welcome back to the PGA Orange County Cup in San Clemente California bringing you all the live action here at the beautiful Lifetime Fitness GTA assigned a long-term contract with the lifetime fitnesses Across the Nation so you're gonna see us at a lot of these beautiful videos.
It was a great process working together with the team to put together the Orange County cup we believe that this facility is going to be a pinnacle stop on the tour not just because of the venue but because of the fans and everybody else is coming out and the energetic feel that they bring to the court the players love it the facility is great the town.
Is supportive we love San Clemente obviously for us it was a new experience it was our largest Professional Event ever in the state of California and it was the largest event a professional event in Southern California as well so I mean I think that's the coolest thing pickleball is Young I build up who the best players are that's what's happening.
Until you see the pros play it's a completely different game and they hit the ball so fast at each other so it's so fun to see that excitement and when you watch pickleball you want to play Pickleball so as far as an outcome of an overall tournament um I would say this one's probably been.
The best one so far on the PPA tour one thing I love about us and our team is our motto is to just get a little bit bigger and a little bit better every single time and as you could tell the stands were packed the matches were incredible we had some of the best matches that we've seen so far on the PPA tour Anna Lee and Lee were fantastic.
All weekend Simoni and Lucy they play the lights out I mean we were just super blessed to have the best players in the world complete competing and our team we did a great job being able to create that platform for them to Excel and also for the fans to be able to come and enjoy tournaments.
What an exchange keep it Anna Lee back on that Baseline finally able to approach the net and how about that winner.
John there it is.
Charging foreign pickleball to me is a lot of things I mean I've been so up and down with my emotions through pickleball through my whole career Annalee is sometimes my.
Coach I'm sometimes annalize coach but we always have that common goal of winning I feel like pickleball is helping people with mental health because it's a way for them just to like not think about anything and just go out and have fun you know helping each other emotionally and we're a true team we don't argue we don't fight and I think.
That's why we've been so successful foreign doubles Champion Annalee Waters her mother Lee Waters brilliant brilliant pickleball from the mother-daughter combo congratulations that is as good as it gets.
So happy I was here to uh call it alongside foreign ature and the best in pickleball coming together here this weekend here at the tennis club at Newport Beach 41 courts.
880 players all vying for championships foreign is finally here and so is the new era of pickleball new nukes the Battleground no yes.
ladies and gentlemen boys and girls pickleball fans welcome back we are back up and running here at The Baird wealth management PPA Texas open and we've moved indoors for you all the weather proved to be a little bit of a fact I was talking about it earlier it finally started to rain and.
Quartz ended up being a little too slick so we are now here at the Oasis pickleball and Tennis Club Under The Roof we've got eight courts and Lorenzo took the first game 11-2 and then Dawson and design came back grabbed the second 11-8 so we are now in game three deciding game to see who.
Takes this match and a little bit of a different feel obviously the weather is not as much of a factor under the roof that being said it's a different kind of feeling a different perception you know we've got some fans that are sitting on the court.
To the side off to your left and then some a wreck uh sorry an amateur match being played to the right side so a little bit of a different Stadium Court feeling but we're making this our new stadium Court we're making it work and Newman and parento are leading 3-0 in game two game three rather see if design and Dawson.
Can put the pressure on yeah that's a good Mark by Design and what she's been doing so well is keeping Newman honest earlier in the match she wasn't doing that as much but she's now gone down the line a few times we're going to look for her to do that again folks this is Clark Benassi and I am joined alongside my good buddy Dave.
Weinbach Dave how you doing man and just came off a tough tough gold medal match in the men's Senior Pro we pulled it out but let's watch the end of this point Barry Waddell and I took on my buddies from Utah Jason Perry and cord Robbins and it was about 11-9 in the third so that clears the way for mixed doubles Pro to take on Center Court here what a.
Great crowd we have all day here Clark yeah this is awesome Dave wow I really didn't know whether to call that in or out I thought Megan's ball clipped the net and actually went out I thought so I thought so as well and I didn't think Riley would even gonna hit the ball but once he hits it it doesn't.
Call it out you got to play that yep oh that's the shot that Riley's worked so hard on these last year he used to not be able to attack very well on his forehand and now he's rolling that topspin doesn't hit it super hard right but he places it so well yes he does got a ball in the court here so correctly uh the ref saw that players.
See it and as soon as you see that folks you gotta say ball so everybody stops so no one gets hurt exactly yeah as we mentioned we've got a different Stadium Court feeling now with an amateur match going on right to our right yeah Riley's got to be really careful with bringing Pace to the Gallant Dawson.
Backhand Dawson probably with the best counter backhand in the game and I mean out of every Pro I think when you drive it to his backhand he's the best counter because he sits there and with this new paddle that has an unbelievable amount of Pop he can really hurt you on that counter so if you drive it to calendar you got to get.
It to the right side of his body not there yeah Dave you mentioned the pop that calendar possesses Megan design his partner using the same paddle just a slightly different shape yes certainly makes them a lot more lethal in those firefight exchanges.
And Riley's gonna want that one back Megan hung it up for him but he couldn't convert sitting at one five one we'll see if Dawson the design can claw their way back into this third game they've done such a good job of keeping it close and sending it to a third but the job's not done yet.
Yeah Megan recently going to the same uh Pro Kinex black Ace panel with a lot of power I played some Rec games with her this summer in Utah and that's when I saw a lot of not necessarily missing it but the ball rocketing sure off that paddle and we are playing against her and you get a fire fight it's hard to anticipate how.
Fast that ball comes back to you yes not for everybody though Clark you got to have soft hands if you're gonna play a pedal like that yep because the third shot drops and the dinks are much tougher yes oh it's too good from Riley he does such a good job of sliding into the middle and Catherine of course does a great job.
Of giving him the space to do so so these players will switch sides at six so a 6-1 early commanding lead for Newman and parental and these players will switch sides and Riley and Catherine will serve now from the south and here at the Oasis Beach and Tennis Club in Rockwall Texas.
A place that used to be a tennis club more than a pickleball Club Clark when I first started coming here and now it is all pickleball baby isn't that crazy all over the country that's amazing such a testament to the growth of the sport that's a rare forehand Miss yeah this juncture in the match you just can't afford that Dave.
Oh I'm not sure why design went from the kitchen line all the way back to the Baseline there during that fire fight yeah I've noticed a couple times she's giving herself almost too much space between that kitchen line and you know we talk about having your feet planted as close to that line as possible because it's opening up the angle for.
