USPTA Signs Multi-Year Pickleball Deal with Selkirk Sport
August 24, 2023
LAKE NONA, FL, Aug. 24, 2023 — The United States Professional Tennis Association is pleased to announce a three-year agreement with Selkirk Sport. Per the agreement, Selkirk Sport will serve as the Official Pickleball Ball and the Official Pickleball Net of the USPTA.
“We are thrilled to partner with USPTA,” said Selkirk Sport Co-Founder and Co-CEO Mike Barnes. “As more tennis players try their hand at pickleball, we are excited to bring both awareness to the sport and Selkirk’s high-performance equipment to USPTA’s vast network of tennis professionals.”
Founded in 2014 by brothers Mike and Rob Barnes and their father Jim, Selkirk Sport entered the industry at a time when Google Trends indicated the sport was overtaking racquetball in popularity. Pickleball has continued to see adoption across the United States, with a Sports & Fitness Industry Association study naming an average growth rate of 158.6% over the past three years that marks it as America’s fastest growing sport. As pickleball’s growth skyrocketed and Selkirk Sport’s products met meteoric success, the company expanded equipment offerings that now include nets and balls.
“We are excited to partner with the top brand in pickleball,” said USPTA CEO John Embree. “We’re happy to present our members with the best in pickleball balls and nets, and we are grateful to have Selkirk Sport back our efforts to support teaching in one of the world’s fastest growing sports.”