Pickleball Magazine 2-3 - Page 36

Second Annual US Open The Biggest Pickleball Party in the World 34 I f you ask US Open President and Founder Terri Graham to describe the event that’s drawn thousands of pickleball players to Naples, Florida, for the past two years running, she’d tell you that it’s a “party with pickleball attached to it.” And, with the number of players and spectators growing exponentially from last year, all indications are that she’s doing something right. The April 21-28 event not only provided some spectacular play, with Dave Weinbach and Kyle Yates earning a repeat win in the Men’s Doubles Pro Finals and Simone Jardim and Corrine Carr winning the Women’s Doubles Pro Finals, it gained the attention of CBS Broadcasting, which televised the event to a 6-million-member national audience on May 19. The growth of the event, and the sport as a whole, interested CBS enough to sign a multiyear contract with the US Open to broadcast the event for several years to come. TO SUBSCRIBE CALL 888.308.3720 OR GO TO THEPICKLEBALLMAG.COM