The La Quinta Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, CA just played host to one of the best events in the history of pickleball. The Hyundai Masters Pickleball Tournament showed the world that the sport of pickleball is no longer only your grandparents’ game, but a game that has evolved into a sport with elite athletes and tournaments that are looking more and more like Grand Slam tennis events. From the live streaming on YouTube and Facebook, to the finals airing on Fox Sports 2 nationwide, the PPA Tour and its leaders have built an undeniably professional organization that will change the trajectory of the sport of pickleball and its athletes.
The Masters gathered players from around the globe, and the PPA required players to wear all white, similar to what we’ve seen at Wimbledon and tennis tournaments for what seems like forever. To be honest, it looked clean, professional, and the white outfits popped on the all green courts with the California sun shining down on these accomplished athletes. It doesn’t hurt that pickleball is packed with bright smiles and contagious personalities that make it nearly impossible to root against anyone. That combined with passionate leadership seems to be a recipe for success that dare we say, can bake a masterpiece even in the kitchen!
Alright, alright. So who took home the gold? Who’s cemented in Masters history for all of eternity? Who are the masters of The Masters? Not surprisingly, we saw some familiar faces in the finals of the men’s, women’s, and mixed pro divisions.
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Pro Division Results
Men’s Pro Doubles
Ben Johns/Matt Wright def. Tyson McGuffin/Riley Newman
Bronze: Erik Lange/Dekel Bar
Women’s Pro Doubles
Catherine Parenteau/Jessie Irvine def. Irina Tereschenko/Lauren Stratman
Bronze: Lea Jansen/Vivienne David
Mixed Pro Doubles
Lucy Kovalova/Matt Wright def. Lindsey Newman/Riley Newman
Bronze: Anna Leigh Waters/Tyson McGuffin
Men’s Pro Singles
Ben Johns def. Tyson McGuffin
Bronze: JW Johnson
Women’s Pro Singles
Anna Leigh Waters def. Lea Jansen
Bronze: Catherine Parenteau
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