You to hit downwards the further back you go obviously the more time you have this to see the ball the tougher it is to make that shot look at the defense wow great anticipation by Newman expecting that ball going back to Catherine's side moved early Dawson didn't see it and what a finish on that.
Newman gamma forehand oh he doesn't miss that very often he's actually better at it on his backhand than his forehand because his his left wrist your left hand kind of Cups and takes over and he's able to bend the ball left to right that time it didn't bend enough wow.
And there it is folks I mean you know Dave we talked about Riley really sliding into the middle as much as possible to take over get big and be aggressive and he did so there that's really the big difference I noticed but they were tighter Catherine and Riley on their dinks we'll be right back after a couple messages stay right here we're in.
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Treat our own family and work extra hard to get you the lowest low rate possible because if you believe you will foreign should have made that one Megan hit a good speed up I should have made it uh.
Just had to clean it up and Catherine's really played well that third game and uh happy to be moving on to the semis we got one more to go we'll talk about those momentum swings how important they are in pickleball in game three you guys really focused on playing fast channeling the momentum how important is that oh it's so important I think um in.
The second game they kind of had like they were the ones being aggressive kind of dictating the play and I think what we did I mean Riley was just all over the place in the third game and just being super aggressive so I think it's huge for sure well guys how hard is it to have to start out in another Court get delayed ask to come back out have to.
Leave again all these different changes that are going on with the weather and then to come into this new Center Court and play in front of this makeshift audience we put together how do you say mentally focused yeah it's definitely a little unusual but I mean in pro pickleball you don't know what's gonna happen you don't know where you're gonna.
Play if it's under a roof under it's a the stadium big court so we're just happy to be here uh you know second time in Texas this year so we're pumped the crowd is uh slowly getting after it here they're uh it's a little colds but they're they're feeling it so Catherine and I we're happy to be here I bet they're gonna get pumped for that.
Semifinal later guys good luck in that one thank you foreign tegrate is a Data Center and Cloud integration company providing Peak Performance with adaptability and cost.
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Got a great matchup for you guys today it is Ben Johnson Anna Lee Waters taking on Spencer Smith Annelise Jones in this amazing quarterfinal matchup my name is Clark Benassi I'm excited to be here with you all today bringing you live action from the Pro mix doubles Friday.
We have moved our Championship Court from outside to Under The Roof very thankful of course that this facility provides the infrastructure to be able to do so and it certainly can't be easy on the players having to adjust to all these different changes rain delays the potential for rain delays moving courts back and forth having.
Other matches now being played right next to them but these players have been there they've seen it they've done it and they both look ready to go of course Ben and Anna Lee will be the favorites coming into this matchup it is almost strange if you don't see the two of them winning a gold medal.
Match so we're excited to get going and Spencer Smith and Elise Jones are going to have to do everything in their power to stop this fast-paced train of Ben Johnson Annalee and Spencer Smith and Elise Jones played together quite a bit they played together in DC great to see their.
Partnership continuing here and a sharp looking Duo too both wearing the white and black they must have called each other last night and said let's let's team up let's partner up and boy let's look the same too intimidate the other team if we can here we go folks and ladies and gentlemen I'm joined.
Alongside me my good friend and co-commentator Dave Weinbach Dave good to be back here we are at the Oasis Beach and Tennis Club why it's called a beach club is beyond me it is an oasis though Dave and that's a great shot from all these Jones how about that I love how Elise was watch.
How she's all the way up the line on this replay and cuts off the angle yeah a lot of players make the mistake of going backwards there and then they get way off the court I like how she leaned it and cut off the angle not too good from Spencer there and he's got a wicked forehand obviously comes from a tennis background not a ball you.
Want to give him Dave Spencer very tough on both sides you know I think his backhand's very underrated when I play against him I actually hit it more to his forehand oh right on cue Spencer yeah there we go he does make more errors off his forehand than he does his backhand sure coming from a division one tennis background he loves the hard.
Shots the drives the volleys the punches not as comfortable with the softer stuff yeah it's a great misdirection from Ben there yeah when you give Ben an attackable ball like that that's high he can take it any direction any spin any location and he pace wow that's such good playing from.
Spencer and then a great job from Elise to get out of the way of that ball I love the footwork from Spencer and Elise to start off it's going to need to be fast paced in order to have any chance of defeating this star-studded Duo I like how Elisa was keeping John's honest and going behind him once in a.
While not every shot but you got to keep him honest that's gonna sail wide the problem when you play Anna Lee and Ben is there's no safe place to go nope not at all people it let's wait till this Point's over here yeah they clipped the line oh people ask me all the time when you.
Play Annalee what's your weakness how do you pick on her and the answer is there is no weakness no no her backhand think is money she never misses a forehand tank her counter both on the forehand and the backhand is unbelievable so you can't really speed it up to her unless you get the ball really down she's got a great overhead.
I mean there is no weakness in the Anna Lee toolbox nope not at all and neither is there one in Ben John's toolbox Annalee off the court wow I thought it was going out but what Ben does so well we talk about it a lot Dave is has that Top Spin kind of roller to his game so when he pokes out you think the ball's gonna Sail Out and it.
Ends up dipping in we'll be right back with you folks with more great live action here people look at the orchard security guy and go what a joke he's got electrolytes on his chest he's got electrolytes in his squirt gun.
Do I look like I'm a joke it's not funny to me hold on the most important part about Tuesday night pickleball at the orchard is the net every Tuesday 4 30 a.m you're sleeping I'm not I'm measuring the height I'm measuring the length I'm measuring the circumference.
And I'm measuring the tension who does tension we do ladies and gentlemen pickleball fans welcome back wow the benefit of spitting up balls like that even though they're below the net because she knows if that counter comes back to John's anywhere he's.
Getting it so it's such a huge Advantage for playing with Ben knowing and trusting he is going to be there for the counter yes yeah she can speed up a lot of balls that a lot of other players can't not only are they a good team but she's really attacking a lot of balls that most other players wouldn't be able to.
So they have a lot of advantages going for them Dave oh wow then working on a lot of different shots today that I haven't seen him don't do before like yeah that shot right there that was two feet below the net normally he would not flick that with his two-handed backhand but today in this particular match I see him being.
Much more aggressive than I've ever seen him in mixed doubles to be honest yeah that's not going to work against Anna Lee we were just talking about earlier how if you speed the ball up to her you better get the ball below the net or you were going to pay a steep price yes yes like that.
