Set to take place from 3rd to 6th of August at the Telford International Centre, the 2023 English Open is making history as the largest pickleball event outside of North America, with an incredible 1,059 players geared up to participate.
Four Action-Packed Days
Over the course of four action-packed days, top professionals from America and Europe will compete in thrilling matches across various categories like singles, doubles, mixed, wheelchair, and junior events. The age range of competitors spans from 7 to 70+, demonstrating the remarkable growth of pickleball in recent years.
The English Open has truly earned its place as a standout tournament on par with major events in America. With pickleball gaining immense popularity in the United Kingdom, it is now played by over 10,000 active participants in the UK, and there are 361 designated pickleball places to play across the country.
These numbers reflect an astonishing 180% year-to-date increase in member registrations, as reported by pickleballEngland, showcasing the sport’s exponential growth in just a year.
The Perfect Venue
Chair and Co-Founding Director of pickleballEngland Karen Mitchell said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the number of players who have signed up to take part in this year’s English Open. The Telford International Centre is the perfect venue to host an event of this scale, and we can’t wait to showcase the best of our sport.
We are getting excited about welcoming everyone to this year’s English OPEN.— Pickleball England (@pbEKaren) July 27, 2023
Player schedules will be sent out a couple of days before the event.
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We have some of the world’s top players set to compete, and I know the level is going to be really high. “It’s a really exciting time for everyone involved with pickleballEngland as we can really feel the momentum building.
We’re hoping the English Open will inspire more people to try the sport, and we’d love to encourage anyone to come down and watch if they’ve never seen pickleball played before – it’s perfect for all ages and abilities.’
“An Incredible Few Days Of Competition”
Head of Brand at Telford International Centre Mathew James added: “The Pickleball English Open cements Telford International Centre’s standing as a venue of choice for national sporting events.
“We’re hugely excited to welcome pickleballEngland and athletes and supporters from all over the world to Telford. It’s going to be an incredible few days of competition and a perfect stage for this hugely popular sport in the Midlands.”
This year’s main sponsors will be Skechers, with support from Franklin, APP, HEAD, Scan, UK Pickleball Shop, Ellesse, and BOL Foods.
Play will commence at 9am each day.
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