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The 2017 version of the US Open Pickleball Championships is coming soon. The event takes place starting April 23rd and runs through April 30th in Naples, Florida. Naples hosted the inaugural event last year and has the rights again in 2018.

The fun actually kicks off on Friday, April 21st with a Kids Day and Media Day event. Then on Saturday, the event will host a “Party in the Park” event. There will be a variety of events and festivities happening throughout the US Open Village for anyone to take advantage of. Included will be live music, food and a new product Demo. Practice courts will be open and a Pro pickleball clinic is also being offered.

The action gets underway on Sunday the 23rd and will consist of all singles events. On the men’s side there are categories for Pro, Senior Open and 14 different age group categories ranging from 19+ to 85+. The winner of the 2016 Pro singles title was Marcin Rozpedski. On the women’s side in singles, there is also a Pro and Senior Open champion and they offer 9 different age group champions ranging from 30+ to 75+. Last year's women's Pro champion was Simone Jardim.

The action continues on Monday with Men’s and Women’s age group events and on Tuesday moves into the Mixed age events. On Wednesday the Men’s Skill Events and Men’s Senior Pro Doubles takes place while the same events for women takes place on Thursday. On Friday, the competition heats up as players try to get to the championship finals being held on Saturday.

Finally, on Saturday the 29th, the Mixed Pro, Pro Double Finals, Mixed Senior Pro Finals and Mixed Skill events are held. If weather is a factor, play will carry over to the 30th. CBS Sports Network will be in Naples to film the the Pro Finals.

The format of the tournament is that of a double elimination with a consolation bracket. The consolation bracket will compete for the bronze medal. The winner’s bracket will be playing for the gold and silver medals.

The US Open staff will be transforming East Naples Community Park into a bit of a pickleball paradise with 48 courts set up, all surrounding the Zing Zang Championship court. Fans are able to watch matches for no charge except for pro matches being played on the Zing Zang Championship court.

Fans coming to the event are guaranteed to have a good time as they can browse the US Open Expo, take in some food and music and watch some of the best pickleball players in the world compete against each other and for prizes. So if you’re looking for a great spring experience, check out the 2017 US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples.

February 17, 2017 — Chase Leavitt