I like how he made her really lift the ball there that's the mentality I have when I'm dinking Clark my home in town we all know we want to keep the dinks unattackable but my mentality is I want to force my opponent to always have to lift the ball to get over the net that's how I visualize it in my brain when I'm hitting the shot is I don't.
Care if they take it out of the air that's fine as long as they have to lift the ball over the net that's how I visualize it yeah too much from Elise there if you guys are just joining us off to a quick start here in the first game it's ten one one with two game points for Ben and Anna Lee against.
Spencer Smith and Elise Jones I think that's one of the reasons Ben's being super aggressive is I don't think he wants to be on this court for a long period of time look at him go after that serve Clark wow Annalee almost followed up with a nice.
Pouch caught it a little too heavy and the ball will go back to Spencer and Elise this is a quarterfinal matchup and it's Pro mix doubles day here at the PPA Texas open presented by Baird Wealth Management we are outside the Dallas area at Oasis tennis and pickleball Club.
And there is a rare unforced air in the net by the Anna Lee Waters forehand and that's going to sell just long Elise Jones trying to get that ball very deep in the court and keep a lot of pressure on her opponent and the wind just took that a little deep.
Spencer's gonna miss the forehand two ball lengths foreign didn't think Anna Lee had to hit that ball I thought that ball was going to sail two feet long yeah she loves that two-handed backhand attack and she can't resist it there's that one-two punch we're seeing.
By Ben all match long where he flicks that backhand right into Elise Jones chest he knows she's a good Defender yes but she's not getting an offensive shot off of it nope and that's all it took for Ben Natalie to take game one we'll be right back after a couple here at the Texas open.
A lot of us miss hit the ball I know I missed hit the ball a lot um foreign has more taste than only one more calorie than Michelob Ultra pickleball fans welcome back to game two of this quarterfinal matchup here at the.
PPA Texas open yep that is correctly called wide I feel like John's gets a lot more Top Spin off this Yola Hyperion paddle that he did with his previous paddle yeah it's incredible how some of his attacks as Pacey as they are still end up falling into the court and don't Sail Out.
There's annalize serving it zero one one wow wow what an incredible point absolutely unreal from all four players on this court Yeah Anna Lee just picked the wrong spot to drive that ball right at the Spencer Smith backhand I think she was trying to get it down the middle.
And just pulled it a little bit but she got the ball she wanted oh wow at least Jones just has to do more with that first volley yes she knows they're gonna come at her so I think what she has to do in that first volley is get the ball more in front of her body and get her upper body more moving forward sure and hit a more.
Aggressive punch Folly and try to get the ball not only with more Pace but get the ball down like that that's too good from Spencer and Elise Jones I have to fight fight long lengthy points in order to really claw their way back into this match well they just got a freebie there so that is gonna help.
Their cause I gotta lead here for the first time uh Smith's dink hung up a ball too high and that's all it takes with phenomenal players yes just a half a ball too high makes a shot very attackable oh I've been Smiles a little bit missed that he knows.
He usually makes that one in his sleep I mean he makes every shot the win really held that ball up it didn't come to him like he thought it was going to come there now it's gonna sail Way Long off the Smith forehand so that'll give them a side out serving here at one three after easily capturing.
Game one in an aggressive fashion there's the volley that I think she's got to do on that first one oh that's a terrific read what a gutsy shot I love that call that talk about ice in the veins yeah he saw John's leaning middle I believe that ball was correctly called.
Long that was right in front of us Clark and I saw it long yeah it was a hair long and Annalee did call it right away even though Elise Jones yelled yeah thought that was out as well yeah that's too good from Elise Jones one of the things though Dave that I'm noticing is Spencer and Elise and you touched on it earlier when they get.
Those High balls they've got to put more Pace on them they gotta try to put their opportunities away if you don't against a good team like this even if you take one or two miles an hour off of that attack you're gonna allow them to get back into the point they can't afford any second chances yeah thanks gonna fall a little flat.
From Spencer and Spencer and Elise now three two two still have a lead here in the second game we'll see if they can potentially extend the lead wow wow what athleticism four players there incredible touch Spencer and Elise.
I'd like to see at least get aggressive like that you can't just be a Defender oh I mean yeah nice shot with that lob Jones a little upset with herself there knowing she hung that dink up about two balls too high and it gave Ben all kinds of choices.
None of them good for her no wow and you thought Elise was maybe gonna die for that which she's known for but it's a little too far out of her reach what an incredible dig there by Smith on that John's forehand overhead he had as hard as he possibly could of that heavy Yola Hyperion that.
Generates a lot of pace and Spencer needing a break after that point so that's a timeout and with that time I will take our own break we'll be right back folks hey uh Katie could you pass me that creamer why don't you just come into the kitchen and get the creamer I can't I can't come.
In the kitchen sure you can oh I really can't you can come into the kitchen as long as you don't hit the ball out of the air all right that's why I stay out of kitchens.
Ladies and gentlemen welcome back to the beard wealth management PPA Texas open we're here at the Oasis Club in Rockwall Texas just out wow and what a point I am Clark Benassi joined alongside Dave Weinbach and Dave what a great matchup we've got to bring the fans today this is a quarterfinal matchup where obviously.
Here on a Friday it's Pro mix doubles day and I mean talk about Firepower Ben Johns and Anna Lee waters are just bringing it it looks like they just stepped out on the court they're so fresh this is as aggressive as I've ever seen them play uh a match kind of neat to see them try different.
Different formations different shots different spins they're utilizing stuff I haven't seen before Clark and I've seen them as much as anybody and I've got a lot of other great quarter final matches to bring to you here live oh great move there by Smith reading.
That ball right next to us we have Lee Waters the mother of Annalee Waters along with Tyson McGuffin taking on the Wichita tandem of Lucy kovalova Slovakian special teaming up with her usual mixed doubles partner Matt Wright so we'll try to get an update on that score as well definitely yeah two great matches going on in front.
Of us oh I've gotta be kidding me filthy unbelievable unbelievable what they did so well there was not panic right I mean back of the Court off the court and they just relied on their drop their ability to knock that ball into the kitchen work their way back into it and then wow what a gutsy gutsy shot by.
Anna Lee no are you kidding oh unreal smiles from all players as you watch this again Smith with a great ATP Anna Lee reads it anticipates it it's sitting on her forehand for the Cross Court winner and after that Exchange.
