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“We lost the two greatest women of our sport to pickleball” – Steffi Graf and Maria Sharapova joining Pickleball Slam 2 disappoints tennis fans

Tennis fans were left disappointed by the announcement of Steffi Graf and Maria Sharapova taking part in the upcoming Pickleball Slam 2.
The inaugural Pickleball Slam, which featured Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Andy Roddick and Michael Chang, enjoyed tremendous success. The event is now set to return for its second year.

 

 

The second edition of the Pickleball Slam will see the return of Agassi and McEnroe, who will be joined by fellow tennis legends Graf and Sharapova. Agassi and Graf will join forces against McEnroe and Sharapova for a $1 million purse.The rising popularity of pickleball, particularly in the USA, has been a cause for concern among fans over its potential negative impact on tennis. The recent announcement of Pickleball Slam 2 has only deepened the fans’ dismay.

 

 

One of the fans lamented the news of Maria Sharapova and Steffi Graf joining the second Pickleball Slam event, seeing it as a loss for tennis.”We lost the two greatest women of our sport to pickleball,” the fan tweeted.Another fan was disappointed with the news of Graf’s involvement given the 22-time Grand Slam champion’s absence from the tennis scene over the past two decades.

 

 

“Steffi not getting involved in the tennis world in any capacity for the past 20 years but doing this,” the fan commented.One user urged Sharapova to request a wild card into a WTA tournament instead of competing in the pickleball event.”Maria pick up the racket and request a main draw WC instead of Pickleball,” the user posted.

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