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The Largest Single Season Prize Pool in Pickleball

by The Dink Media Team on

The PPA Tour crashed through milestones and set new records in 2022. This year they plan to take the game to a new level. The 'Carvana' PPA Tour is now offering the largest prize money purse in a single season.

According to a new press release, the tour will distribute $5.5 million spread across the 25 calendar events. $5.5 million is an 83% increase in payouts from 2022.

The tour will include stops in six new cities including Nashville, Seattle and Boca Raton. Broadcasting for the events will also break new barriers. The list of new broadcast partners includes ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, Tennis Channel, Amazon Prime and Fanduel TV.

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For players, this means the days of scraping by to chase a hobby could be in the past. Provided that you play at the highest level. The tour indicated that on average, PPA touring pros earned $96,000 from tour payouts alone last year. Sheesh.

A growing trend in 2022 was players stepping away from a full-time job to focus on pickleball. The choice seems like a pretty easy one with those kinds of numbers. In 2023 there will be even more cheddar up for grabs.

"With the 2023 season’s prize purse increase, the PPA Tour anticipates average player earnings to increase by 63.9% in 2023."

That means the average player's compensation could be safely into six figures this year. On top of PPA Tour earnings players will have the opportunity to play for more prize money in Major League Pickleball. The first MLP event of 2023 is just around the corner. It starts next week in Mesa.

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For more details see the press release below.

Quick Hits:

  • $5.5 million prize purse; Largest single-season purse in professional pickleball
               - 83.3% payout increase
  • 25 Tour Events; Largest schedule across professional pickleball
              - 25% increase
  • Six new cities including Nashville, Seattle and Boca Raton
  • The Carvana PPA Tour’s 2023 roster will feature more than 60 Touring Pros playing exclusively on the PPA circuit
  • Broadcast partners include: ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, Tennis Channel, Amazon Prime and Fanduel TV
  • Carvana became the PPA's official Tour Title Sponsor starting Jan. 1, 2023; The Tour has been renamed to the “Carvana PPA Tour”

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Carvana PPA Tour Announces 2023 Tour Schedule, Payouts
2023 Carvana PPA Tour to feature the World’s largest prize purse of $5.5 Million, host 25 events including six new markets

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 18, 2023 –The Carvana PPA Tour today announced its 2023 tournament schedule and prize payouts. The 2023 tour will boast the largest professional pickleball single-season prize money purse of $5.5 million and be the first professional tour to host 25 events in a single-season.

The 2023 Carvana PPA Tour schedule consists of 25 professional events, including 15 PPA Tour events, four Majors, three World Pickleball Championship Invitational events and three special events based on qualification. The Tour season started Jan. 12 in Palm Springs, California, with the Hyundai Masters where top-ranked male and female pros, Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters, each claimed the Triple Crown. Spanning across 14 states throughout the year, the PPA Tour will hit six new cities across the United States including Nashville, Seattle, and Boca Raton, Florida.

The Carvana PPA Tour will set a professional pickleball record with an initial player payout floor of $5.5 million, with additional payouts to be determined throughout the season. The $5.5 million is an 83.3% payout increase over the $3 million the organization distributed in 2022. On average in 2022, PPA Touring Pros earned $96,000 from tour payouts alone, with top athletes taking home upwards of $200,000. With the 2023 season’s prize purse increase, the PPA Tour anticipates average player earnings to increase by 63.9% in 2023.

“We are so excited to introduce our 2023 pro roster and payouts as we focus on getting bigger and better each year and solidifying the Carvana PPA Tour as the place for all things pickleball.” said PPA Commissioner and CEO, Connor Pardoe. “This is a huge step for us and is only the beginning for the Tour as we set our sights on larger events, higher prize purses, enhanced player development, and much more. It’s an exciting time for professional pickleball and the ever-evolving landscape.”

