We just caught our breath after an exciting month of pickleball! We saw incredible events from Major League Pickleball and the PPA Tour but the Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships held at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in beautiful Coachella Valley, CA is right around the corner! From December 7th to the 14th, many of the best players in the world will once again meet to see who will reign pickleball supreme and take home the title of ‘National Champion.’
Before we get into the pro divisions and who we think will walk out of CA wearing gold, we want to mention that this event is also packed full of amateurs of all ages. From fiery juniors all the way up to 85+, this event will play host to a wide range of athletes. We love this about pickleball! It creates such a unity in the sport, and allows the amateurs to rub shoulders, eat lunch next to, snap a selfie with, or at the very least be within an earshot of the greats. Maybe one day, when pickleball gets big enough, this will change but for now, it’s such a unique and great part of our game and something that we wholeheartedly embrace!
Our Predictions for the 5 Pro Divisions
Women’s Pro Singles Predictions
Anna Leigh Waters vs. Catherine Parenteau
Wildcard: Lea Jansen
Men’s Pro Singles Predictions
Tyson McGuffin vs. Zane Navratil
Wildcard: Tyler Loong
Women’s Pro Doubles Predictions
Catherine Parenteau/Jessie Irvine vs. Lucy Kovalova/Andrea Koop
Wildcard: Lea Jansen/Irina Tereschenko
Men’s Pro Doubles Predictions
Tyson McGuffin/Riley Newman vs. Matt Wright/Dekel Bar
Wildcard: Erik Lange/Wesley Gabrielsen
Mixed Pro Doubles Predictions
Lucy Kovalova/Matt Wright vs. Lindsey Newman/Riley Newman
Wildcard: Tyson McGuffin/Anna Leigh Waters
Whatever happens, whether we’re right or wrong, we can’t wait to watch all of these incredible athletes battle it out for the honor to be crowned National Champion.
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