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Celebrity Pickleball Tournament at 2023 Nationals to Feature Icons from Across Sports World

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Sports icons Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Romo, Jason Kidd, Tyler Seguin and John Isner will join some of the PPA Tour's top talent in a celebrity pickleball tournament during the 2023 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships.

The Celebrity Pickleball Showdown will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 7 at Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, kicking off professional-level play at the event.

In case you're unfamiliar with some of these names...

Dirk Nowitzki

  • Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2023
  • Played 21 seasons with the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and won a title in 2011
  • 14-time NBA All-Star
  • Named the League MVP in 2007

Tony Romo

  • Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback
  • 14-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys
  • Currently serves as the lead color analyst for CBS Sports

Jason Kidd

  • 10-time NBA All-Star
  • Head coach of the Mavericks
  • Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018
  • 8 of his 19 seasons as a player for Dallas, helping the Mavericks win a championship in 2011 alongside Nowitzki

Tyler Seguin

  • A 14-year NHL veteran with over 900 games experience
  • Forward and alternate captain with the Dallas Stars
  • Six-time All-Star helped the Boston Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011

John Isner

  • 16-time singles champion on the ATP Tour
  • Reached a career-high ranking of No. 8 in the world
  • Semi-finalist at Wimbledon in 2018

Tickets for the Celebrity Pickleball Showdown are available here.

2023 Nationals highlights

If a celebrity pickleball tournament wasn't enough, Nationals has other big plans for this year's event.

Those include:

  • A Guinness World Record attempt for Largest Pickleball match
  • Dozens of musical acts including American Idol winner Phillip Phillps and local sensations Le Freak
  • Beer gardens, music venues, culinary immersions, tasting rooms, interactive games, kid-friendly activities
  • Customizable merchandise, premium viewing platforms
  • “Pickleball Boulevard” at Nationals to create the world’s biggest pickleball party, according to a PPA announcement

Related: Nationals Is Moving to Dallas, USAP & PPA Announce Partnership

Over 3,500 amateur and professional players will compete at Nationals on 65-plus courts for the biggest prize purse in the event's history.

Over 20,000 attendees are expected to spectate the event.

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