Logo World Pickelball Open

 

 

Players International Management, Inc. (PIM), organizers of the YellowTennisBall.com Series of over 30 state, national and international USTA and ITF events, is excited to host the WORLD PICKLEBALL OPEN (WPO) held December 12 – 15, 2019 at PGA Village Verano by Kolter Homes (Port St. Lucie, FL) featuring 26 brand new dedicated Pickleball courts, and one Championship Court! 

The event plans to create a memorable experience for its sponsors, and participants, and will include Pre-Event clinics, an Exhibition and the event will be creating a 30-minute televised highlight show!  Event information is listed below and please call (561.330.6003) or email (ibaron@YellowTennisBall.com) if you have any questions. We look forward to hosting you in December and please remember to register early – Player Registration opens Monday, August 3, 2019!

To receive up-to-date event info., player news, special event updates, become a Volunteer or simply want to be involved with the World Pickleball Open, please send your email address to ibaron@YellowTennisBall.com and we will add you to our Event E-blasts!

 

SCHEDULE / EVENT GUIDE

Event Guide: Click here for Event information, site details, practice and match court info., etc.

Monday, Aug. 3: Registration Opens – Limited space available! Click  here to Register

Thursday, October 31: Last day to register to receive complimentary 2020 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com ATP Ticket

Thursday, November 21: Entry deadline. Late registrants do not receive an event T-Shirt

Thursday, November 28: Last day to withdraw and receive a full refund

Wednesday, Dec. 11:  

*9 – 10:30am, 11am – 12:30pm & 1:30 – 3pm: Engage Pickleball Strategy Clinics. Email Catherine at Catherine@EngageSporting.com to register. Limited availability, $55pp (8:1 instructor/participant ratio).

*3 – 6pm: Player Registration

*5 – 6pm: Engage Pickleball Exhibition (free)

Thursday, Dec. 12: Mixed 60+ Doubles

Friday, Dec. 13: Men’s and Women’s Doubles 60+ Pro Singles

Saturday, Dec. 14: Men’s and Women’s Pro/Senior Pro and Under 60 Doubles Skills

Sunday, Dec. 15: Mixed Pro/Senior Pro and Under 60 Mixed Doubles

EVENT INFO.

 

Click to Register for the 2019 World Pickleball Open

Event Site. PGA Village Verano by Kolter Holmes.  (17127 SW Ambrose Way, Port St. Lucie, FL, 34986). The event will consist of 27 dedicated Pickleball courts. Facility is located 55 miles north of Palm Beach International Airport. Facility info.

Entry Fees:

  • Pro Divisions: $25 Event Registration Fee per person + $110 Entry Fee per person
  • Skills Divisions: $55 Event Registration Fee per person + $15 Registration Fee per event entered
  • Minimum of 10 players/teams in each division or division will be canceled. If canceled, refunds will be distributed


Player Gift – Pro and Skills participants will receive (one per person):

  • Event T-Shirt
  • Goody Bag
  • Those that register before October 31, 2019 will receive one complimentary Stadium Court Ticket to Session 2 (Saturday, Feb. 15; one per person in total for participating in the 2019 World Pickleball Open) to the 2020 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com ($40+ Value;: Session 2) ATP Legends Team Event, featuring former top-world ranked ATP stars. Tickets may be picked up at the On-site Box Office (30 NW 1st Ave., Delray Beach, FL) on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Please present a valid photo ID… Stadium Court matches take place at 12:30pm and 2:30pm (ticket valid for both matches).


USAPA Tier 4 Sanctioned Event. 
All participants must be a member of the USAPA. Clic
here for more information.

Court Surface: The event will consist of 27 dedicated Pickleball courts.

Practice CourtsFrom Tues., Dec. 10th – Wed., Dec. 11, 10+ practice courts will be available all day on a 1st-come, 1st serve bases (4 players per court, 1 hour increments)….From Thurs., Dec. 12 – Sun., Dec. 15, courts are based on a first-come, first-serve basis per the following… 15+ courts (7 – 8am, 2+courts thereafter. Please allow four players per court, 30 minutes maximum for warm-ups. Upon arrival, please check with Tournament Director for the practice court location).

Ball Type: Details announced soon.

Parking Policy: Details announced soon.

Refund Policy: No refunds given after Thursday, November 28th, 2019 unless:

  • Entries received after the maximum number of individuals or teams are bracketed or if not enough teams/individuals enter a division
  • Entries of non-qualified participants


Weather: 
Competitions will be conducted unless event staff determines the weather conditions to be potentially dangerous, life threatening or if the facility would incur significant damage.  There will be no cash refunds for cancelled events due to weather.

Volunteer Info. Volunteering is an invitation to link with great people and oversee the day-to-day operation. This is your chance to “work behind the scenes” and make a difference and contribution to the betterment of a world-class event. All Volunteers will receive a T-shirt, Lunch or Dinner, and one complimentary ticket to the 2020 Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.COM ATP Men’s Tennis Event (Sat., Feb. 15th Day Session: $40+ Value). To Volunteer, please email Pam Gobel pamelagobel@gmail.com or Ivan Baron ibaron@YellowTennisBall.comClick for details.

If you would like to receive event information as they are finalized, please send your email address to ibaron@YellowTennisBall.com and you will receive event notifications when they are announced in the coming weeks. Thank you. 

