Singles players compete in a match during the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championship at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.
Tuesday, November 6
Tuesday was Singles Day at the Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships. A packed field of skill/age brackets for both Men and Women in 3.0-5.0 competed well into the evening hours. Many of the games best players were on hand. For the men, it was a great day to watch Chuck Taylor 5.0 35+, Tyson McGuffin 5.0 19+, and Joey Farias 5.0 19+. On the women’s side, Gee Gee Garvin 5.0 19+35+, and Jaci West 5.0 19+35+
The Men’s 5.0 19+ singles gold medal went to Tyson McGuffin who defeated Daniel Moore. McGuffin rolled to an 11-2 victory in game one but Moore really battled in game two, falling just short in an exciting 12-10 match. The evening also featured a very exciting match on the lady’s side as Gee Gee Garvin took on Michelle Esquivel, Esquivel eventually prevailed 11-6, 9-11, and 11-2. To see all the results from the day’s action, visit the Events and Brackets link on the event website: usapickleballnationalchampionships.com.
Tuesday also featured the St. Jude’s Skill Challenge Fundraiser and the first annual USAPA Parent/Child Round Robin. The total points winners from the skills challenge were Cherie Chad and Scott Lennan with a score of 151. Doug Blik and Stevo Alves were second with 146 points. Todd Barclay and Brian Barclay came in third with 131 points and Bonnie Koch and “Big Mike” Morian placed fourth with a total score of 126 points. Overall, USAPA and the participants of this event raised a total of $13,000 dollars for St. Jude’s.
The day also featured the USAPA’s Parent/Child Round Robin. The new event was wildly popular with 25 teams and had a waiting list. Overall, the event generated a lot of excitement and positive feedback from the participants as tournament players were able to play competitively with their kids. It was also awesome seeing some of the top pro players such as Matt Goebel and his mother and Rob Davidson and his father.
On Tap for Today: Wednesday Nov. 7
Today will feature Mixed Doubles Open/Sr. Open
Competition starts at 9:00 AM.
Today at approximately 5PM on the Margaritaville Championship Court we have a very special presentation of the 2018 Pickleball Hall of Fame Inductees. The announcement and induction ceremony of the 2018 inductees took place last night at the Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert.
The Boathouse has coffee and limited food service available starting at 7AM. The Margaritaville License to Chill Bar and Stage kicks off with full food service beginning at 10AM with bar service 11AM – 8PM. The Margaritaville Pop-Up Bar will be open from 10AM – 5PM down by the lower courts. For evening entertainment, Kal David and Lauri Bono & The Real Deal Band will be performing from 4-7PM in the Margaritaville Shade Pavilion 2. Players and spectators are encouraged to stop by the Interactive Fun Zone from 8AM-8PM for ping-pong, corn hole, and photo opportunities.
Be sure to also stop by the USA Pickleball Information Center and sign up for a guided tour of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Stadium 1. With over 16,000 seats, this is the second largest tennis stadium in the world and one of the crown jewels for the sport. Go behind the scenes look at the media rooms, player interview room, luxury boxes and more! Two FREE tours of 30 people each are offered each day.
Where to Watch:
The Margaritaville Championship Court Live Cam is a special HD baseline-mounted camera, featuring an onscreen scoreboard and live court audio. This livestream is available daily from the official Event website. From licensing issues with the championship court music, the audio feed for this camera is unfortunately not available.
As announced earlier this week, ESPN3 will begin livestream coverage of the Event beginning Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11. The free livestream will be 4PM-8PM EST each of these days. Tennis legends Luke and Murphy Jensen will host. In addition, a one-hour national televised special presentation of the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships will air on ESPNEWS on Sunday, November 25 at 3PM EST.