Maria Sharapova and John McEnroe will team up against Andre Agassi and his ex-wife Steffi Graf in Pickleball Slam 2 to compete for a purse of one million dollars. The match will take place in February 4, 2024 at the world-famous Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and live on ESPN.
The first Pickleball Slam took place in 2023. Here is a video of the match.
How will the Pickleball Slam unfold
To best understand the next Pickleball Slam, let's take a look at the event's description. "Get ready to witness the electrifying sequel of the century, The Pickleball Slam 2!
Four World #1 ranked players and multi-Slam Champions will compete for a $1m purse. John McEnroe and Maria Sharapova will team up to take on Andre Agassi and Stephanie Graf. They have combined for 42 Grand Slam titles – but who will take home the Pickleball Slam 2? Don’t miss your chance to witness the unrivaled precision and fierce determination of these all-time greats.
Clear your schedule for February 4, 2024, 8:30 PM EST, where ESPN will bring you the live action straight from the world-famous Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida," reads the even't description. Pickleball gains more and more popularity, especially in the United States.
Among tennis stars, James Blake and Noah Rubin are just a couple of players known for their involvement in the sport. Naomi Osaka also invested in pickleball. James Blake felt a bit bitter when Kim Clijsters also announced her involvement in pickleball.
"Welcome to the league, Kim Clijsters. I started as the best athlete of the owners. Then Drew Brees came along. But at least I stayed the best tennis player. Now I’ve got nothing," wrote James Blake on Twitter."Thanks for the welcome," Clijsters replied along with a laughing emoji.
Clijsters talked about her decision to invest in pickleball. “Of course, I’m excited at the investment opportunity. But what excites me the most about becoming an MLP owner is that I get to help shape the future of pickleball, a sport I have come to love, with great people – who also happen to be some of my best friends.I’m thrilled to help showcase professional pickleball and make an impact on the sport through my experience gained in the top levels of professional tennis," Clijsters said.