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APP Tour Announces Three-Year Agreement to Host Annual Event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

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APP Tour Announces Three-Year Agreement to Host Annual Event at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

The APP New York City Open will feature a $125,000 prize pool, the largest in APP Tour history, at the home of the US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. (Feb. 2022) – The Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) Tour announced today an historic three-year agreement to stage the APP New York City Open on the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

This year’s event will take place May 25-29 and include a prize purse of $125,000, the largest of any pickleball tournament this year and largest in APP Tour history. It will be the first time the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, will host a pickleball tournament.

“The opportunity to bring the APP Tour to a venue with such rich history and tradition is the culmination of a dream that I had for our tour and players when we launched the APP in 2019,” said Ken Herrmann, founder of the APP Tour. “When we committed to elevating the player experience and investing in the careers of our players, hosting an event at one of the world’s preeminent sporting venues with a record prize pool is the kind of advancement we envisioned.

“For us to be able to stage an event like this in the mecca of American tennis means so much as we continue to grow our sport here in the United States. We are proud to have the incredible USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center serve as the backdrop for our players as they compete in one of our biggest events of the year.”

“The USTA National Tennis Center is pleased to partner with the APP, the first sanctioned pickleball tour for amateurs and professionals in the United States,” said NTC Chief Operating Officer Daniel Zausner. “The allure of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center and the rich history and tradition of our sport sets an example that others aspire to emulate.”

The New York City Open is the third of six National Championship Series events on the APP Tour calendar. These important events allow players to compete for an automatic berth to the USA Pickleball Nationals at Indian Wells, Calif., from November 5-13.

Registration for the 2022 APP New York City Open is set to open at 5 p.m. ET Monday on www.pickleballtournaments.com.

About the APP Tour Established in 2019, the Association of Pickleball Professionals is the first and only officially sanctioned tour of USA Pickleball. The APP serves amateurs, professionals and senior professionals (50 and older), as well as developing the next generation of champions through its Next Gen series and other youth initiatives. To learn more about the APP, visit www.apptour.org.

Media Contacts:
Pat Mitsch, USTA, mitsch@usta.com
Dan Mihalik, Intersport, dmihalik@intersport.global