ANNOUNCEMENT / PRESS RELEASE

APP TOUR, LEXUS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP FOR CHICAGO OPEN

Lexus named presenting sponsor for fourth-annual event, held Labor Day weekend in Highland Park

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CHICAGO (August 22, 2022) – The Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) Tour and Intersport announced today an agreement with Lexus to be the presenting sponsor for the 2022 APP Chicago Open, held August 31 – September 4 at Danny Cunniff Park in Highland Park.

The APP Chicago Open Presented by Lexus is a Tier 1 Elite tournament on the APP Tour, where the sport’s top pros will compete in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles events, and vie for their share of a $50,000 prize pool.

“The APP Tour is thrilled to announce its partnership with Lexus,” said Ryan McSpadden, EVP of Strategic Partnerships at Intersport, a sports marketing and events agency in Chicago and Strategic Partner of the APP Tour. “They are an innovative, forward-thinking brand and a perfect fit for the fastest-growing sport in America. The APP Chicago Open presents the perfect opportunity to align our two brands ahead of one of the largest pro pickleball tournaments in the Midwest.”

As part of Lexus’ sponsorship of the APP Chicago Open, the brand will immerse itself with in-venue branding and visibility at the tournament, including on-site activation spaces and signage, as well as promotion on social media and APP Tour livestream productions.

Tickets for the APP Chicago Open Presented by Lexus are now available for purchase at eventbrite.com for just $10 per day. Walk-up tickets for single-day sessions will also be available for purchase at the venue.

Below is a schedule of pro events and broadcast information for each day:

Date Events Streaming Platform Time (CT)
Thursday, 9/1
Men’s Pro Singles
Women’s Pro Singles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, 9/2
Mixed Pro Doubles
Sr. Men’s Pro Doubles
Sr. Women’s Pro Doubles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9/3
Men’s Pro Doubles
Women’s Pro Doubles
Mixed Sr. Pro Doubles
11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, 9/4
Championship Sunday - Pros
Sr. Men’s Pro Singles
Sr. Women’s Pro Singles
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The tournament returns to suburban Chicago for its fourth year on the APP Tour, founded by Chicago native Ken Herrmann. The top two men’s singles players in the World Pickleball Rankings, Zane Navratil and JW Johnson, lead a group of seven top-10 players that will compete in the men’s singles draw at the APP Chicago Open Presented by Lexus. Meanwhile, five of the top 10 women’s singles players, highlighted by Jorja Johnson, Anna Bright and Parris Todd, are also part of the tournament schedule.

In addition, 10 of the top 20 men’s doubles and 12 of the top 20 women’s doubles pickleball professionals in the world are expected to participate.

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About the APP Tour
Founded in 2019, the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) serves amateurs, professionals, and senior professionals in one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It is the first and only officially sanctioned tour of USA Pickleball. The 2022 APP Tour slate has over 30 tournaments including four international events, with more than $2 million in prize money. The APP Tour also prides itself on developing the next generation of champions through its Next Gen Series and other youth initiatives.

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Media Contacts: Daniel Sagerman ( dsagerman@intersportnet.global )