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Major League Pickleball, DC Pickleball team to host city’s first tournament in Southeast

Major League Pickleball (MLP by Margaritaville) and the D.C. Pickleball Team (DCPT) will host the city’s first-ever league event at the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (WTEF) in Southeast from June 13 to 16.

The four-day MLP Washington D.C. event will showcase the best pickleball professionals with 34 co-ed team matches, including six featuring the hometown D.C. Pickleball Team. The festival-style event will feature food, drinks, music, and an amateur pickleball tournament. Local and national sponsors will participate in the fun.

"Being able to bring an MLP event to DC is a major step forward in our mission to be a beacon of positivity and lasting impact in our community," said Adam Behnke, Chief Operating Officer of D.C. Pickleball Team.

One lucky fan can win a VIP ticket package for the event through an Instagram contest running until June 9.

DCPT joined the MLP ahead of the 2023 season and won the franchise’s first-ever MLP championship on November 5, 2023, in Dallas.

"Hosting an MLP event in Ward 7 is in alignment with WTEF's goal to provide our community with awareness and access to healthy lifestyle activities," said John Borden, President & Chief Executive Officer of WTEF. "Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America and it's WTEF's responsibility to make sure our community can participate and benefit from its growth.

The current roster includes James Ignatowich, world ranked number 3 in pickleball; Rachel Rohrabacher, former D1 tennis star at the University of South Carolina and MLP Champion; Dekel Bar, former pro tennis player; and Allyce Jones, former Utah Valley University's Female Athlete of the Year, and now pickleball's most energetic athlete.

Buy tickets HERE or learn more about the amateur tournament HERE.


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