Pickleball had one of its biggest events this past weekend and of course it came with some controversy Margaritaville USA pickleball national championships took place at the historic Indian Wells Tennis facility in California one of the best venues in the world this is a standalone event and not associated with any of the three main tours and there's.

A hundred fifty thousand dollars in prize money and almost all the top players in the world are competing and we got some different pairings this weekend than we normally do in the mixed division Catherine parento has partnered with Ben Johns and Anna Lee Waters is partnered with Riley Newman Ben has been playing with Anna Lee all year but.

Wasn't sure if he could make it out to this event and so Anna Lee decided to pair with Riley Newman ahead of time Ben does end up making it out here and he ends up pairing with Catherine parento who has been playing with Riley most of the year and then we have in women's doubles parento who usually plays with Leia Jansen but instead is committed to.

Playing with Elise Jones in this tournament this probably due to Leia making some prior commitments pairings as you can see are a bit wonky in this tournament so mix doubles is on Friday Tyson McGuffin and Lee waters are playing in the backdraw and Lee Waters injures herself and is visibly in pain Lee tried to continue playing but.

Eventually ended up withdrawing so this leaves Anna Lee without a partner for women's doubles on the following day extremely last minute everyone already has Partners so not a good situation to be in USA pickleball definitely doesn't want their star player to not play in one of the top events not many options left and little time remaining but what.

Ends up happening is Catherine parento ends up leaving her partner Elise Jones to go play with Anna Lee on the next day this less than 24 hours before the women's doubles event so Elise Jones is left without a partner and Catherine parento and Anna Lee are presumably the favorites now to win in women's doubles no one publicly knows how all this came.

To fruition in regards to who reached out to who but then Gingrich who is friends and Coach with Elise had this to share on Facebook because Elise is a player I work with I may be biased but I highly doubt it Catherine parento dumping Elise at Nationals the day before the first round to play with Annalee today and leaving Elise with no.

Partner is absolutely horrendous not only did she bail last minute but she never called or texted Elise herself she had her manager do her dirty work for her if the governing bodies aren't going to do anything about such nonsense the other Pro women need to take a stance effing ridiculous and a ton of other Pros are coming in.

Defense of Elise and commenting on this post and criticizing Catherine and Anna Lee for the way that how they handled this you'd think there'd be a rule that would prevent this sort of thing from happening the only thing from USA pickleball comes from Rule 12j and it says partner change may be made prior to the first round match with the consent.

Of the tournament director if the change is due to injury illness or circumstance beyond the control of the player so USA pickleball allowed this partner change to occur which completely screwed over Elise Jones it doesn't say anything about being allowed to drop an already agreed partnership with someone so I think technically this move was within.

The rule book but that begs the question of should this have been legal I'd assume with all the public outrage there will end up being a rule change this also brings to light some of the more darker side of pickleball and Partnerships what becomes ethical and what isn't ethical Partners change all the time players get opportunities to.

Play with better players as a Strictly Business decision they abandon their old Partners to partner with someone who they perceive as better there's a way of doing this in a way not to do this from the perspective of parento she got a last minute opportunity to partner with the best female player in the world and they ended up taking home gold this.

Weekend did she screw over her prior commitment to someone else yes another Pro player Lindsey Newman shared a statement on Facebook about this situation and her own it's extremely sad and disappointing but unfortunately giving someone your word means nothing impro pickable nowadays for some players Elise Jones joins the list of players.

Who have been utterly screwed over by other players who committed to playing and then bailing for a better partner I'm including myself in this list I got a text a couple days after giving birth to my second child that I was being dumped a few weeks before the U.S opened and for all the remaining 2022 tournaments if these people's fans only.

Knew what some of their favorite pro players do when no one is watching thanks for bringing this to light Dan Gingrich and Yates Johnson another Pro Player had this to say messed up situation but I think it all comes down to USA pickleball or either tour allowing this to happen there's no way that the rules should allow a team.

Currently in the draw to drop and swap players imagine if most multiple teams did this would be chaos you should only be able to swap in an alternate or someone who doesn't already have a partner and special circumstances like injury or sickness just like in tennis whoever you sign up with you're locked in with them I think everyone completely.

Understands this from a Strictly Business decision Annalee Waters gives Catherine a better chance to win but was the reputational risk really worth it from fans and other players now having a negative view of you after this decision this is a factor you have to weigh whether winning in the short term is worth it versus the long term there's.

Probably a bunch of more information we don't know that's going on behind the scenes so before casting full blame on one party or another just remember and take that into account there also hasn't been a public statement by anyone involved either this definitely brings up an interesting discussion in pickleball and I think a lot of people.

Are happy it's becoming an open topic to discuss because it seems like this stuff happens more often than not I would like to hear what your guys opinions are on the matter so leave a comment down below and if you haven't subscribed yet and you enjoy these videos hit the Subscribe button hit that like button and I'll see you all in the next one.

USA Pickleball hosted Nationals this past weekend at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, California. Some drama unfolded and a lot of people were upset including some of the top Pro Players.

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