Another time out as we have the Annalee and Ben John smiling tour we'll be right back my name is Catherine parento and I've been playing pickleball for almost six years I travel a lot to play in tournaments I'm always on.
Planes and I see a lot of people when I travel I need to make sure that I stay healthy I need to support my immune system so that's the reason why I use the pure weight C plus foreign I felt like I had to always drink water over and over but I still felt a little.
Bit dizzy by the end of the day but once I tried to incorporate more electrolytes in my daily life it really helped me out my favorite thing about the pickleball cocktail is the flavor it tastes great I drink the pickleball cocktail every morning to make sure that I stay hydrated throughout the whole day it's important to drink first thing in the.
Morning if you wait until you play you usually it's too late you start feeling dehydrated when it comes to hydration don't wait before it's too late ladies and gentlemen pickleball fans welcome back to the PPA Texas open we're live from the Oasis Club in Rockwall just outside Dallas and Ben Johnson Italy Waters her standing right in front.
Of us taking on Spencer Smith and Elise Jones and well I'm Clark Benassi alongside Dave Weinbach we're super excited to be bringing you guys live action from this match and many others on Pro mix doubles day after being down early here in game two waters and John's are stormed back they're three points away from this match.
Make that two points away after that unforced forehand air into the net yeah Dave as you mentioned Spencer and Elise got off to a really hot start in the second game but Ben and Annalee have just done so well turn the tables yeah that's just a great spot not a lot you can do with that and well Spencer I.
Think didn't move his feet a lot there either and Elise great drop gave Ben the green light to basically take over that Center Court yes yeah Ben been doing such a good job of finishing off these plays and there you have it the number one seed is moving along into the semifinals here on Pro mixed.
Doubles day at the Oasis now it's the Oasis pickleball Club it used to be the Oasis Beach and Tennis Club now I'm gonna call it a pickleball Club because they are 100 all in in pickleball and as you look at an overview of this beautiful area right here just east of Dallas folks we'll be right back with you with more great quarterfinal live.
Action here at the Texas open stay there foreign thank you.
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Welcome everyone back to our new Center Court Annalee Waters Ben John's here I've just finished their quarterfinal they're heading to that semifinal later on tonight guys talk about the last match how'd you get through that one uh you know I think the conditions are a little different here we got kind of a cross Breeze going uh it's it's humid.
But it's also not very warm and we're kind of indoors but kind of not so there's a bunch of kind of strange things going on here um but I think we just kind of played our game made sure to focus on every ball and make sure we're still making them with these conditions uh I think really consistency came out but there.
Are a couple nice nice points there uh some really good defense from that team uh so all around I think it was a good show absolutely you have to talk about the mental game dealing with the conditions out here the wind obviously swirling all around having to move courts and so on uh how do you stay focused for that I just try to focus on.
Like the main points like watch the ball bend your knees and you know really make sure to believe in your own shots because if you believe in your own shots I find a lot of the time I'm making my shots so you know especially in the first game I was just trying to you know make a couple balls be really consistent like Ben said and then the second game.
We had a couple more fun points with some showy shots but in the beginning I was definitely just trying to make a couple balls well fun fact about Ben he came here to this tournament with one shirt a single shirt I brought you the rest of your shirts why did you have only one shirt you know sometimes when you're on the road from one destination.
To the next uh you pack in a hurry and I forgot most of my shirts in Maryland at home after the DC open uh so then I look at my suitcase I was like I got like six pairs of shorts and one shirt this is not gonna go well uh so I played singles in one shirt yesterday and luckily uh you were able to cover me so thank you very much so that I can you know not be.
Uh super sweaty today life of a pro player guys let you go rest out we're gonna show you the other two semi-finals coming up later tonight at 7 00 p.m we're gonna take a break you guys can rest up all that good stuff guys don't forget to tune in for that foreign.
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Emotions through pickleball through my whole career Annalee is sometimes my coach I'm sometimes annalize coach but we always have that common goal of winning I feel like pickleball is helping people with mental health because it's a way for them just to like not think about anything and just go out and have fun you know helping each other.
Emotionally and we're a true team we don't argue we don't fight and I think that's why we've been so successful singles and doubles Champion Annalee Waters her mother Lee Waters brilliant brilliant pickleball from the mother-daughter combo congratulations.
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Welcome back to the PPA Texas open presented by Baird wealth management we're here bringing you all live action from today's mixed doubles day it's pro-mix doubles day usually happens on a Friday and well folks TGIF thank goodness it's Friday this is Clark Benassi alongside my buddy Dave the badger Weinbach and we've got a nice.
Exciting backdraw match for you guys today it's Megan fudge and Pat Smith the new new partnership taking on Leia Jansen and James ignatowich and this is going to be a very very competitive match up here I'm looking forward to seeing this one.
Yeah Dave likewise Megan is another player that has made huge strides on the tour both the app and the PPA over the last year or so won a few gold medals now continually getting on podiums comes from a high level tennis background and has a great partner in Pat Smith and then I mean looking across.
The net Leia Jansen and James ignata which that's a tough match update also a new partnership and yeah you know we all know James what an incredible singles player is I have him top four in the world already in singles with the potential of being number one and people laugh at me when I say that but he is filthy in singles his doubles game.
Really really improved over these last six months I've had a chance to play a lot of Rec games with James and and a great kid as well so I'm looking forward to watching these two play together and there you see an example of the skill set that James brings to the table yes love to drive the ball with that new.
Selkirk paddle recently signed a Selkirk professional and he loves that paddle was telling me how he just knows what it's gonna do on every shot yes wow that's too good from James and he's already picking his spots out what I noticed with James's game we'll talk about it a little bit more as the match goes on but how well he moves his feet.
Constantly hopping up and down ready for the next shot and it makes such a big difference Leia and James off to a quick start great move there by Pat reading that that dick was going to go down the line he was moving early and people wonder wait can he go on the other side of the net.
And the answer is yes as long as he made contact with the ball on his own side you can follow through on the other side with your body like he just did but if you would have made contact on the other side of the net the referee would have called a fault there yes yes you all are just joining us we're at the.
Oasis pickleball Club used to be the Oasis tennis and pickleball Club it's now the Oasis pickleball Club in Rockwall Texas just outside of Dallas this is pro mixed doubles day we have an exciting backdraw match up for you all it's Leia Jansen and James ignatowich taking on Megan fudge and Pat Smith Megan doing a great job.
