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Author: Dave Fleming | April 16, 2024

OVERALL TOP 5:

  • GREAT 8: Federico Staksrud goes for a jaw dropping 8th consecutive men’s singles final.
  • CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’: 3rd of 4 consecutive weekends in April: NC to TX to Cali – Utah next week. 
  • MERRY GO ROUND: So many new partnerships – who will mesh and who will crumble?
  • MARY GO TO WHICH ROUND?: Mary Brascia is the #1 seed in singles (no AL or CP) – will she play on Sunday on her home courts? 
  • OPEN OPPORTUNITIES: Traditional Draw (singles on Thursday, mixed Friday, women’s and men’s doubles Saturday, finals Sunday).

VENUE/TOURNEY/TV:

  • Event #8 of the year – one of 15 Opens in 2024, with 1000 points up for grabs for the winners. 
  • Second visit to Los Cab where many pros train – was The Takeya Showcase at this venue last year, played in August. 
  • Coverage on Prime Video, PickleballTV, and Tennis Channel. 
  • Broadcast start times are 11AM Pacific Thursday through Sunday.  

WOMEN’S SINGLES:

  • Defending medalists: Black, Newell, Stratman
  • Welcome to the number 1 seed Mary Brascia, 2.0 – upset by Samantha Parker in Houston. 
  • Can Lea Jansen (2) go back-to-back after grabbing gold in Houston for her first win since 2021?
  • Is this the week Lauren Stratman (3) makes a deep run?
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Brooke Buckner (5) – took Houston off so she will be ready. 

MEN’S SINGLES:

  • Defending medalists: Joseph, Staksrud, JW Johnson
  • Martinez Vich (5) vs. Joseph (9) in consecutive weeks is possible – Joseph is defending his crown. 
  • Duong (8) grabbed his first ever PPA medal in Houston, can he back it up?
  • Donald Young (29) raced his way to the semis in Houston and is improving every week. 
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Federico Staksrud (2) is the man — can he make an 8th final?

MIXED DOUBLES:

  • Etta Wright won her first mixed title with Ben Johns, she’s the 12 seed with Connor Garnett. 
  • Is this Wimbledon? Sam Querrey and Genie Bouchard pair up as the 32 seed. 
  • Tina Pisnik has made two mixed finals in a row with Big D Dekel Bar, she’s the 8 seed with Collin Johns. 
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Anna Bright and Ben Johns (1) as they pair up for the first time – look out.

WOMEN’S DOUBLES:

  • Defending medalists: Waters/Bright, Smith/Kovalova, Jones/Black
  • Rachel Rohrabacher and Anna Bright (1) grabbed title #3 in Houston in dominating fashion.  
  • Vivienne David tries to make a final with yet another different partner – this time Emily Ackerman – they are the 7 seed. 
  • Can the Brascias defend home turf as the 8 seeds? They may face an early battle with team mom: Buckner and Pagegimaite (9).
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Lea Jansen/Lucy Kovalova – lots of firepower and versatility. 

MEN’S DOUBLES:

  • Defending medalists: Frazier/Johnson, Johns/Johns, Arnold/Wilson
  • The standard is the Johns brothers as they steamrolled their way to the Houston title, dropping but 4 points in the final. 
  • Fun pairing alert: Martinez Vich and McGuffin (4). 
  • Fun pairing alert 2: Garnett and Ge (7).
  • Fun pairing alert 3: Doc and talk – Shick and French (15). 
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Matt Wright and Thomas Wilson – Wright is right on the right and Wilson has the offense to dictate on the left. 

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