The first weekend in September — Ahhh, perfect. Televised on ESPN, the world’s best tennis players were playing early round US Open matches at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. On the other side of the country — in Brigham City, Utah — the world’s best pickleball players were battling it out in the 2016 Pickleball Tournament of Champions. And thanks to Facebook Live video streaming technology — as well as the USAPA and PickleballTournaments.com — anyone with an internet connection was able to view pickleball played at the highest level.
So with the television remote in one-hand and a smart phone/tablet in the other, the perfect weekend began. Shown below are the Facebook Live videos of several pickleball matches. Viewing the videos will give you a flavor of the power, precision and finesse involved in pickleball. Watch — and listen carefully. Melissa McCurley and Dave Weinbach — both of whom are tremendous pickleball players — offer expert advice, strategy and commentary. It’s instructional video at its finest!
It’s likely that when you play pickleball, you most-often-times play doubles. For those not as familiar with singles, you may want to click here to refresh yourself on the differences in scoring, strategy and shot selections. There’s a lot to learn from the following singles gold medal matches — thanks to Marcin Rozpedski, Kyle Yates, Simone Jardim and Lucy Kovalova.
Men’s Singles Masters — Gold Medal Match
Marcin Rozpedski vs Kyle Yates
Women’s Singles Masters — Gold Medal Match
Simone Jardim vs Lucy Kovalova
The following videos demonstrate the strategy and patience needed in doubles. Listen carefully as Dave Weinbach and team provide expert commentary/instruction.
Mixed Doubles Masters — Gold Medal Match
Sarah Ansboury & Wesley Gabrielsen vs Simone Jardim & Rafael Siebenschein
Men’s Masters Doubles — Last of the Winners Bracket Match
Wesley Gabrielsen & Kyle Yates vs Marcin Rozpedski & Morgan Evans
Women’s Doubles Masters — Gold Medal Match
Corrine Carr & Simone Jardim vs Sarah Ansboury & Christine McGrath
I hope these videos were helpful. I don’t know about you — but I’m stoked to get out on the courts and implement some of these strategies and shots! 🙂 See you on the courts!