Vietnam Makes History As First-Time Host Of World Pickleball Championship

Vietnam is hosting the World Pickleball Championship for the 1st time with 300 players including international ones. This event aims to grow pickleball's popularity in Vietnam.
Vietnam will host the World Pickleball Championship

Vietnam will host World Pickleball Championship

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Vietnam will host the World Pickleball Championship (WPC) Series - Asia Pacific for the first time on April 3-9 at Resort Carmelina in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.
The WPC Series - Asia Pacific has 12 events conducted in a different nation. The event in Vietnam is the second stop in Asia, with eight more scheduled in Asia and four in Australia before the WPC finals.
The event in Vietnam will include 300 athletes, including 220 international players, competing in men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. The competition will also include categories based on age groups to meet the competitors' physical abilities.
Vietnam will feature numerous professional representatives, including tennis legend Trinh Linh Giang.
Pickleball is a racket or paddle sport played by two or four participants. Participants use paddles to smash a perforated, hollow plastic ball over a 34-inch (0.86-meter) net until one team fails to return the ball or violates a rule.
Between 1965 and 2020, pickleball became popular in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and it has since spread throughout the country. The sport was named the fastest-growing sport in the United States in 2021, 2022, and 2023, with an expected 4.8 million participants by 2023.
Pickleball was introduced to Vietnam in 2018, and it has grown significantly in recent years, with roughly 25 pickleball groups formed across the nation.
Luu Thuy Dung, a member of the organizing committee, underlined her dedication to ensuring the success of this important competition, to promote pickleball throughout Vietnam.
"I hope that this tournament will serve as a turning point for the development of the sport not only in Vietnam but also around the world," Dung said in a statement.
The final event of the WPC Series - Asia Pacific will also take place in Vietnam in January 2025.
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