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October 5-8, 2023
GUARANTEED RATE PPA CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY THORLO

STORYLINES: OS1ST NORTH CAROLINA OPEN PRESENTED BY INTRALINKS

OVERALL TOP 5:
  • SOCK IT TO ME: Tennis star Jack Sock makes his PPA Tournament debut.
  • NOT YOUR USUAL 1st TOURNEY PARTNERS: Sock will play with AL Waters in mixed and Tyson McGuffin in men’s – not too shabby!
  • MIXED TV: ESPN2 will show the mixed final at 6pm Eastern on Sunday, May 7
  • TRIPLE REPEAT?: Catherine Parenteau was a triple crown winner in NC in ’22 – can she back that up this year with different partners (Waters for Jansen, McGuffin for Newman)
  • SHER-BEAR 2.0: Can Ryan Sherry defend his crown in a men’s singles draw that features over 80 players, including local favorite Collin Shick?
VENUE/EVENT:
  • LARGEST TOURNEY IN NC HISTORY: 920 players in ’23 up 15% from 2022.
  • Life Time Charlotte hosts this tourney for a 2 nd consecutive year.
  • Standing room-only crowds are expected.
MEN’S SINGLES:
  • Defending medalists: Ryan Sherry, Julian Arnold, Tyson McGuffin
  • James Ignatowich and Dylan Frazier are back in the singles draw – Ben Johns is not (or in any event).
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Collin Shick – he rocked the PPA with his run from the “quallies” all the way to the finals at Daytona.
WOMEN’S SINGLES:
  • Defending medalists: Catherine Parenteau, Lea Jansen, Callie Smith
  • Anna Leigh Waters returns from a month off.
  • Judit Castillo has been making some noise in singles.
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Catherine Parenteau – she wants to prove that she is truly the queen of these courts.
MIXED DOUBLES:
  • Defending medalists: Parenteau/Newman, Kovalova/Wright, Irvine/Arnold
  • What does tourney #2 for Riley Newman and Allyce Jones look like?
  • Interesting pairing of Callie Smith and Dekel Bar – how will they fare?
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Jorja and JW Johnson – coming in hot after winning in Newport.
WOMEN’S DOUBLES:
  • Defending medalists: Parenteau/Jansen, Kovalova/Smith, Jones/Dizon
  • AL Waters is undefeated in women’s doubles in ’23 and is paired with Parenteau.
  • Anna Bright takes the court with newcomer and fellow Cal Bear teammate Vivian Glozman.
  • WATCH OUT FOR: Meghan Dizon and Jorja Johnson – both players are at the top of their games and will be an offensive force.
MEN’S DOUBLES:
  • Defending medalists: Newman/Wright, Loong/McGuffin, Dawson/Taylor
  • No Johns – JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier come in confident having won at Newport.
  • Lots of interesting partnerships: Dawson/Bar, Koller/Arnold, and Hewett/Alshon
  • WATCH OUT FOR: the lefty/righty pairing of Loong and Ignatowich – will they find some chemistry?

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