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STORYLINES FOR THE HERTZ GOLD CUP POWERED BY TIXR

Author: Dave Fleming | November 15, 2023

OVERALL TOP 5:
  • RACIN’ TO THE FINALS: Last chance to earn points to qualify for the PPA Finals in San Clemente 
  • PICTONA PART DEUX: PPA returns to Holly Hill for the 2nd time in ’23 (1st time was in March)
  • NO POPPA JIMMY: Sitting this one out
  • J DUB: JW Johnson looks for more medals after great results in Dallas (gold singles/silver men’s), but is a last-minute scratch from singles – tournament fatigue?
  • DURA-BALL: Players will have to adjust back to using the Onix Dura Fast 40 (X-40 in Dallas)
BROADCAST & VENUE HIGHLIGHTS (all times Eastern): 
  • Thursday-Saturday: Amazon Prime Video and PickleballTV.com 10:00am-6:00pm ET
  • Championship Sunday: Amazon Prime Video and PickleballTV.com 10:00am-6:00pm ET; Tennis Channel 2:30-4:30pm ET
  • The Pictona location in Holly Hill gets its name from combining Pic(kleball) and (Day)tona. 
MEN’S SINGLES:
  • MEDALISTS IN MARCH at Pictona: Ben Johns, Collin Shick, Pablo Tellez
  • Over 100 players competing in men’s singles – will we get another Shick-like performance?
  • Wow, top half of the draw: Johns (1), Garnett (4), Martinez Vich (9), Tellez (8) 
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Potential Frazier (11) vs. Alshon (6) matchup in the round of 16 
WOMEN’S SINGLES:
  • MEDALISTS IN MARCH: Catherine Parenteau, Lea Jansen, Salome Devidze
  • Parenteau beat Waters in March in the semis here but is sitting out singles, playing doubles
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Mary Brascia (3) – full of confidence after reaching the women’s doubles final in Dallas
MIXED DOUBLES:
  • MEDALISTS IN MARCH: Waters/Johns, Parenteau/McGuffin, Devilliers/Irvine
  • Big fella Siljestrom takes Big Poppa’s place next to Bright (7). 
  • Jorja Johnson/JW Johnson (3) – the only team to beat ALW/Ben Johns this year.  
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Smith/Frazier – can they rebound from a tough Dallas event?
WOMEN’S DOUBLES:
  • MARCH MEDALISTS: Waters/Parenteau, Schneemann/Jade Kawamoto, Jansen/Jones
  • A rested Lea Jansen plus Hurricane Tyra Black (7) are a dangerous duo. 
  • Allyce Jones/Lauren Stratman (5) – unique pairing, how will they fare?
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Bright and Jardim (4) – can they make a run?
MEN’S DOUBLES:
  • DEFENDING MEDALISTS: Johns/Johns, Arnold/Wilson, Johnson/Frazier
  • Dekel Bar is this week’s auditionee next to Riley Newman as the #4 seed
  • McGuffin/Brendan Long running it back – they won the St. George event in April over Bar/C. Johns
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Matt Wright and Travis Rettenmaier (3) – how will the “old” guard gel? 

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