Punta Gorda to Host First World Pickleball Championship

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. – The first-ever World Pickleball Championship in the history of the sport will take place Dec. 27 – 30 at the brand new PicklePlex® of Punta Gorda on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College.

Professional players will vie for their share of the $100,000 prize purse while amateurs will compete in their age and skill categories over this four-day event. Players from around the globe, including the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, England, Germany, India, Mexico, the Philippines and Singapore, have been invited to compete for the title of World Pickleball Champion. 

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the U.S., with over three million players participating, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. The sport is also growing in other parts of the world. As pickleball advances, so too will the number of players and professional athletes that actively participate in tournaments. The level of play will increase as will the prize money.

The tournament will offer the largest cash purse in history to the professional and senior professional players. Sixty projected World Champions will reign at the end of the event from all categories and divisions. 

“What makes this event so special is that, based on their Global Pickleball Ranking, only the world’s best pickleball players have been invited to play at the final tournament of the year, which will crown the first-ever World Pickleball Champions,” said Jan David, owner of Pickleball Global.

The 16-court PicklePlex of Punta Gorda held its first tournament in June 2019 and has hosted four others since. The Pickleball Global World Championship will be the PicklePlex’s largest tournament to date, expected to draw an estimated 500 participants and generating a sizable economic impact for the area.

The PicklePlex of Punta Gorda is committed to hosting high-quality tournaments and is planning to add an additional 16 courts to the complex in the coming months, allowing for the expansion of existing tournaments without impacting the capacity for recreational play.

Participants can register according to their International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) rating. Professional and senior professional categories are Open and 50+, respectively.

The event will be live-streamed to a global audience of pickleball enthusiasts on the Pickleball Global Facebook page, facebook.com/pickleball.global.  

Learn more about the event, registration and ticket options at worldpickleballchampionship.com.