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Panel Moderated by The Dink Highlights First Ever RacquetX Conference in Miami This Weekend

by Jason Flamm on

Tennis, pickleball, and padel players walk into a room … this isn’t the beginning of a joke.

Instead, it’s the first-ever event bringing all racquet sports together under one roof – one big roof. The event is RacquetX, which is happening at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida, from March 24th-26th. 

Over 2,000 attendees, 100-plus companies, and 150-plus leading speakers are expected to meet over three days to discuss all things squash, pop tennis, padel, pickleball, tennis, badminton, table tennis, racquetball, and more. 

The event promises to be a "world-class festival of thought, connection, and experiential learning."

One of the highlights of the event will be a panel discussion featuring The Dink's Thomas Shields, who will run point on what is sure to be an enlightening conversation about the state of pickleball. For the first time ever, key figures from each of the sport's major organizations will participate in a wide-ranging discussion about all aspects of the sport.

  • Thomas Shields, Founder of The Dink - Moderator
  • Tom Webb, Chief Marketing Officer, APP
  • Bryce Morgan, Chief Marketing Officer, PPA
  • Anne Worcester, Strategic Advisor and Board Member, Major League Pickleball
  • Mike Nealy, CEO, USA Pickleball

The discussion will take place Sunday at 10:30 am ET to kick off what's sure to be a great three days in Miami.

Event Details

The event will offer a little something for everyone and promises to be an all-inclusive opportunity to learn more about pickleball over the course of three days.

Here are some more details about RacquetX:

  • Global experts share insights into topics and trends to improve gameplay and the racquet sports ecosystem – trends, racquet sports 2025, and what you need to do to compete in business.
  • You’ll discover a curated showcase with the latest racquet products and services. Plus, you can play your favorite sport on-site with the pros on nine indoor courts.
  • VIP deals on hotels and tickets to the Miami Open and APP tournament enable you to spend an entire week of play and enjoy the best of Miami.
  • The event will offer unique and powerful content, celebrity influencers, and the opportunity to learn and to promote your brand year-round.

Event Hours

Sunday, March 24

  • Mainstage Sessions Begin 9:00 AM 
  • Showfloor 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • APP's Chase Miami Pickleball Open runs all day in Hall C

Monday, March 25

  • Mainstage Sessions Begin 8:00 AM 
  • Showfloor 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • RacquetX Night at the Miami Open Tennis Tournament (Doors Open at 5:00 PM; Session Starts at 7:00 PM)

Tuesday, March 26

  • Mainstage Sessions 8:00 AM
  • Showfloor 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Check out the full agenda for all three days.

RacquetX Speakers

In addition to the moderated panel on Sunday, attendees can expect to hear from some major players and experts in each sport, including:

  • Former USTA CEO Katrina Adams
  • Padel School’s Marcos Del Pilar
  • Jorge Barragan, CEO and Co-Founder of The Picklr
  • Pro Pickleball Player (and recent PPA double gold medalist) Andrei Daescu
  • As mentioned, a first-of-its-kind panel moderated by The Dink's Thomas Shields

See the full list on the RacquetX site.

Fans interested in learning more about RacquetX or buying tickets should visit their site.

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