports are registered to play in this year’s tournament. They are golf coach Hank Haney, best-known for coaching Tiger Woods early in his career, and Rich Cho of the NBA. He was recently named V.P. of basketball strategy for the Memphis Grizzlies and previously served seven seasons as the General Manager of the Charlotte Hornets.

CBS Sports Network will film the Pro Finals on Saturday, May 4 for coverage that airs May 24 at 7 p.m. Thanks to returning title sponsor Minto and its growing list of Latitude Margaritaville retirement communities, SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville will broadcast live from the event on May 4.

Minto hosts its annual Margaritaville Party in the Park event on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music, food, and free admission for the public watch pickleball pro players warming up through the day on the Zing Zang Championship Court.

Tickets for Championship Court matches are sold out, but all other matches throughout the tournament can be viewed for free on the park’s many pickleball courts. Spectators can also visit for free daily to enjoy the vendor village and free live music and party atmosphere every afternoon.

The event is sponsored in part by the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB), which views the tournament as a proven economic driver for the area.

“Having this event in Naples has made us the “Pickleball Capital of the World,” said Jack Wert, executive director of the CVB. “Last year’s event attracted over 2,000 players and 10,000 spectators and more are coming this year. The media exposure on CBS Sports Network and Radio Margaritaville will show Florida’s Paradise Coast as a great place to visit to huge audiences.”

East Naples Community Park, host site for the event, has 58 total pickleball courts with 54 of those configured for use in the tournament, plus the Zing Zang Championship Court where high-visibility matches are played. All courts were recently upgraded by Collier County Parks and Recreation and are ready to host the highest level of play.

For details on the daily schedule of tournament events and the afternoon entertainment schedule visit<>


Media Resources:

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Pickleball Press: Issued daily during tournament with highlighted stories, photos from previous day:<>

Media Contacts:

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Jack Wert,<>, 239-252-2402 US OPEN Pickleball Championships Terri Graham,<>, 239-777-2969



Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville Wins Sports Tourism Award

NAPLES, Fla., March 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville, a world-class, international competition, return to East Naples Community Park in Naples, Florida, has been named a Champion of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism by Sports Destination Management Magazine.

Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, honors top-earning sports events each year. Tournaments create an economic ‘win’ for the cities hosting them by increasing business in hotels, shops, restaurants and attractions, by generating sales of products relating to the tournament, and by growing awareness of communities as sports and vacation destinations.

The 2018 Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships Powered by Margaritaville had a total economic impact of $4,500,000, creating an economic boon for Collier County. It additionally generated 9,429 room nights, making it one of the year’s top earners, and brought in approximately 11,000 spectators and 2200 participants.

The event, sponsored by the Minto Communities, additionally brings in visitors who are interested in relocating to the Naples, Florida, area. The company offers new homes on the Isles of Collier, many of which are adjacent to the East Naples Community Park. Minto Homes also has eight private pickleball courts for residents’ use. They also have created the #1 over 55 community with Latitude Margaritaville properties in Daytona Beach, Hilton Head, and more to be announced.

All winners of awards were recognized in a special feature in Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on the winners listed below can also be found online along with a special feature on economic impact.

Read Now: Article on Winners

Read Now: Article on Economic Impact and Trends in Sports Tourism

The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships have been exceeding organizers’ expectations ever since the inaugural event. The event has continued to surpass its own records each year, and this year, will see more than 2,200 athletes coming from 48 states and 16 countries.

This year’s event sold out in all registration categories in only three hours, something no other racquet or paddle sport – and few other sports of any kind – can claim.

“We are really honored to have been recognized as one of the 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism,” stated Terri Graham, the event’s founder. “Each year, the tournament has grown, drawing an increasingly competitive field. We are also pleased at the way our expo has been growing each year.”

The upcoming event, to be held April 27-May 4, 2019, has already sold out and is on track to be another economic success, says Graham.

Background Information:
Minto US OPEN PickleballChampionships: The Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships is organized by Spirit Promotions, LLC, a company formed by Terri Graham, president, and Chris Evon, executive director, in 2015.
Information on the Minto US OPEN Pickleball Championships is available on the event’s website,, where visitors can also sign up for e-mail updates about the tournament. For sponsor or other information, e-mail Terri Graham at terri(at)

Making The News in SW Florida Business News

US Open Pickleball and Collier Sports Council make business news in SW Florida

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US OPEN Minto Pickleball Recap and TV Schedule

US OPEN Minto Pickleball Recap and television schedule

Message from US Open organizers

Get your viewing parties organized now for the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships Mixed, Men’s & Women’s Pro Finals
on CBS Sports Network

Mixed Pro Doubles: Friday May 25th 7 pm (est)
Women’s Pro Doubles: Friday June 1st 7 pm (est)
Women’s Pro Doubles: Friday June 1st 8 pm (est)

Watch the Pro’s on the famous Zing Zang Championship Court. The most amazing outdoor pickleball arena in the world!

The exclusive US OPEN Triple Crown Award is given to the Pro and Sr. Pro Players who wins gold in Singles, Men’s or Women’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles.



We would like to thank the over 300 volunteers who did everything from filling water coolers, to welcoming you at the Naples Botanical Garden Welcome Center, to getting the courts ready in record time after rain delays! And everything in between! You couldn’t miss them in their bright green ILOVEPICKLES.ORG T-shirts and their bright smiles!

US Open Pickleball Completes First Day

Lori Lou Waddell, board member of the Collier Sports Council, hands out literature to players and fans.

Naples’ Simone Jardim defeats Lucy Kovalova to take home the title of Women’s Pro singles title 11-2, and 11-1. It was her third US Open title championship in a row.

Ft Myers native Kyle Yates was defeated by Tyson McGuffin in three sets 11-5, 6-11, 11-4. McGuffin is the No. 1 ranked singles player in the world.

It was a sellout crowd with over 1,000 fans in the Zing Zang Championship Court on Sunday.

The champions took home $1,750 each of the tournament’s $46,400 purse.

The Women’s Senior Pro (50 and over) gold medal was won by California tennis pro Cammy MacGregor, while the Senior Pro men’s gold medal was won by Scott Moore from Colorado Springs, Colorado (56), his second in a row.

A full schedule is ahead with over 2,000 registered players.

Pickleball Goes to Vineyards Country Club

Vineyards Country Club celebrated their 30th year anniversary by renovating many of their  fitness facilities, including building these new Pickleball courts. Pickleball is hot in Collier County, The Pickleball Capital of the World!