Today, the Pro Padel League (PPL) – North America’s first professional Padel league – is excited to announce that MATRIX PADEL has purchased the League’s sixth franchise located in Northwest Arkansas. The franchise is the first team in the United States based in the Midwest region of the country.
Purchased by Barbara Hudson, Shannon Hudson, and Johan Den Toom, the new Owners of MATRIX PADEL founded the MATRIX CLUB in Northwest Arkansas in 2021. A premier, member-based facility for Padel, pickleball, tennis, and group fitness, Hudson and Den Toom are committed to growing Padel, racquet sports and the fitness communities. Avid players of all the sports they offer at MATRIX, the MATRIX PADEL Owners met while playing tennis for the Razorbacks at the University of Arkansas in 2013 and were both ranked in the top five of their native countries during their junior tennis careers.
“Barbara, Shannon, and Johan are close friends of mine and we have been working together to promote Padel for many years. Their MATRIX Club is one of the top Padel and racquet facilities in North America.” said Marcos del Pilar, Commissioner of the PPL. “I am so excited to have them as the Owners of the first PPL team in the Midwest region of the U.S.”
“As a business owner, I am proud to be a part of the ground-breaking movement of professional Padel in North America. Acquiring one of the first teams in the Pro Padel League is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be at the forefront of this exciting sport and help shape its future,” commented Shannon Hudson, Team Owner of MATRIX PADEL. “I am eager to take on the challenge and bring the PPL to new heights in North America and eventually the rest of the world!”