Happy 2020 to all the pickleball players out there! We hope the new decade will bring joy, new friendships and improved skills to all.
While many of us likely spent the last days of 2019 with family, watching fireworks or making a toast, hundreds of picklers pushed themselves to end the year with a pop rather than a bang at the World Pickleball Championships in Punta Gorda.
The inaugural event made history despite delays brought on by the weather. Organizers were happy with the turnout and amenable to bringing it back next year. The championships took place in a location with its own impressive backstory: the Pickleplex.
The Pickleplex was entirely funded by private and company donations, opening in June of 2019. The 16-court complex was made to relieve others in the area which were already crowded, offering players more opportunity to join games without a wait. Now it’s had a “trial by fire” after being tested by some of the best players in the world, and the city is excited the Pickleplex is seeing such prominent use.
The World Pickleball Championships ran from Dec 27-30 and saw coverage on Fox News due to the revenue brought in for the county.
If you want to enjoy the event’s competitive energy from the comfort of your own home, you can see the finals matches in the video below. What better way to start off your New Year than watching and learning from the best? (Unless you already have some of your own games scheduled!)
We hope the picklers involved in the championships will carry their enthusiasm with them in the months to come and wish the same for everyone who couldn’t make it in person.
Do you have any pickleball-related or personal resolutions for 2020? Let us know in the comments!