Getting out of the way of that James driving forehand and that's the one thing with James is he gets he does get very impatient on the dinking at the kitchen line his whole mentality his attack attack sure he comes from a singles background yes tennis background so the one thing he really needs to work on in his game is.
More patience and discipline at the kitchen line yeah yeah Leia with a little Grimace on her face there James stepped over to take it but didn't convert but he converts on that one Leia thinking if you're gonna come over and take that you better make it baby it's what she's.
Saying to herself yeah always interesting with new Partnerships Dave I think that skidded right on the line yeah I thought so too I think Megan thought it was going out just caught the line so James and Leia to serve here really good play by Pat yeah I give Leia a slight match-up.
Advantage in that cross court date sure with Megan uh Leia has become in my opinion one of the top dinkers in the whole women's Pro game doesn't make many errors there is very good both on her forehand and her backhand side and she's very patient she'll wait for the right ball to attack sure and it's crazy that we reference the word experience with.
Such a young lady but that's what she's got she's been around the game for plenty of time now um you know played on the world's biggest stages and she is a talented player but Megan ducks and gets out of the way of that one so along with Clark this is Dave and we are happy to bring our YouTube and Facebook PBA audience.
This live action here yeah all weekend long here from Rockwall Texas yeah this is a great spot we're about 30 minutes outside the Dallas area and it really isn't a Oasis it's almost like you're driving down the street and there's nothing around and then all of a sudden beautiful Lake this beautiful Lake and facility and yeah.
People think Texas has no water but a lot of beautiful lakes around here nice dig that's why you gotta play defense and dig those balls out and make your opponent have to hit that one more ball yeah yeah no doubt Dave.
You know I mentioned it earlier that's a great play from Megan by the way but I mentioned it earlier any player looking to make it to the next level I encourage you to watch James ignata which is feet watch how much he moves then watch how much he's on his toes as a soccer player I was always taught to be on my toes and the same goes for pickleball.
Sit on your toes you keep your feet moving you're going to be in a much better position to hurt your opponent wow that's a great lead good leads the toughest skills in pickleball is getting out of the way of out balls it sounds easy but when you are so locked into these fire fights and you're.
Keeping that paddle in front of your body and that Ball's coming hard right at your body it is so difficult to get out of the way yeah that's a good ball from James right in the middle you know you'll see most attacks that are successful go down the middle of the court because that's where the space tends to be.
How do you put that in a great spot Megan and Pat both were kind of tied up not really knowing who should take it yeah James is absolutely peppering outside of the court at the moment his hands are so fast he put so much Pace behind the ball you mentioned that he's got that Selkirk paddle that has quite a bit of Pop to it but I mean you know it.
Comes from a high level tennis background folks we'll be right back with this backdraw match up at the PPA Texas open after this foreign.
ladies and gentlemen pickleball fans welcome back to the PPA Texas open we're live from Rockwall Texas just outside of Dallas and myself Clark Benassi and Dave Weinbach bringing you all live action from today's pro mix doubles day it's James.
Ignatowicz and Leia Jansen taking on Megan fudge and Pat Smith in this backdrawal matchup Jansen and ignata which lead at 842 in game one and it's the only game we've got Dave wow shot fly's backhand Drive.
Down the line James acknowledge thinking this is going down the middle sitting on his forehand yeah such a crafty finish by Megan oh that's not going to work out well I think she changed her mind at the last second Clark and didn't commit to the shot foreign.
Yeah Pat a little disgusted with himself there nonetheless it is eight to four still a very tight game this is one game to 15 folks and that's gonna say a long downwind wind really gusting now Clark The Players need to be aware on every single shot what the win is doing even on a.
Dink in this kind of wind it'll affect the ball yeah great hands from Megan uh Megan fudge actually lives in the Bel Air Beach Florida area close to where I am I have the pleasure of getting to play with her every so often but man she's busy she's winning a lot of tournaments playing in a lot of tournaments and.
She's a well-known name in that space so it's great to be able to share a city in an area with such a high level player she's a great competitor even even greater person and it's great to see you're out here competing at the PPA tour we've got 410-1 we'll see if Megan and.
Pat can do their best to string a couple points together here and it looked like Megan was thinking about the ATP maybe wanted to let that ball roll out wide then it didn't present the opportunity and kind of got tied up in two minds there and talk about someone that hits the ball hard Dave it's James ignatowich.
Absolutely smacks the ball that's a wonderful return and a great response to the previous point for Megan slice that return nice and deep into the corner made Leia's job a little more difficult foreign not as good of a third now she set herself up well just.
Didn't execute the way she wanted to stay from James's forehand it's the worst place you can go yeah that's great playing from James every one of his shots he hits with such precision and he and he means to hit it there he doesn't hit any neutral shots he doesn't hit anything that's an easy shot I mean.
He puts so much thought into what he does on the court which is why I admire his play if you're Patrick and Megan right now and you're looking at a strategy to get back in this game I think they need to have two Targets sure either you go cross-court to Leia before you go to James's backhand those are the two Targets if you go there you.
Are gonna be in trouble because James can hurt you in so many ways off that forehand and he's very accurate in it so I think Megan and Patrick need to come up with those two Targets and try to execute that game plan and that is not one of the Targets in the middle of the net now a little too.
Ambitious from Pat there the ball was below the net obviously we're seeing players more and more nowadays attacking those balls but tough one so after this point we're gonna pull up the mixed doubles Pro bracket Clark and see we've had any significant upsets on this.
Terrific day of competition wow so smart for Megan again Dave you talked about it earlier as being that firefight exchange and then letting a ball go Megan did a great job yeah so the winner of this match Clark is going to advance on in the consolation round to face the team that we just saw uh Spencer Smith.
And Elise Jones are waiting in the wings in this match if we go to the top half the winners bracket of the draw just next to us right here let's watch this point we had it wow a little bit of an upset in the court next to us we had McGuffin and Lee Waters taking down kovaleva and right in two games eleven nine eleven.
Seven so they have advanced on into the semifinal where they'll take on the number one seed tonight at six o'clock I believe oh and a little Showtime there wow Smith with the tweener wow and you were hoping they were gonna get that point what a slick move from the big man then in the top half of the draw we just had uh.
Jesse Irvin and Jay devilier beat Anna bright and uh loong and a tough match Nine and Nine so they Advanced on to face uh parental and Newman who we saw earlier today with that win over Megan and and Callan so what an incredible competitive day here in Rockwall Texas yeah it's too good from Megan and Pat.
