Slinger Set to Release Pickleball Ball Launcher This Fall
June 9, 2022
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, June 07, 2022 — Connexa Sports Technologies Inc. (www.connexasports.com) is pleased to announce that its flagship consumer brand, Slinger (www.slingerbag.com), has successfully completed the beta test of its new Ball Launcher for pickleball. Slinger has built a strong consumer brand in racquet sports over the past two years with its innovative Ball Launcher for tennis, which debuted in 2020 and is on track to eclipse $20m in sales this fiscal year with year-to-date revenue growth of 66 percent.
This fall, the company will begin selling its Ball Launcher in pickleball commercially, which will be further enhanced by the Connexa Sports platform and ecosystem of leading video and AI technologies and software services, from AI analysis to live streaming and video content. “We are thrilled with the feedback we have received from the Pickleball Ball Launcher testers and look forward to soon launching officially into this exciting, high growth sport,” said Mike Ballardie, CEO of Connexa Sports.
“As we bring our Connexa Sports Watch, Play, Learn strategy to pickleball, we remain focused on what has led to our early success in tennis: a strong understanding of the consumer and an unwavering focus on delivering to them what they need and want.”
Dubbed “the fastest growing sport in America,” pickleball has been growing at a rate of 39 percent annually since 2019,1 and has nearly five million players in the US alone. Slinger rigorously tested its new pickleball Ball Launcher with enthusiasts, coaches, and pros of the sport to validate product-market fit for the sport over the past few months, just as it did with its tennis product pre-commercial launch.
“Pickleball is one of the most exciting sports from a commercial perspective at the moment, and our goal is to once again position Slinger and this Ball Launcher as a must-have product for enthusiasts,” continued Ballardie. “What is different this time around is the incredible technology we have acquired to build complimentary services and offerings alongside the bag itself.”