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Author: Dave Fleming | February 1, 2024

OVERALL TOP 5:
  • 17K Gold – Anna Leigh Waters turned 17 on Jan 26 and has grabbed gold in every event she has entered since August. 
  • ONE A DAY: Traditional pickleball format (one event per day for the players until the Finals)
  • DOUBLE DESERT: First of two February events in the Phoenix area. 
  • YOU’VE BEEN SERVED: Modified serve rule test will continue.  
  • SINGLED OUT – Is the men’s field too deep for consistent winners? 
VENUE/TOURNEY:
  • Event #2 of the year – one of 15 Opens in 2024, with 1000 points up for grabs for the winners. 
  • Year 4 at JW Marriott Desert Ridge
  • Over 1,000 players participating.  
MEN’S SINGLES:
  • Defending medalists: Ben Johns, Federico Staksrud, Julian Arnold. 
  • Masters Champ Dylan Frazier not in the draw. 
  • Federico Staksrud (2) was two points from a Masters title, how does he rebound? 
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Ben Johns (1) – lost his first singles match of 2024, he will be focused. 
WOMEN’S SINGLES:
  • Defending medalists: Anna Leigh Waters, Catherine Parenteau, Lea Jansen
  • Parenteau is playing doubles events only.  
  • Singles specialist Salome Devidze is back and will be a factor. 
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Brooke Buckner– can the new mom back up her great Masters performance?
MIXED DOUBLES:
  • Defending medalists: Waters/Johns, Kovalova/Wright, Bright/Newman 
  • With Jack Sock not playing, Catherine Parenteau pairs with Christian Alshon (6) 
  • Youngster Jack Munro gets a big opportunity playing with Lea Jansen (16)
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Meghan Dixon and Tyson McGuffin (5) – great first tourney, how will second act go?
WOMEN’S DOUBLES:
  • Defending medalists: Waters/Parenteau, Jansen/Jones, Bright/David
  • Bright and Rohrabacher were a force at the Masters – the field has been warned
  • Sister act 2: Brascias and Kawamotos could battle again in the round of 16
  • WATCH OUT FOR: How do Kovalova and Smith (2) respond to their one-sided loss to Bright and Rohrabacher at the Masters? 
MEN’S DOUBLES:
  • Defending medalists: Johns/Johns, Newman/Wright, Johnson/Frazier
  • Team new Joola: Is this the week Bar and McGuffin (5) make a run?
  • Donald Young teams up for tournament #2 with Brandon French. 
  • Dylan Frazier and JW Johnson are not in the draw. 
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Pablo Tellez and Federico Staksrud (4) look to hit the podium. 

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