Pickleball is the world’s fastest growing sport. Here’s what the top pros make.

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Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America. It has amassed legions of recreational players across a range of diverse ages. According to pickleheads.com, the sport has seen an astronomical YoY growth of 158.6%. 

Players become interested in the sport because the game is accessible to various age groups. “It doesn’t matter how old you are or how young you are there is a place in this game for you and if you want to be an advanced great player all you have to do is keep playing,” Rick Dunn, pickleball player out of the Parkersburg City Park, said. 

For top-tier athletes, pickleball is more than just a game. The best players can take home over $1 million annually through a diverse combination of appearance fees, prize money, and sponsorship deals. 

Major League Pickleball is a team-based league and one of three professional pickleball tours. They project their 2023 prize money to total $5 million, with the highest-earning player winning $125,000 across their first three events of the year.  

In the best-case scenario, a player could make approximately $300,000 yearly from appearance fees, contract minimums, and tournament winnings, as reported by the MLP.

The two other leagues are the Professional Pickleball Association and the Association of Pickleball Players. In 2022, the average PPA pro earned about $96,000 in payouts, according to the league. 

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