 

DIVISIONS – PRIZE MONEY – MATCH FORMAT

 

Men’s and Women’s: Pro & Senior Pro (Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Doubles)

Men’s and Women’s Doubles/Mixed Doubles: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 (19-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+)

Prize Money Up to $16,500 *dependent upon number of teams per division* (Min. 10 teams (Doubles) or 10 participants (Singles) per division for Prize Money to be distributed). Click for details.

All Divisions: Double Elimination with a Come Around (ie a team can lose a match and still come around and win the bracket)

Main DrawEach match consists of a “best of three” game format with each game to 11, win by two points

ConsolationEach match consists of one game to 15, win by two points except for the final match which determines 3rd place…with the winning team to go on to compete for 1st/2nd place. The final Consolation match consists of a best of 3 game format with each game to 11, win by two points.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What is Pickleball?

History of Pickleball?

Why is it called Pickleball? 

How do I play Pickleball?

What equipment do I need? 

What is the proper attire for a Pickleball game? 

What are the dimensions of a Pickleball court?

What are the basic rules of Pickleball?

How to be safe playing Pickleball?

What is the USAPA?

What kind of paddles are allowed by the USAPA?

What are the USAPA rules for Pickleball?

 

SPONSORS

 

PGA Village Verano. PGA Village Verano in Port St. Lucie, Florida, is an award-winning, gated new home community by KOLTER HOMES. Less than an hour north of the Palm Beaches and approximately 90 minutes south of Orlando, PGA Village Verano’s ideal location on the Treasure Coast allows for convenient access to 21-miles of white sand beaches and a fine selection of shopping, dining and recreational activities. In addition to the community’s new 27-court Pickleball Center, residents have exclusive access to PGA Village Verano’s 27,000-square-foot social clubhouse and 13,000-square-foot fitness center. These fitness and social centers offer a wide array of social and wellness programs, full-time lifestyle and activities directors, and state-of-the-art facilities including a resort-style pool; tennis, basketball and bocce ball courts and indoor Junior Olympic pool. To-Build and Move-In Ready Homes priced from the mid $200s to $500s are available in both PGA Village Verano and Kolter’s new 55+ active adult neighborhood, Cresswind at PGA Village Verano.

Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. The world’s only combined ATP 250 Event (featuring today’s ATP stars) and ATP Champions Tour Legends Event (featuring former tennis greats). The 28th anniversary takes place Feb. 14 – 23, 2020, is televised nationally and internationally in over 75 countries, and is host to 60,000+ spectators and over a dozen special events and amateur tennis events.

Engage Pickleball  is US-based and one of the leading and largest Pickleball paddle manufacturers in the world. We are one of the only paddle manufacturers that does not outsource any of their paddle manufacturing. Engage performs all their design, engineering and manufacturing in-house in central Florida. Beyond our ‘vision’ of creating the best Pickleball paddles in the world, our ‘mission’ is to grow the sport by giving back to the community and growing the sport with the youth.

Head Pickleball is proud to be the Official Footwear Sponsor of the World Pickleball Open.

Selkirk Sport is a family owned company based in the USA whose sole focus is to build the best performance pickleball paddles in the market. 1-800-759-4326.

Athletic DNA is a high performance apparel brand designed to help both youth and adult athletes compete against and outperform their opponents. Athletic DNA is known for it’s bright colors and bold designs, with the latest fabric technologies including moisture wicking, UV protection and an athletic cut fit to help separate yourself from your competitors.

Exhibitors: HiDow

 

TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE

 

Tournament Director: Ivan Baron, IBaron@YellowTennisBall.com 561-330-6003

Tournament Chairman: Mark Baron

Director of Player Relations: Adam Baron

Match CoordinatorMelissa McCurley

Director of Operations & Media: John Butler

Social Media & Director of Volunteers: Marlena Hall

Chief Referee: Jeff Shank, JLShank@hotmail.com

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HOSTING YOU AT THE WORLD PICKLEBALL OPEN!

 

TRAVEL, HOTEL DISCOUNTS & RENTAL CARS

 

Palm Beach International Airport is approximately 50 minutes away from the facility (52 miles).

The event has secured a limited number of discounted hotel rooms for event participants. Please make all reservations as soon as possible. NOTE: All hotels are approximately 5 – 15 minutes from tournament sites.

 

Details will be announced soon

TBD

Perfect Drive Vacation Rentals

8500 Commerce Center Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34986. Perfect Drive Vacation Rentals offers a variety of villa options to best fit your needs. Choose a One or Two Bedroom Villa or a Guest Suite in either our Pine Valley or Castle Pines Neighborhoods Each villa is independently owned and equipped to meet our high standards. Parking and Wi-Fi are complimentary.

Discounted Rates (Promo Code WP19) – Limited Availability, please reserve early by calling 772-873-0515 or click here to reserve your villa. Click for Villa pictures/choices.

    • One Bedroom Villa with 2 queen beds, full kitchen, living room and screened patio – $109.00 plus tax per night
    • Two Bedroom Villa with 4 beds, 2 full baths, full kitchen, living room and screened patio – $199.00 plus tax per night.
    • Guest Room – 2 beds, full bath, mini-fridge, microwave and coffee maker – $94.00 plus tax per night.

 

OFFICIAL RENTAL CAR:  ENTERPRISE

Enterprise Rent a Car is the official rental car provider for the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com and the YellowTennisBall.com Series.  For discounted rental car rates, click here (or call 1-800-261-7331) and mention Special Promo code 41WT149 when booking either online or over the phone.