See James trying as much as possible to really just get aggressive and take over in the middle of the Court doing a great job of it but Megan Pat were up to the test there Leia just gave Pat on high forehand and that's a recipe for disaster It's Pat Smith playing the best I've ever seen him in these last few weeks.
You know I had a chance as you know to play with him in Washington DC in College Park and we finished fifth out of 30 to uh pro teams and had a great time playing with him I'm just really impressed with his game I've seen a lot of Patrick Smith over the years and this is the by far this year the best I've ever seen him play.
Yeah Megan giving a little look to to James and to the referee initially called out yeah I got a little overextended there and smart job from James and Leia to knock it down to Pat's feet we're sitting at 12-7-1 as we near the Finish this backdrawal matchup.
Yeah it's well done for Megan a ball that James will usually handle there he's a little disappointed himself but the wind is moving the ball around so in these conditions you really have to what I call hyper focus on that ball flight yes uh too good from Pat and he's got so much reach right he's able to really.
Extend himself and either go across Court down the middle or back out well they're hitting the targets now you saw Megan attack that ball and get it way away from James's forehand over to Leia's forehand and then Patrick with the kill shot to the backhand side of James that's not one of the targets there they.
Got away with it that time though I think Megan's got to be really careful with these drops and dinks down the middle yeah because James is so quick and so long and so dangerous with that forehand side so with that we will have a timeout and we'll take our own break we'll be right back with more live action.
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Management this is Clark Panacea alongside Dave Weinbach bringing you all an exciting backdraw matchup between Megan fudge and Pat Smith taking on Leia Jansen and James like not a witch Megan fudge to serve here at 8 12-2 this is one game to 15 and we're here just outside the Dallas area in Rockwall.
Texas at the Oasis pickleball Club sitting now at 9 12. 2 Dave and oh man Pat was hoping that one was gonna just tick in inside the line but it fell long James and Leia will get the ball back to serve Leia's going to do her well-known reset mental reset where she hits the battle on her body a couple times.
And here we go yeah wow that is too good for Megan great play all around and a huge come on from Megan there what an incredible two-handed backhand finish yeah Dave those are the points that it can really get you going in a match like this foreign.
I mentioned moving his feet but holds that paddle face into the last second and then just snaps his wrist over really quickly very deceptive oh in an unforced air there yeah by Pat Smith giving away a freebie big point right here that was gonna go out.
Wow and it was a great dig from Megan James slid over and you kind of held your breath not knowing what was going to happen but Pat and Megan with a huge defensive hold and they'll get the ball back here that's what you got to do to him is you got to make him dig it with his backhand yup that's the shot he does not want to.
Hit so if you're playing against can either go behind him to his backhand or you go across Court you can't let James get those four hands in the middle like that wow that hits the Back Fence thank goodness Pat doesn't have long hair because I think it would have hit him.
Patrick said I didn't see it but I heard something well let's see if they can string together a couple more here and they do that's now two in a row three in a row maybe four the team of Smith and fudge and they've cut the lead to three here it gets up to 11 here remember this is one game to 15 you must win by two.
Okay oh Megan what's that one yeah yeah she does she's got a good look at it yeah and she makes that one in her sleep she loves that kind of slice drop she's so good so good with I love how she creates different spins off that paddle yeah we went for the heavy slice.
Yeah and what that does even though it does float the ball up it creates a difficult spot for the opponent to try and hit back without hitting the ball into the net is laid it there there's a ball yep ball on court it was good play from both teams I'd say it was pretty even there in terms of who had.
The advantage in that point so we'll replay the point and Dave what a juncture critical juncture this is in this match is 13 14-2 tips in it wow Leia with a terrific backhand role with Thompson to getting that ball down yeah she was unfazed by the neck cord and did a great job of flicking the ball.
Back and to a really low precarious spot and it's gonna sail wide what a match ladies and gentlemen hopefully you could tune in because we had some incredible points Dave ultimately James ignato which lay a chance were too much but Megan fudge and Pat Smith was really happy with the way they fought back into that match.
Showed a ton of great chemistry as well here's a beautiful look again at our great overview here of this Oasis Tennis Club folks we'll be right back here stick with us pickleball friends foreign foreign thank you.
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ladies and gentlemen pickleball fans welcome back and there's a great look at the Oasis pickleball Club where we're playing today and a good look at our DraftKings player feature of Pat Smith Patrick Smith originally from the Munich Germany area now residing in Wichita we used to team up with Jay the flying.
Frenchman devillier so many great players in that Wichita Area you know we talk about mad right Lucy kovalova Chris heck Jay devilier boy he just burst on the scene a couple of years ago got a chance to play with Pat Smith team up with him a few weeks back out in Washington DC at the college park tournament yeah and he's a great guy and.
He's such a great competitor love playing with the guy he's so positive yes and uh as I said in the last match he's playing the best pickleball I've ever seen him play so uh congratulations Patrick Smith on another great day here on mix Pro doubles day yeah he's not he's a phenomenal player it's obviously so fun to watch this is Clark Benassi.
Alongside Dave the badger one Bach Dave I'm excited to be here with you and folks thanks so much for tuning in whether you're on Facebook or YouTube we are bringing you all live action from Pro mixed doubles day at The Baird wealth management PPA Texas open Live From The Oasis pickleball Club in Rockwall Texas we're about 30 minutes.
Outside the Dallas area and man what a beautiful facility this is the rain ended up being a problematic factor for us earlier we have moved our match play and our Championship Court to the eight courts under the industrial roof Dave and as I say all that the sun is starting to come back out we'll see.
How that looks as we um as we progress throughout our day but we've got a great backdraw match up for you guys today and Cali Smith and AJ the Iceman core taking on Jack Foster and Salome Davide it's a new matchup or a new partnership rather Salome and Jack have never played together so.
Always interesting Dave we talked about it last match um to see a new partnership see what the chemistry looks like on court see if they can read each other's tendencies it's yep so let me really burst out of the scene here in this last 12 months of course Jack Foster I would call him a.
Single specialist yes an incredibly dangerous singles player can beat anybody any given day but is really really improved his doubles and he's such a positive guy you know you talk about new Partnerships Jack's so easy to play with because he'll do anything it takes to win yes that's what I like about Jack he's very.
Positive with his Partners you can see he's always initiating the paddle Taps yes he's just a real positive kid super athletic very quick and a filthy forehand role yeah I caught the windmill Dave you know we teach players not to do too much on the backswing or the foul through he's one of those players that's a little bit.
