Collier County has always been a community of firsts, and this month we add another to the list. Collier County will host the first-ever US Open Pickleball Championships from Tuesday, April 26, to Sunday, May 1, at East Naples Community Park, 3500 Thomasson Drive, Naples, Florida 34112. About 1,000 athletes will compete for more than $25,000 in prize money playing America’s fastest growing sport, while thousands of spectators are expected to fill the hospitality village.
Collier County Parks and Recreation will host a ribbon cutting for the new courts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, at East Naples Community Park.
Pickleball is a sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis and table tennis. The sport has been around since 1965, but remained something of a secret until 2008 when the game took off among senior citizens. Today, it is estimated that more than 2 million people play the game, 68 percent of them over the age of 60.
Collier County began construction of the new pickleball courts at the East Naples Community Park earlier this year to accommodate the event. The county will host the US Open Championships for the next three years.
RIBBON CUTTING TO OPEN PICKLEBALL COURTS IN ADVANCE OF US OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS