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TOPCOURT ADDS PICKLEBALL INSTRUCTION TO ITS TENNIS E-LEARNING PLATFORM, BECOMING THE WORLD’S ULTIMATE COACHING AUTHORITY FOR AMERICA’S FASTEST GROWING SPORT

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  • Pickleball World Champions Ben Johns and Jessie Irvine join TopCourt as pickleball coaches
  • Pickleball has become the fastest growing sport in North America with a two-year participation growth rate of 40%
  • Currently TopCourt’s tennis coaching team features Venus Williams, Simona Halep, Alexander Zverev, Chris Evert, Iga Swiatek, and Nick Kyrgios

NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Today TopCourt took the next step in the company’s growth by adding pickleball to its portfolio. Pickleball has more than 5 million active players in the United States, has enjoyed a 40% growth since 2020, boasts a celebrity following, and has been called by the Economist as “the fastest growing sport in America”.

Launched in 2020, TopCourt has become the go-to destination for professional tennis instruction, with a coaching team featuring the world’s best tennis players of the present, past and future, as well as the sport’s most legendary coaches.

Adding pickleball instructional platform to TopCourt enhances the consumer experience and expands its demographic reach. Pickleball is enjoying a youth movement in the United States as more and more schools add the sport to its physical education curriculum. Pickleball’s popularity has landed the sport TV deals with ESPN, CBS, and Tennis Channel.

As part of the new platform, TopCourt will partner with Professional Pickleball Association and its athletes, such as Ben Johns and Jessie Irvine, the sport’s World No.1 players in both singles and doubles. Irvine’s instructional videos will be unveiled this week and feature pickleball and fitness lessons from beginner to professional level of play; and Johns’ lessons will follow shortly. Johns is considered the greatest pickleball player of all time.

“Pickleball has changed my life and I am excited to have a platform such as TopCourt to become one of its official coaches. It’s been exciting to see pickleball grow exponentially over the last few years and I look forward to helping make pickleball the most popular recreational sport around the world,” said Ben Johns.

In addition to record growth in the US, Montreal Gazette has called pickleball the fastest growing sport in Canada. The International Federation of Pickleball currently boasts 70 member countries, and a swelling global presence has inspired enthusiasts to lobby the International Olympic Committee for inclusion, perhaps in the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics. To mount a successful Olympic bid, pickleball needs competitive players in at least 75 countries.

Over the last few years, numerous professional sports have added e-learning capabilities to their fan experience. TopCourt became the official e-learning platform of the ATP and WTA in 2021, bridging professional tennis and its star players and coaches with the everyday tennis fan. Numerous studies on the e-learning market project it to be worth $325B by 2025, with a survey of 2,500 organizations finding that those with comprehensive e-learning programs have 218% higher revenue per team member and 24% higher profit margins*.

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USA Pickleball Reports Nearly 30% Increase in Membership During 2022

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. /PRNewswire/ — USA Pickleball, the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball, today published its annual growth report, containing important industry metrics recorded in 2022.

As the sport continued to expand across the country, USA Pickleball saw its membership increase nearly 30 percent over 2021. The National Governing Body currently has a membership base of nearly 69,000 strong, a major uptick compared to 53,110 in 2021.

Annual Growth Report from USA Pickleball outlines areas of growth, including playing facilities and sanctioned events

Some of the highlights include:

  • Membership68,697 registered USA Pickleball members, an increase of 29.4% over 2021.
  • Certified Facilities: The organization’s Places2Play database grew from 9,167 to a total of 10,724 USA Pickleball-registered facilities in North America. This equates to 130 new locations per month, or more than four per day.
  • Approved Paddles & Balls: The USA Pickleball Equipment & Evaluation Committee (EEC) and its independent lab tested and approved 525 new paddles and 34 new balls in 2022.
  • USA Pickleball Ambassadors: 1,973 dedicated volunteers who actively promote the game at the local level by supporting new programs and facilities.
  • Sanctioned Events: USA Pickleball sanctioned 237 tournaments in 2022 compared to 153 in 2021, including USA Pickleball’s own Indoor National Championships, National Championships and the first-ever Diamond Amateur Championship.
  • 2022 National Championships: The 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships drew nearly 2,300 amateur players, while the sport’s top professional players competed for $150,000 in prize money, compared to $90,000 in 2021. On November 13, the event also set the record for the largest-ever attendance in the history of the sport at 5,522.
  • Facilities Development: USA Pickleball directly supports the development pipeline for over $100M in new facilities, including over 25 Regional- and Sector-level venues.

The full Annual Growth Report can be found at usapickleball.org.

About USA Pickleball:

USA Pickleball is the National Governing Body for the sport of pickleball in the U.S. and provides players with official rules, tournaments, rankings and promotional materials. The mission of USA Pickleball is to promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories. The association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and governed by a board of directors and professional staff who provide the guidance and infrastructure for the continued growth and development of the sport.

