USA Pickleball Makes First Appearance in Mobile This Weekend
Apr 5, 2016
MOBILE, Ala., - The USA Pickleball
Association’s (USAPA) 2016 Atlantic South Regional Pickleball Tournament will
be held this weekend at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile. The
tournament will be the first volley in bringing the growing sport to the area.
Players will start Thursday, April 7, 2016 with practice. They will then start
tournament play for Women's Doubles and Men's Singles on Friday, April 8th
followed by Co-Ed Doubles on Saturday, April 9th, and will close the
tournament play on Sunday, April 10th, with Men's Doubles and
is among the fastest growing sports in the nation. Formed in 1965 by then
Congressman Joel Pritchard of Washington State and Bill Bell, a successful
businessman, on Bainbridge Island, WA, the sport has evolved from original
handmade equipment and simple rules into a popular sport throughout the US and
Canada. The game continues to grow internationally as well with many European
and Asian countries adding courts.
Copeland-Cox Tennis Center, in conjunction with the Mobile Sports Authority and
Visit Mobile, will host the city’s first pickleball tournament welcoming the
USAPA’s 2016 Atlantic South Regional Pickleball Tournament. The tournament will
be played on courts neighboring the local high school’s Girl’s Invitational
Tennis Tournament on the Center’s 60 courts. 180 players ranging in age from 13
to 80 will compete in the Atlantic South Region representing states that
include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
the first time, the Mobile Sports Authority welcomes the Atlantic South Region
Pickleball Tournament to Mobile. As a spinoff to the sport of tennis,
pickleball fits in very well with Mobile's outstanding tradition of hosting
regional and national tennis tournaments at our nationally-renowned
Copeland-Cox Tennis Center. So we believe this is just the start of many more
pickleball tournaments to come for Mobile" added Mobile Sports Authority’s
Executive Director, Danny Corte.
About USA Pickleball
Currently, the sport of pickleball is exploding in popularity. The
number of places to play has more than doubled since 2010. There are over
4,000 locations on the USA Pickleball Association’s (USAPA) Places to Play map.
The spread of the sport is attributed to its popularity within community
centers, PE classes, YMCA facilities and retirement communities. The sport
continues to grow worldwide as well with many new international clubs forming
and national governing bodies now established in Canada and India. Pickleball
is now growing in 9 different countries and many more to follow. For further
information on the sport of Pickleball or USAPA please visit www.usapa.org. About The Mobile Sports
The Mobile Sports Authority (MSA) is a non-profit sports
commission formed in 2008 by the Mobile County Commission. The main mission is
to create a positive economic and public relations impact for Mobile County,
the City of Mobile, and the region through attracting, hosting, managing and
supporting sporting events. MSA is the main point of contact for sports and
sports-related activities for the Mobile County area. For more information on
MSA, please visit www.mobilesportsauthority.com.
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