MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Mark your calendar for Sept. 30! The 1st Gulf Coast Paddle & Racket Battle, a UTR and UTRP-sanctioned pickleball and tennis tournament benefiting the American Heart Association, is coming to the Daphne Tennis and Pickleball Complex in Daphne, Ala.

Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association.

The tournament features Men’s and Woman’s Doubles and Junior’s singles competitions. Coastal Alabama Community College and the University of West Florida’s tennis teams will also be competing in the battle.

How to register:

Use these links to register for tennis and pickleball competitions.

Register for Pickleball HERE

Register for Tennis HERE

Entry fees are $69 per player.

Admission to the event is free.

Vendors and Food Trucks


We will be raffling off some great items at the competition.

  • DIADEM Tour Elevate Duffel Bag 
  • DIADEM Warrior Edge Paddle
  • DIADEM Elevate V3 Racket 
  • Stihl Garden Pruner sponsored by JBT Power
  • Coffee bean gift basket sponsored by Summer Moon

Raffle tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5

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The event is presented by WKRG & Hargrove Engineers & Constructors.


  • Can I register for both tennis and pickleball? No, tennis or pickleball registration only
  • Is this a sanctioned tournament? Yes, UTR/UTRP-sanctioned ratings tournament
  • Must I have a rating from Universal Tennis to play in the tournament (UTR and/or UTRP)? Yes, you get your free rating from You can also download the Universal Tennis App.
  • What is the tournament format? Pickleball: UTRP Men’s and women’s doubles. Tennis: Men’s, women’s and junior’s open doubles and singles.
  • What is the minimum age to register and play in the tournament? 9-years-old.
  • What is the weather reschedule date? Oct. 1, 2023.
  • How many regulation courts? 10 outdoor tennis courts and 12 outdoor pickleball courts.
  • Is player registration payment refundable? No, the registration payment is a donation benefiting the American Heart Association and non-refundable.
  • Restrooms on site? Yes.
  • Food and beverages on site? Yes.
  • What if I don’t want to miss the Georgia vs. Auburn game on CBS? Don’t worry! There will be an SEC party held under a tent starting at 2:30 p.m. JBT Power is sponsoring the game.

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