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BARSTOOL SPORTS’ LATEST BRAND, STELLA BLUE COFFEE, NAMED FIRST OFFICIAL & EXCLUSIVE COFFEE PARTNER OF D.C. PICKLEBALL TEAM

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — D.C. Pickleball Team (DCPT), an expansion team of Major League Pickleball (MLP) and D.C.’s newest professional sports team, today announced Stella Blue Coffee, a new brand from Barstool Sports created by Dan “Big Cat” Katz, host of #1 sports podcast Pardon my Take, as its first official and exclusive coffee partner.

DCPT has joined MLP ahead of the 2023 season that begins Thursday, January 26th in Mesa, AZ. Like the other high-profile investor backed teams that have joined MLP, DCPT’s ownership group includes Al Tylis, Sam Porter, Eva Longoria, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, Rip Hamilton, Shawn Marion, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mesut Ozil.

As a part of the partnership, Stella Blue Coffee’s logo will be prominently displayed on DCPT uniforms. Stella Blue Coffee logo features Katzs’ beloved dog Stella, who was rescued from the PAWS Chicago shelter. Stella Blue Coffee holds great meaning to Dan and his family and provides a way for their dog Stella to live on forever. A portion of proceeds from each sale go to PAWS Chicago.

Stella Blue Coffee is a premium blend of 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans that Dan hand selected for unrivaled taste. As if D.C. Pickleball Team didn’t have enough energy on the team already, Stella Blue will take it up a notch, with coffee that confidently stands on its own, just as coffee and DCPT should.

“D.C. Pickleball Team is thrilled to partner with such an established and innovative group as Barstool Sports and Stella Blue Coffee,” says Al Tylis, Managing Partner of D.C. Pickleball Team. “This is a historic partnership in our journey to become a household name in pickleball. Together, we look forward to elevating the sport and bringing both the game and coffee to all.”

“We are excited to be a part of the pickleball movement that has swept the nation,” explains Katz. “We appreciate what D.C. Pickleball Team and their ownership group brings to the sports world and are proud to partner with them in their first ever Major League Pickleball season.”

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For more information about D.C. Pickleball Team visit www.dcpickleballteam.com and follow on social media:

Twitter – @dc_pickleball
Instagram – @dcpickleballteam
Facebook – @dcpickleballteam
TikTok – @d.c.pickleballteam

About D.C. Pickleball Team:
D.C. Pickleball Team (DCPT) is the newest professional pickleball team to join Major League Pickleball (MLP) ahead of the 2023 season that begins January 26th. DCPT’s ownership group includes Al Tylis, Sam Porter, Eva Longoria, Justin Verlander, Kate Upton, Rip Hamilton, Shawn Marion, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mesut Ozil.

DCPT will play in the Challenger Level in season one and Premier Level in season two. Season one’s roster includes Sam Querrey – 10-time ATP Tour Titleist and ranked 11th in the world in 2018; Stefan Auvergne – exciting new player from France and former competitive tennis player, competitive gamer and race car driver; Shelby Bates – former D1 Tennis Player at Coastal Carolina University; and Monica Paolicelli – former D1 Soccer Player at James Madison.

About Stella Blue Coffee:
At Stella Blue Coffee, we source our 100% Arabica, Rainforest Alliance Certified coffee beans ethically and sustainably from Colombia, Honduras, and Guatemala – some of the richest coffee geographies in the world.Our exclusive blend of premium coffee was hand selected by @BarstoolBigCat himself and is roasted to perfection to deliver unrivaled taste. Stella Blue Coffee offers three delicious roasts: Positive Vibes Light Roast, Big Cat Blend Medium Roast, and Electric Ave Dark Roast. Each roast is available in single serve pods, freshly ground bags or whole bean bags, so you can be your own barista. 

Stella Blue Coffee is also committed to joining PAWS Chicago in its mission to save homeless pets. PAWS Chicago (Pets Are Worth Saving) is the Midwest’s largest No Kill animal shelter that has led the reduction of the number of homeless pets killed in Chicago by over 91% since its founding in 1997.

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Learn more about Stella Blue Coffee’s delicious new coffee line-up at stellabluecoffee.com

Twitter – @StellaBlueCoff
Instagram – @stellabluecoffee
TikTok – @stellabluecoffee

About Major League Pickleball:
Major League Pickleball (MLP) is the premier team league and the standard-bearer for the fastest-growing sport in the United States. MLP is committed to perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of pickleball’s business, marketing, and community relations. With iconic team owners, a co-ed team format, an innovative draft, easy to understand scoring, groundbreaking broadcast quality, and the highest prize money events in pro pickleball, MLP’s goal is to elevate and grow the sport in everything it does. For more information on Major League Pickleball, visit MajorLeaguePickleball.net and follow Major League Pickleball on FacebookTwitterInstagramTikTok and YouTube.

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