The Minto U.S. Open Pickleball Championships are returning to Naples for the fourth year in a row. Organizers are expecting approximately 2,200 athletes from 48 states and 17 countries to participate in the tournament, which will take place from April 27 to May 4 at East Naples Community Park. On opening day, all 50 pickleball courts will be open for play, notes event co-founder Terri Graham. In addition, April 27 will also include a Party in the Park celebration featuring live music.
The tournament is organized so that each division starts and ends on the same day, explains Graham. In other words, on any given day a division—such as women’s pro doubles—will start in the morning, play through double elimination rounds, and end with a championship match happening that same evening. There’s no charge to walk around the grounds and watch the daytime matches, although parking costs $5 and will support Kiwanis kids in Collier County. Tickets to championship matches are $10 Sunday to Thursday and $25 Friday and Saturday nights. (usopenpickleballchampionship.com)