Different but it works out for him and that's the great thing about pickleballs you don't always have to play one way there's not a right way and a wrong way it's all about what feels good to you what you're confident with sort of Jack's unique playing style and he owns it so well doesn't he oh that just sailed wide by a ball she.
Thought she had that when she hit it but the wind is moving the ball that direction yeah despite being under the industrial roof these eight courts that we've got we don't have too much wind cover so the wind is still swirling in here and certainly affecting the players that's.
Great hands from Jack and he's going to hop over the kitchen just in case just wanted to I think show off the athleticism a little bit there and it's going to go off the tape but he's still going to give himself a little fist pump and Jack and Salome impressed with how they've started this match they've come.
Out really focused really firing aggressive yes and another serve long so Jack's got a realize that he's downwind there and he's got to aim for the center of the court let the wind push it to the back third yes yeah of course Kelly Smith and AJ Kohler a team that's been playing together for about a year and.
Surprisingly lost earlier today quite handily on the uh second Center Court to Megan Dizon and Callan Dawson I would have favored Cali and AJ in that matchup I figured it would be very close sure but if uh I was putting some odds on that I would have favored them just with the tremendous success that Kohler and Smith have had playing and teaming up.
Together here at the PPA oh man a great effort by Cali but the power from Jack was just too much there it's one three two wow what a great block by Salome I thought Cali had a fantastic forehand drive that she had incredible power and got it down and Salome reset it back.
Terrific hands not a household Mania in the pickleball World folks but a very bright pickleball future and I believe she loves to play singles as well wow look at Jack running all over the court I thought he was gonna make that last one just fell a little flat but you.
Mentioned Salome David's a kind of a new name in the world of pickleball I'd say she's come on the scene within the last year what a tremendous player absolutely on fire especially in singles I had the pleasure of calling her match yesterday a semi-final matchup between her and Anna Lee and man she brings it every.
Single point oh and that is a misjudge on the Wind hoping to throw that up there with some Thompson let the wind knock it down oh what a dig my Kohler wow he follows it up go on big middle unbelievable and a little smirk to the crowd there shaking his head almost like guys come.
On I can do that in my sleep oh what impresses me so much about Kohler is not only the quickness of his hands but the strength of his hands yes when people ask me where's the best combination of speed quickness in their hands and power he's always a name that I bring up as definitely in the top four.
In my view yeah no doubt we mentioned his wrist strength I mean whether it's a dink whether it's a speed up reaching out to attack he's a force to be wrecking web yeah and that's too good from AJ he does a great job Dave rolling that ball into the back of the Court as much.
As possible and almost what I like to call a claw Type move where he's got his arm extended a way out from his body continuously bringing the ball back we'll be right thank you.
Thank you foreign we are back live here at the Oasis pickleball Club in Rockwall Texas we're about 30 miles just east of Dallas oh and a terrific attack ball by Salome.
Along with Clark this is Dave proud to bring you this live action here all day long yeah I'm excited to be here Dave thanks so much for uh for being here with me this is super fun and I mean what better way to spend a Friday than in front of some high quality pickleball oh and Jack tried for the flashy Twitter he got he got switched up there and yep.
He was sitting forehand and it came kind of towards his body and he just couldn't adjust to it boy he loves that forehand drive and you can see what makes Jack Foster such a great singles player he's got a great serve he's aggressive on the return he's got great volleys covers the court like a 16 year old yes.
Division one college tennis player loves that one E I call it a one e that one-handed flick roll backhand yeah very good at that shot and it worked out for him there got caller and Smith serving at 532 to Salome David say and Jack Foster look at the D ah yes that's the same player yep yep.
She wants that one back Dave so with that unforced air on the net that'll get them to three five two here in this one game to 15. once a team gets to eight Clark they will switch side so there's no Advantage disadvantage with the wind the Sun the elements correct I really like that rule oh 100 and Dave.
Just a reminder to all our viewers out there this would be the final live streamed match for a little while here on the PPA tour Facebook and YouTube page we'll be back at seven local time that's seven central time for the semi-final match next Pro double semifinal matches both of them which will be Anna Lee Waters and Ben Johns uh.
Taking on uh I think Lee Waters and Tyson McGovern I believe will be the first match and we'll announce what that second match is in a little bit oh and Jack made a great Ernie move the shot was there and yeah I got a little excited as we watched the replay and just got a little bit greedy.
On that he was trying to get it back in this corner but it didn't have to be that good no that's the thing when you do an Ernie it doesn't have to be 100 shot and she Cali really caught Jack leaning middle there it went behind him with her forehand drive for a clean winner.
And a Priceless look from AJ that said man what a shot and Salome gives it right back to him the shot of her own got three seven one Salem is Drive gonna fall into the net a couple inches away from trickling over so can AJ and Cali get the ball back.
Yeah so they're gonna call it good it was very very close Jack went for a serve down the middle but Cali says forget about any of that let's get the ball back and serve to switch sides so it's seven four one Callie Smith and AJ Kohler leading in this backdraw matchup Pro mix doubles day here at the PPA tour.
In Rockwall Texas that's too good from Jack didn't convert on the last Ernie attempt but did a great job of putting that one away without any hesitation oh and AJ came storming up toward the kitchen line slight Miss hit from him.
And it was right there for Jack a lot of aggression from Salome and Jack so far in this one wow great attack by AJ he gets a lot of pace on that and a lot of spin so it's a very tough shot to block yeah I had a chance to play against AJ in Washington DC uh PPA event he's playing with Chuck Taylor and Pat.
Against Patrick Smith and I and boy I tried everything I possibly could against AJ Kohler and uh he had an answer for everything yeah his hands are phenomenal as you mentioned his wrist is strong comes from a hockey background just an aggressive player a hunter if you will on the court he's gonna get back any and every single ball.
Yeah Kelly not making the adjustment there for the wind and it's really swirling in here right now she and Kohler are playing into the wind right it's kind of in our face as we are looking at the court oh and AJ's telling her Cali to switch as he's hitting and I think it took his Focus off the execution yeah of the shot.
So he gave them a freebie yeah tough situation there Jack really going after that serve and he gets another freebies so they have clawed their way back to six seven here in this one game to 15. really good shot there he saw Cali kind of in that kitchen.
And he was trying to get out get it to her before she could re-establish and great job of getting that ball down at the Smith feet and had her no chance to get that back so let's see if he goes big on the angle this time he does oh and it gets another freebie so let's see if you get a.
