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The Pickleball Slam is back for its second season with a slightly altered format and few new faces who’ll compete for a $1 million cash purse.

Instead of only singles matches, the new tournament structure will feature doubles matches with tennis legends and pickleball professionals. John McEnroe and Andre Agassi return once more after both competed in 2023, while female stars Maria Sharapova and Steffi Graff join them alongside pickleballers Jack Sock and James Blake.

Tennis and pickleball are very similar – although pickleball has a few quirks that differentiates itself, such as where players can stand when they hit the ball and names of specific areas on the court. 

The tournament celebrates arguably the fasted-growing sport in America. There are already two professional pickleball tours and one professional league: The Association of Pickleball Professionals, the Professional Pickleball Association and Major League Pickleball.

That’s a lot of pickleball.

Several high-profile athletes and celebrities have invested in the sport over the years, too: From LeBron James and Tom Brady to Drake and Michael B. Jordan.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch Pickleball Slam, including TV channels, live streams and more.

Pickleball Slam start time

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 4
  • Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

The second-ever Pickleball Slam will air on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

ESPN’s Chris Fowler, Andy Roddick and Michele McMahon will call the matches from the broadcast booth with Camryn Irwin courtside.

Who is participating in Pickleball Slam?

This year’s field includes some high-profile tennis players, some who are new to the event and some who competed in the inaugural event in 2023.

Three-time Wimbledon and four-time U.S Open winner John McEnroe and eight-time Grand Slam winner Andre Agassi are back this year. They’ll be joined by 22-time Grand Slam winner Steffi Graf and 10-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova.

Professional pickleball players and former tennis champions Jack Sock and James Blake and will also compete.

Pickleball Slam match schedule

Match 1: McEnroe/Blake vs. Agassi/Sock

Match 2: Sharapova/Blake vs. Graf/Sock

Match 3: McEnroe/Sharapova vs. Agassi/Graf

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