ANNOUNCEMENT

PICKLEBALL CENTRAL AS THE OFFICIAL RETAIL STORE

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LIBERTYVILLE, IL (December 23, 2021) – Always innovating and leading the field, the APP TOUR names Pickleball Central as the Official Retail Store.PickleballCentral. com’s tournament retail shop will showcase their expertly curated selection by representing multiple equipment manufacturers in-person at APP tournament events across the country in 2022, 2023, and 2024. This unique onsite store will allow players and spectators to learn, demo and purchase equipment firsthand from leading brands across paddles, apparel, accessories and footwear.

“Since our humble beginnings in our founder’s garage in 2006, our mission and focus has been on growing the sport and player experience through exceptional customer service and a love for curating best-in-class pickleball product,” said Doug Thielen, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer atPickleballCentral.com. “This partnership will bring our pickleball specialty superstore and product experts to communities and APP tournaments across the country, and is the perfect representation of our ongoing dedication to that mission.

“I hold David Johnson and Pickleball Central in the highest regards and am thrilled to continue our partnership to offer all players and fans the best experience when playing APP Tour events” said Ken Herrmann, CEO and Creative Founder of the APP Tour. “Our mission has been, from day one, to grow pickleball and serve everyone who walks through the gates of our tournaments, whether that be players or fans. Pickleball Central aligns with our vision of “customer first” and we are excited to grow this relationship with another leader in the sport.”

About Pickleball Central:

PickleballCentral.com, the pickleball specialty superstore, was started in 2006 by Anna Copley and David Johnson to service the growing sport – as well as Anna’s parent’s pickleball obsession. What started, as an entrepreneurial side business, has grown to be the nation’s largest pickleball retailer and trusted source for all things pickleball related. Fueled by exceptional customer service and the team’s passion for growing the sport, PickleballCentral.com carries the industries top brands with an incredible selection of paddles, nets, balls, shoes, apparel and pickleball accessories for all player abilities. See for yourself at pickleballcentral.com

About the APP Tour:

Founded in 2019, as the Midwest Series, the APP Tour has quickly become the premiere tournament series for both pros, senior pros, and amateurs alike by partnering with USA Pickleball as the Official Pro Tour. Setting a mission to serve all regions of the sport’s governing body, USA Pickleball, the APP Tour has set itself apart from the field as being the tour that appeals to a mass audience. Looking into 2022, the APP Tour will have over $2,000,000 in paid purse money and will reward pros and senior pros with generous stipend packages over and above the paid purses. The APP Tour will host 32 tournaments in 2022 across the United States and four international countries as we become the largest tour in pickleball.