We're not gonna get a time out here from Kohler because Kohler and Smith get a break automatically with the chains of side so look at this gorgeous overview here at the Oasis Beach and Tennis Club we will be right back with the conclusion of this match Ben you've got to give it up you're.
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Pickleball fans welcome back this is a backdraw match-up in the Pro mixed doubles draw at the PPA Texas open presented by Bayard wealth management we've got Jack Foster and Salome Davide in the lead in this backdrawal matchup 9-7 over AJ Kohler and Cali Smith wow and that's too good from Cali Smith.
If you guys are just joining us you guys and girls and pickleball fans just joining us Jack Foster and Shalom David say a first-time partnership and I mean the credit has got to go to them you've got to tip their cap regardless regardless of this match result any first time partnership that makes such a deep run in a PPA Tour event I.
Mean so impressive they've been playing really well and they've taken such an aggressive approach to this match it's working out really well for them Jack has put on a serving Clinic he's gotten three or four points just off his serve we'll see if AJ and Cali can close the gap.
Really good depth on that volley by Kohler yeah a little miscommunication there between Salome and Jack what the I think he just relaxed on that then it was just like too easy of a shot lost his Focus yep so with that we will have another.
Time out and we will stay with you folks so Clark what a matchup we've seen Kohler and Smith come out hot and what a comeback we've seen here by Summa and Jack yeah I mean Salome and Jack have taken what I said is such an aggressive approach to this match you know we talk about Trends in pickleball.
We are definitely moving towards a more aggressive game in terms of the pro game itself Jack and Salome are owning that aggression I would say Dave they are pretty much attacking any and every ball they can jack of course is more of a single specialist so his style is a lot harder and more aggressive than most other doubles players.
Um but Cali and AJ have such great experience not only on the pro tour in general but as a partnership as a Duo so they've been here before and going to try to see if they can close it out we've had a few lead changes but we've got nine nine now in this match to 15.
Make it 10-9 yep or 992. we got 992. oh and a really nice drive there by Kelly getting that low with some topspin great answer by Foster yep now we need to get it back he got the ball somehow down yes and the key to not to getting you know repeatedly getting those tough gets moving your feet Dave and that's.
What he does so well so Salome now to serve and a special thank you to Baird wealth management for that being the title sponsor of this great Texas open tournament here oh and a terrific aggressive move there.
By Foster yeah I like it it was a go For Broke move he left his side of the Court wide open but AJ couldn't quite slide it in there and then another serve Dave we've talked about it over and over again I don't think I've seen a pro match with so many points one on an individual serve I've never seen Cali Smith so many returns of.
Serve as I have in this match that's a strength of hers usually so I'm wondering if the wind has gotten oh that's gonna be a problem Oh Jack didn't do anything with it he had his chance wow huge come on by Kelly Smith knowing what a huge point we have in this game what a.
Counter yeah unbelievable hands and as you said Jack may not have done enough with that overhead ball got to put away your opportunities when they come I had a chance oh speaking of having your chances he got the high for him that he wanted yup so that gets us to all square here at 11 all this is one game to 15 but the.
Players must win by two another freebie so this wind causing all kinds of Havoc here today at the Oasis pickleball Club we've got a tornado warning in the area I've heard from the truck right now so look out for this win to really pick up even more oh.
And we're gonna we're gonna watch that again I thought that might have been correctly called out the wind did carry that ball to the left yeah I'd say a half a ball length out Dave if that very questionable drive there right to the Kelly Smith backhand yeah Kelly is sitting on that two-hander yeah that's a.
Tough one so here we have game point there it is Cali Smith AJ Kohler taking down Siloam Davide and Jack Foster Jack and Salome put up a great fight Salome doesn't look too Happy Valley and effort in that comeback so Smith and Kohler will move on here unmixed Pro doubles day we'll be right back the Texas elephant is brought to you by.
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Thrilled so thankful to be here right in front of the action to bring you guys this live action to bring you guys and girls this live action and man Dave what a matchup we just saw and you know just to let our viewers know we will be back at 7 pm central time that's local time here in Texas we're going to take a little pause right now and we will be.
Back live at 7 pm Central Time with two unbelievable semi-finals yes mixed doubles Pro matches yes we're gonna have Jay devilier the flying Frenchman keeping up with Jesse Irvin taking on Catherine fronto and Riley Newman a matchup we have seen time and time again here at the professional pickleball Association I was about to say Dave we.
Called that same match in D.C we did and the other semi-final match is going to be our number one seeds coming into today a team that is undefeated together Anna Lee Waters the number one ranked women's player on earth teaming up with the number one ranked men's player on earth Ben Johns and they are going to be taking on the.
Upstarts in this bracket Tyson McGuffin and Lee Waters who took down the Wichita tandem of Lucy kovalova and Matt Wright what do you think of that matchup yeah I mean that's super interesting you know the immediate thing that jumps out to me is Mom against daughter right I mean how does that go down how do they play one another are they going to attack each.
Other are going to stay away from each other and then they gotta go have dinner later tonight together so I I can tell you from direct experience there I've had the pleasure of playing many times with Lee Waters sure and every time we have gone up against Anna Lee Waters Lee says before the match Dave I hate playing Annalee it's just very difficult.
Yes if she's not talking about her skill level yes it's just I've played against my son several times in tournaments it's just brutal yep because you just have to put out that that is your child yes and you have to approach it like it's a normal match which is much easier said than done 100 it's hard I can tell you from Lee you know Lee stamp up from a.
Mental capacity but she's the ultimate competitor and I fully expect her and Tyson to give everything they have and be competitive against Annalee and Ben I'm gonna pick Annalee and Ben to win that match yeah but it's not going to be like it's Owen one or no 2-0 that's going to be a great match to watch so what a great two matches we have tonight.
At again 7 P.M local time yes Central Standard Time here in Texas yep so YouTube Facebook please tune in at 7 p.m Central Time catch both of these amazing semi-final matchups this is Pro mix doubles date the PPA Texas open sponsored by Baird wealth management we'll see you in a little bit thank you.
Welcome to the Baird Wealth Management Texas Open presented by the Professional Pickleball Association. Today’s match-ups will feature some of the top-ranked pro mixed doubles pickleball teams in the world, including Ben Johns/Anna Leigh Waters, Riley Newman/Catherine Parenteau, and Jay Devilliers/Jessie Irvine.
Location: Oasis Pickleball Club (Rockwall, TX)
30 Lopez Borobia/Irizarry
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