Dallas-based disco tribute band Le Freak will also perform during the largest-ever pickleball celebration at Brookhaven Country Club in November
A Guinness World Records attempt for the longest consecutive pickleball match, presented by Deep Eddy Vodka, will be also be staged on Pickleball Boulevard
Dallas – Singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips will perform on Championship Court on Friday evening, November 10 at the 2023 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships powered by Invited and the PPA Tour. Pickleball’s largest-ever tournament runs from November 5-12 at Brookhaven Country Club in Farmers Branch, an inner-ring suburb of Dallas.
"We are ecstatic to have Phillip Phillips, a pickleball fanatic himself, perform at the biggest event in our sport," said Mike Nealy, USA Pickleball Chief Executive Officer. "Not only is Phillip a musician whose work has garnered international acclaim, but he is also a member of the USA Pickleball community, so we couldn't think of anyone better to join us at this year's historic National Championships. We look forward to an incredible atmosphere on Pickleball Boulevard that will also be highlighted by the cover band, Le Freak. We're confident that fans will enjoy an event experience that promises to be unparalleled in our sport to date."
Winner of the 11th season of American Idol, Phillips rose to international fame with his coronation song and debut single, “Home,” which remains the best-selling song in series history and reached multi-platinum status in the United States and Canada. Recognized on numerous occasions for his work, Phillips has earned a host of major honors, including World’s Best Male Artist at the World Music Awards in 2012 and New Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards in 2013, and has performed this year alone at the National Memorial Day Concert and Stanley Cup Final, before making his Grand Ole Opry debut.
“I love playing pickleball, so I’m thrilled to be performing at such a historic event. It’ll be great to share my music with thousands of fans who appreciate this wonderful sport as much as I do. It’s going to be a special musical experience, and I can’t wait to give everyone on “Pickleball Boulevard” a show to remember,” said Phillips. “This tournament is a testament to pickleball’s remarkable growth across our country. I was hooked from the moment I picked up a paddle, and I know so many people who are just as passionate about hitting the court and competing as I am.”
Beloved Dallas-based disco tribute band Le Freak will also be performing at Nationals on Thursday, November 9. The self-proclaimed “Greatest Disco Band in the World” is renowned for its high-energy brand of danceable entertainment that promises to get pickleball fans in a festive and celebratory mood. Le Freak covers songs by such notable artists as Kool And The Gang, K.C. & The Sunshine Band, The Bee Gees, The Commodores, The Village People, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and Stevie Wonder.
Tickets for both Phillip Phillips and Le Freak are available at usapickleballnationals.com.
In addition to live musical entertainment, a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest consecutive pickleball match will be conducted along Pickleball Boulevard. Sponsored by Deep Eddy Vodka, the record attempt is planned to last for seven consecutive days and is projected to include over 1,000 participants divided into two teams competing in a doubles format. Sign-up slots of 60 minutes each will be made available at a later date, and participants will receive a Guinness World Records certificate and swag as a keepsake for their efforts.
“We are thrilled to sponsor this incredible attempt at a new Guinness World Record,” said Hannah Venhoff, Vice President of Deep Eddy Vodka. “Deep Eddy is all about creating memorable and fun experiences with friends and we can’t think of a better memory to take home from Nationals than saying we played a part in setting a world record! We’re proud to be the official vodka of the Professional Pickleball Association and wish all of this year’s competitors good luck.”
A record-setting 4,000-plus amateur and professional players will compete at Nationals on 65-plus courts for the biggest prize purse in event history, and more than 20,000 attendees are expected to take in the pickleball action and enjoy the festivities at Brookhaven, which is currently undergoing $5.3 million in transformative renovations and upgrades.
Individual tickets for Nationals, along with week-long passes, and tickets for pickleball clinics and select events on-site at Brookhaven are available now. Click here for purchase information. The event starts on Nov. 5 with clinics and other activities, while tournament competition will officially begin on Nov. 6.