Nationals coming to the desert…….

We’ve heard the rumors, now we’ve got confirmation from the USAPA Newsletter that the annual pickleball Nationals tournament is headed to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, starting in November 2018. Here’s what USAPA said:

“On Thursday, February 1, USAPA and Desert Champions, LLC, parent company of the world-renowned Indian Wells Tennis Garden, agreed to terms on a multi-year deal to host the USAPA National Championships at the facility. While terms of the deal have not been disclosed, USAPA and Desert Champions, LLC will be releasing a joint press release soon with the details.

This year, the USAPA National Championships will be held November 3-11, 2018. Indian Wells is located just outside of Palm Springs California. The facility is home to the BNP Paribas Open – the largest combined men and women’s tennis tournament in the world. IWTG features the second largest tennis stadium in the world – an impressive 16,100-seat Stadium 1 – as well as a permanent 8,000-seat Stadium 2. The venue also boasts 28 world class courts and will soon be adding championship pickleball courts to the site.”

While there’ll be a formal announcement soon, we badly wanted to scoop this news. Why? Because we’re crazy about witnessing championship pickleball and we know that one of the key guys behind this very impressive development is an IRCC member (sorry Fred Hartzman, we’ve penetrated that cool facade). This is exciting!