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PPA Tour announces 25-event schedule, $5.5 prize purse

The PPA Tour will hold 25 events in 2023 with a total prize purse of $5.5 million.

The Carvana PPA Tour announced a 25-event schedule for 2023 that includes a $5.5 million prize purse, which the tour stated Wednesday will be the largest single-season purse in professional pickleball.

It represents 25 percent increase in the number events held last year and an 83.3 percent increase in payouts. The schedule will consist of 25 professional events, including 15 PPA tour events, four majors, three World Pickleball Championship Invitational events and three special events based on qualification.

More than 60 touring pros will compete exclusively on the PPA circuit in 2023. The circuit said touring pros earned an average of $96,000 from the tour alone last year and anticipates that to increase by 63.9 percent this year.

“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,” PPA commissioner and CEO Connor Pardoe said in a press release. “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 tour, which was renamed the Carvana PPA Tour this year, kicked off its season last week with the Hyundai Masters in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Top-ranked players Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters each claimed the Triple Crown in their respective divisions.

Upcoming events will include six stops in new cities, including Nashville, Seattle and Boca Raton, Fla., and the tour will hold competitions in 14 states overall in 2023.

Events will be shown among broadcast partners including ABC, CBS, FOX, ESPN, Tennis Channel and Fanduel TV.

2023 PPA Tour Schedule
Start Date, Event Type, Tournament, Location
Jan. 12, PPA, Hyundai Masters, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Feb. 1, PPA, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Open, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Feb. 16, PPA Major, Carvana Arizona Grand Slam, Phoenix
Feb. 23, PPA, Indoor National Championships, Lakeville, Minn.
March 9, PPA, Florida Open, Holly Hill, Fla.
Mar 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
May 4, PPA, North Carolina Open, Charlotte
May 18, PPA Major, Atlanta Open, Atlanta
May 25, PPA, Selkirk Texas Open, Dallas
June 8, PPA, Select Medical Orange County Cup, San Clemente, Calif.
June 22, WPC Invite, Nashville Open, Nashville
July 13, PPA, Baird Denver Open, Denver
July 27, PPA, Seattle Open, Seattle
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
Oct. 5, PPA, Guaranteed Rate PPA Championships, Las Vegas
Oct. 12, Qualification, CIBC Cup (USA vs World), Boca Raton, Fla.
Oct. 25, PPA Major, Pickleball World Cup, Dallas
Nov. 16, PPA, Hertz National Championships, Orlando
Nov. 30, Qualification, PPA Finals, San Clemente, Calif.
Dec. 14, Qualification, PPA All-Star Week at MGM, Las Vegas

–Field Level Media