Nov 8, 2022

Day 4 Notebook: Thrilling Championship Court Action


Day 4 at the 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships saw some light rain over Indian Wells Tennis Garden, but cleared up with plenty of time to successfully introduce a new and exciting doubles event to the competition roster: Mixed Pro Split/Age!

There were a total of 14 teams in the inaugural competition, with each duo featuring 1 Pro over 50 and 1 Pro under 50.

Anna Bright and Dave Weinbach faced Eva Welsher and Rafa Hewett in the gold medal match, with Bright and Weinbach earning a resounding 11-5, 11-4 win to claim the first-ever title in this bracket. Bright, a former collegiate tennis player at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, complemented Weinbach’s aggressive style of play perfectly as the two didn’t drop a single game on their way to the podium.

Welsher and Hewett finished with silver, while Susannah Barr and Rick Witsken claimed bronze. Witsken earned his second medal in two straight nights after securing the gold yesterday with partner Beth Bellamy.

Mircea Morariu played today with Jorja Johnson after competing with her mother, Julie Johnson, yesterday for Senior Pro Mixed Doubles. Morariu and Johnson were ousted by the eventual bronze medal duo of Witsken and Barr. Competition was fierce, and more importantly fun, all day for Mixed Pro Split/Age! Thanks to all the teams who came out and participated.

On Tap for Tomorrow: Wednesday, November 9th

The Pros are starting to arrive in full force! We welcome Men’s Pro Split/Age and Women’s Pro Split Age competition to the courts tomorrow! Plenty more action to come, and on the amateur side, Mixed Skill/Age Doubles 50+, 55+. 60+ (4.0) and Women’s Skill/Age Singles 19+, 35+ will be on full display. Get ready for another day of action!

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