The Carvana PPA Tour will feature more than 60 top touring pros playing exclusively on the PPA circuit. The Tour has 24 top-ranked players from 2022 returning, including the No.1 male and female players, Johns and Waters. The 2023 PPA Tour roster has been strengthened with the addition of 37 top professional players, including Anna Bright, Vivienne David, Dekel Bar, Zane Navratil, and many more.

The PPA Tour is the only pickleball entity that has national broadcast rights for its tour stops across a variety of networks. Week in and week out, fans of the game will have the chance to see world-class pickleball nationally on ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN and on specialty networks like Tennis Channel and Fanduel TV. In 2022, the Carvana PPA Tour made history by being the first and only professional pickleball tour to air on a national TV network.

Over the last two years, the PPA Tour has joined forces with premium brands and companies across the country to establish a robust lineup of partners. The organization has signed multiple exclusive category deals with brands including Carvana, Molson Coors’ Vizzy Hard Seltzer, FILA, OGIO, Holland America, and Baird, among others. Carvana became the PPA's official Tour Title Sponsor in 2023, renaming the professional tour to the ‘Carvana PPA Tour.’

2023 Schedule (subject to change):

Start Date

Event Type

Tournament

Location

Jan. 12

PPA

Hyundai Masters

Palm Desert, Calif.

Feb. 1

PPA

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open

Scottsdale, Ariz.

Feb. 16

PPA Major

Carvana Arizona Grand Slam

Phoenix, Ariz.

Feb. 23

PPA

Indoor National Championships

Lakeville, Minn.

March 9

PPA

Florida Open

Holly Hill, Fla.

March 16

WPC Invite

Austin Open

Lakeway, Texas

April 5

PPA

Selkirk Red Rock Open

St. George, Utah

April 20

PPA

San Diego Open

San Diego, Calif.

May 4

PPA

North Carolina Open

Charlotte, N.C.

May 18

PPA Major

Atlanta Open

Atlanta, Ga.

May 25

PPA

Selkirk Texas Open

Dallas, Texas

June 8

PPA

Select Medical Orange County Cup

San Clemente, Calif.

June 22

WPC Invite

Nashville Open

Nashville, Tenn.

July 13

PPA

Baird Denver Open

Denver, Colo.

July 27

PPA

Seattle Open

Seattle, Wash.

Aug. 3

PPA

Takeya Showcase

Newport Beach, Calif.

Aug. 16

PPA

Tournament of Champions

Brigham City, Utah

Aug. 24

WPC Invite

Kansas City Open

Kansas City, Mo.

Sept. 7

PPA Major

Baird Wealth Management Cincinnati Open

Cincinnati, Ohio

Oct. 5

PPA

Guaranteed Rate PPA Championships

Las Vegas, Nev.

Oct. 12

Qualification

CIBC Cup (USA vs World) Florida Boca Raton Park

Boca Raton, Fla.

Oct. 25

PPA Major

Pickleball World Cup

Dallas, Texas

Nov. 16

PPA

Hertz National Championships

Orlando, Fla.

Nov. 30

Qualification

PPA FINALS

San Clemente, Calif.

Dec. 14

Qualification

PPA All-Star Week at MGM

Las Vegas, Nev.

About Carvana PPA Tour

The Carvana PPA Tour is the professional tour of pickleball, organizing events and rankings for the top male and female pickleball players worldwide and awarding more than $5.5 million in annual prize money with equal play and pay. The Carvana PPA Tour is set to host 25 events in 2023 at world-class facilities like the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Mission Hills Country Club in California, and the Darling Tennis Center and Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Inviting all to compete and "play where the pros play," the Carvana PPA Tour offers amateur divisions of play for every level, unparalleled experiences for fans and spectators, gorgeous venues, pro player meet-and-greets, food/beverages, live entertainment, VIP upgrades, giveaways and games, shopping, vendors and more. Founded in 2018 and based in Salt Lake City, the Carvana PPA Tour is owned and operated by parent corporation, Pickleball.com. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com. See Pro Player Profiles and follow us on social Twitter Instagram YouTube Facebook LinkedIn.

Media Contact:

Hannah Johns

PPA Tour | [email protected]

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