This April, tennis greats John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Michael Chang will return to the courts to compete for a $1 million prize, but they’ll be playing a new sport this time.
The Inaugural Pickleball Slam will take place on April 2 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, according to the event’s organisers, Horizon Sports and Experiences. The tennis legends will be trading in their rackets for paddles.
David Levy, co-CEO of Horizon Sports and Experiences, stated, “We look forward to bringing together four of America’s most iconic tennis superstars for this historic competition, which announces a new milestone for the fastest growing sport in America.
With more than 4.8 million active players nationwide, pickleball continues to grow in popularity, and the Slam organisers have partnered with Hard Rock for a multi-year, five-event deal.
Pickleball is exploding in popularity across genders, age ranges, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels, according to Levy.
Two singles matches between legends—Roddick versus Chang and McEnroe versus Agassi—will be played throughout the tournament. The distribution of the $1 million prize will then be decided by the results of the final doubles match between McEnroe and Chang and Roddick and Agassi.
Each former tennis player has an amazing resume, so the battle is expected to be strong. Agassi has won eight Grand Slam titles, while McEnroe has won seven of them. Roddick, who once won a Grand Slam, was rated number one in the world, and Chang, who won the 1989 French Open at the age of just 17, became the youngest man ever to win a major tennis tournament.
On March 31 and April 1, amateur pickleball players who are participating in the Slam will have the chance to engage in a challenge. Prior to their broadcast matches on April 2, up to 96 doubles teams will fight for a $10,000 prize and the opportunity to play against two tennis greats in a first-come, first-served format.