The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) announced today a new partnership with the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa as the award-winning resort will host the top 100 pickleball players in North Americaduring the PPA’s Foot Solutions Grand Slam (previously the Mesa Grand Slam) Feb. 16-21. With an exciting winning purse of $70,000, the tournament features the largest prize money payout in Arizona history and promises to be an unforgettable experience for pickleball enthusiasts.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio of brands with beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world, is no stranger to the sport of pickleball. Recently expanding their pickleball footprint, the property boasts 17 brand new professionally surfaced, world-class courts, including an expansive Center Court with a 400-person capacity, and has previously hosted US Pickleball Association Tournaments. PPA’s Foot Solutions Grand Slam will allow for 300 participants to safely compete during this week-long tournament for locals and visitors alike. Fans can attend the tournament and purchase their tickets at the link, here (priced at $10, limited attendance). Sponsoring the event is locally based Jigsaw Health known for their science-based dietary supplements, including Jigsaw Pickleball Cocktail®, an orange electrolyte beverage to help players boost their pickleball game.
The safety and health of event attendees is of paramount importance to JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge and PPA, and all possible precautions have been put in place. The resort stands by its COVID-19 response, “Marriott’s Commitment to Clean,” during these uncertain times and supports the PPA’s efforts to follow all CDC guidelines. Upon entry, all players, staff and spectators must pass a detailed health screening and receive a temperature check from a PPA official. Face coverings are required to be worn and will be enforced by PPA staff members.
JW Marriott Desert Ridge embodies the idea that, “Where there is energy, there is life” – a sentiment that avid pickleballers can easily identify with. For energetic visitors planning to leave it all on the court, JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge is offering discounted room rates for event participants. Go beyond the pickleball courts and enjoy 320 acres of luxury amenities, including two championship golf courses, tennis courts and fitness center, and activities for the entire family. For more information on JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, visit their website.
For more information on the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA), please visit ppatour.com.