Kim Clijsters, Tom Brady Headline Group Shopping for MLP Pickleball Workforce

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 12, 2022 — An possession group headlined by 5-time NFL Tremendous Bowl MVP quarterback and entrepreneur Tom Brady and Former World No.1 tennis participant Kim Clijsters has bought an growth staff for the 2023 Main League Pickleball (MLP) season. The group, led by Knighthead Capital Administration, LLC, consists of co-founder of Knighthead Tom Wagner, acclaimed producer Matt Alvarez, Wall Road bond saleswoman Callie Simpkins, and monetary advisor Kaitlyn Kerr, who will function Normal Supervisor.

“Tom Brady, Kim Clijsters, and Knighthead Capital Administration are champions of their fields and can now be champions for Main League Pickleball,” stated MLP Founder Steve Kuhn. “What actually shines by means of in working with these superb people is their ardour for the game. We’re thrilled to welcome them to our unequalled roster of strategic companions, who’re individually and collectively instrumental in serving to us elevate skilled pickleball, showcase the enjoyment it brings to hundreds of thousands of individuals across the globe, and additional our ‘40 by 30’ marketing campaign – our mission to succeed in 40 million pickleball gamers by 2030.”

The growth staff is part of a three-pronged development plan for 2023, which can see 12 groups develop to 16, three occasions double to 6, and participant prize cash and payouts surpass $2M. MLP is the standard-bearer for pickleball in the USA, delivering the highest-quality and most fun expertise within the sport in addition to the biggest prize cash payouts per occasion to its gamers.

“After all, I’m excited on the funding alternative,” stated Clijsters, the six-time tennis Grand Slam Champion who usually performs pickleball with Simpkins and Kerr. “However what excites me essentially the most about changing into an MLP proprietor is that I get to assist form the way forward for pickleball, a sport I’ve come to like, with nice individuals – who additionally occur to be a few of my finest buddies. I’m thrilled to assist showcase skilled pickleball and make an affect on the game by means of my expertise gained within the prime ranges {of professional} tennis.”

With the funding from Clijsters, Simpkins, and Kerr, the brand new staff will even be 50% female-owned, a testomony to the league’s foundational mission of gender equality. MLP is considered one of, if not the one skilled sports activities league the place women and men compete on equal footing. Co-ed groups play two rounds of blended doubles, along with males’s and girls’s doubles, and will even have women and men face off towards one another in singles in a Dreambreaker™, a singular tiebreaker solely present in MLP.

The possession group provides much more credibility to MLP’s already stacked roster of high-profile house owners and strategic companions, who supply unparalleled experience throughout advertising and marketing, media, leisure, branding, and extra.

Different staff house owners and companions embody NBA icons LeBron James, Draymond Inexperienced, and Kevin Love, Tremendous Bowl Champion Drew Brees, entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk (Gary Vee), famed lecturer and analysis professor Brené Brown, co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks Marc Lasry, former World No.4 tennis participant James Blake, healthcare government Molly Joseph, and from Bravo’s Million Greenback Itemizing New York and Founder and CEO of Serhant, Ryan Serhant.

The 2022 MLP season finale will see 48 gamers descend on Columbus, Ohio from October 14-16 to compete for the biggest single-event prize purse ($319,000) within the historical past of pickleball, with the profitable staff taking dwelling $100,000. Followers can attend the occasion dwell at Pickle & Chill in Columbus or catch all of the motion on YouTube globally, MSG Networks in NY, NJ, CT, and PA (group play, quarterfinals and semifinals – Friday-Sunday) and CBS Sports activities Community (finals – Sunday at 7:30pm ET).


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