Weather: 87 degrees, winds 0-8 mph, mostly sunny:sunny:
8:00A – Matt
A pretty interesting Men’s Pro field today here at APP LA. Draw looks a bit top heavy to me with my contenders being Jocelyn Devilliers/Morgan Evans, Rob Nunnery/JW Johnson, Chuck Taylor/Spencer Smith, Adam Stone/Jeffrey Warnick, Dylan Frazier/Matt Chou, and DJ Young/Callan Dawson. Although, after hearing about Callan Dawson’s continued elbow troubles, they might not be as steep of a threat. (Callan is planning a several month rest period from pickleball). Some pros are picking and choosing which tournaments to play in this month in Cali, while some are just straight living here for the summer.
TEAM TO WATCH: Rob Nunnery teams up with the electric 19 year old JW Johnson, who chased down a gold medal in Mixed last weekend at APP Indianpolis. Can he get another and earn his nickname “The Leprechaun”? They’re my pick.
9:00A – Matt
Lots of buzz about DJ Young’s gold medal yesterday! He teamed up with Vivienne David to win gold in two straight games yesterday vs Rob Cassidy/Susannah Barr. Vivienne today said he played lights out and might have had extra confidence playing a big tournament near his home town. That surely bodes well for next weekend as the APP Tour heads to Bobby Riggs, where he works and teaches! DJ Young/Callan Dawson into the second round after cruising to a win against Pickleball McNasty/Casey Kalinyak.
10:20A – Matt
After an intense game one, Dylan Frazier and Matt Chou rallied to knock off Adam Stone/Jeff Warnick (8-11,12-10,11-7).
Down 7-10 in game 2, there was let up from Matt and Dylan’s drives as they kept attacking both Adam and Jeff with drives in game three. Mixing it up, playing soft to Jeff’s backhand was also key.
Dylan Frazier’s star is rising, and Matt Chou could soon be regarded as the best Asian player currently on tour!
Was so insightful chatting with Jill Braverman about the parallels between the tennis industry and pickleball! With her extensive background working with the UTR rating scale that helps run the juggernaut that is juniors tennis, Jill is an expert resource and could be truly vital as a contributor to conquer pickleball’s rating scale problem powderkeg.
“Pickleball needs a unified rating scale, encompassing both tours” Braverman said.
“It’s very difficult, UTR (tennis) has 7 data scientists tweaking the algorithm to make improvements. Making it accurate for doubles is even tougher”
Jill Braverman is partnered with Lauren Stratman here at APP LA, and is quickly becoming a sought after player for many tournaments. But she will likely have an impact in the sport far beyond her play on the court.