Horizon Sports & Experiences (HS&E) recently announced the inaugural Pickleball Slam in which tennis legends Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, John McEnroe and Andy Roddick will compete for a $1 million prize purse.
The event, created by HS&E and InsideOut Sports & Entertainment (ISE), will be held Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Hollywood, Fla., and will be broadcast live on ESPN at 12:00 pm EST.
The Pickleball Slam also features an amateur challenge, played March 31-April 1, with 96 doubles teams vying for a $10,000 team prize and a chance to compete against two of the tennis legends prior to the April 2 televised event.
“We look forward to bringing together four of America’s most iconic tennis legends for this groundbreaking competition, which heralds a new milestone for the fastest growing sport in America,” said David Levy, co-CEO of Horizon Sports and Experiences.
The Slam organizers have joined in a multi-year, five-event partnership with Hard Rock, as pickleball continues to gain popularity with more than 4.8 million than active players across the U.S. There are approximately 25 million active players in more than 90 countries around the world.
“Pickleball is nothing short of a cultural phenomenon — experiencing a meteoric rise across genders, age groups, geographies, and income levels,” Levy said.