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Come cheer on the best players in Arkansas

With the largest prize purse in Arkansas, 103.7 THE BUZZ and Little Rock Athletic Club are bringing together top-ranked pickleball players from all over the state for the second annual Pickleball's Best of the Best State Championship.

This two day by invitation only event will determine who's the best in men's, women's, singles, doubles, mixed, married couple and new this year, 50+ and 65+. Are you?

50+ and 65+ divisions on Thursday, August 22. Open division on Friday, August 23.

event specifics

  • team makeup

    Clubs and organizations are invited to send their best players to compete in an "Open" event. While it is up to the individual pickleball communities to determine how they qualify their teams, it is highly encouraged that competitors be "regular" members of the club or organization they represent. New this year, 50+ and 65+ divisions will compete Thursday, August 22. On Friday, August 23, any age may play but the expectation is that men and women will have DUPR ratings of 4.5+ and 4.0+, respectively. Players may play up to four events. Each local club / organization is guaranteed one entry per event. Depending on the number of entries, wildcards may be available. $50 entry fee per player will be charged for this event.

  • tentative event schedule

    All play will be held indoors at the Little Rock Athletic Club Pickleball Facility.

    • Thursday, August 1 - Last day for clubs/organizations to rsvp their players
    • Thursday, August 22 - 50+ and 65+ divisions
    • Friday, August 23 - Open division

    Start times will be posted at a later date but please allow for all day play on both Thursday and Friday

  • format and rules
    • This is a double elimination tournament and matches will consist of 2 out of 3 games to 11, win by 2.
    • Losers bracket will be 1 game to 15.
    • While this is an unsanctioned event, USA Pickleball Rules of Play will be in effect and all paddles must be certified.
  • food, beverage, swag and fans

    All entrants will receive a goodie bag in keeping with a "Best of the Best" tournament as well as a food and beverage credit from the Little Rock Athletic Club's Blue Court Grill. Spectators and cheerleaders are welcome to watch free of charge from a second story view of the courts in the Club's Tennis Lounge. A limited menu of breakfast items, apps, sandwiches, snacks, drinks and adult beverages will be available for purchase at the Grill throughout the event.

  • Prize payout

    50+ and 65+ divisions

    • Best of the Best trophy

    Open division

    • Singles event winners - $1000 per player + Best of the Best trophy
    • Doubles event winners - $1000 per team + Best of the Best trophy

2023 winners

Men's Singles - Johan den Toom (Matrix)

Women's Singles - Katie Gaines (Matrix)

Men's Doubles - Johan den Toom and John Hysell (Matrix)

Women's Doubles - Katie Gaines and Shannon Hudson (Matrix)

Mixed Doubles -Johan den Toom and Shannon Hudson (Matrix)

Married - Johan den Toom and Shannon Hudson (Matrix)

If you'd like to see all match results for the event, click here.

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