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!
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 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.
Player Gift – Pro and Skills participants will receive (one per person):
USAPA Tier 4 Sanctioned Event. All participants must be a member of the USAPA. Click here for more information.
Court Surface: The event will consist of 27 dedicated Pickleball courts.
Practice Courts: From 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:
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 email@example.com or Ivan Baron ibaron@YellowTennisBall.com. Click 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.
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 Draw: Each match consists of a “best of three” game format with each game to 11, win by two points
Consolation: Each 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.
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.
Tournament Director: Ivan Baron, IBaron@YellowTennisBall.com 561-330-6003
Tournament Chairman: Mark Baron
Director of Player Relations: Adam Baron
Match Coordinator: Melissa McCurley
Director of Operations & Media: John Butler
Social Media & Director of Volunteers: Marlena Hall
Chief Referee: Jeff Shank, JLShank@hotmail.com
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.
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.
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.BOOK NOW