Today was the final day of competition for the record-setting 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, which saw over 2,200 players and thousands of pickleball enthusiasts on hand at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden for the sport’s premiere event. It’s been an incredible week in the Coachella Valley, as the largest ever tournament in pickleball history welcomed participants and spectators alike to enjoy the world-class facilities, amenities and matches. This year’s tournament expanded on the successful foundation established during Nationals’ first year in Indian Wells in 2018, as a host of upgraded tournament features provided a better overall event experience across the board. From the on-court action to retail, event sponsors, dining and more, there’s little doubt that this week will be remembered as a momentous occasion for the sport and a boundary pushing event that has elevated what’s possible in pickleball.
All that being said, let’s dive in to the gold medal match results from an action-packed championship Sunday. In addition to year-long bragging rights, the Open division players competed throughout the day for a piece of the record-high $80,000 total cash prize purse. Many of the sport’s most well-known pros took to the courts to battle it out for gold medals and singles glory.
The Women’s Singles Senior Open division was the first final of the day, which pitted Cammy MacGregor and Moira Roush against each other for gold. While surprise finalist Roush put up a worthy fight, it wasn’t enough to withstand the consistent play that MacGregor channeled on Sunday. Seeing MacGregor atop the podium is a sight that pickleball fans are well accustomed to, as the 2018 champion defended her title in impressive fashion. What a run at Nationals it has been for MacGregor, who shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon and will surely be back looking for the three-peat in 2020.
Staying in the Singles Senior Open division but moving over to the Men’s side, Paul Olin and Scott Moore contested a hard-fought final after emerging as the top two players amidst a talented field of recognizable pros and former medalists returning in 2019. While Moore was the perennial favorite heading into the division as the defending champion, he faltered on Sunday when faced with a competitor playing some of the best pickleball in the entire tournament. That’s Paul Olin of course, who had already taken the gold in the Men’s Skill/Age Singles Senior 5.0 division earlier in the week. He further cemented himself as a premiere Singles Senior player with his second gold medal at 2019 Nationals, upending Scott Moore while showcasing an experienced and diverse game that awed the crowd on Sunday.
In the Men’s Singles Open division, a crowded field of more than 32 participants included all three of the medalists from 2018 Nationals with Tyson McGuffin, Tyler Loong and Ben Johns all vying to reach the singles podium once again. As competitors were eliminated and the field narrowed to two, it was the familiar foes of McGuffin and Johns who took to Championship Court with the gold on the line. While McGuffin hoped to defend his Nationals title and repeat as champion, he was simply no match for Johns on Sunday. Behind the strength of swift forehands and backhand winners down the line, Johns took a decisive straight-set victory that further solidified his place as one of the most dominant forces in pickleball today.
As the sun began to set on Championship Court, the Women’s Singles Open finalists took to the court for the last final of 2019 Nationals. Two of the biggest names in the Women’s game, Lucy Kovalova and Simone Jardim, engaged in an epic battle that was only fitting for the last showcase match of the tournament. In a back-and-forth first frame that needed extra points to be decided, defending champion Kovalova ultimately prevailed to take the initial advantage. Unfortunately for her, Jardim was completely unfazed and responded by winning the second set without surrendering a single point. The third and final frame returned the match to its competitive nature, but Jardim’s momentum and fine form proved to be too much for Kovalova to handle. Jardim has been nothing short of dominant in Indian Wells, collecting gold medals in Women’s Skill/Age Doubles and Mixed Doubles Open before her title run in singles.
If you missed any of the results from this year’s tournament, you can click here to find all of the medal recipients from each division in the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships.
Additionally, if you were unable to watch any of the live streamed coverage during this year’s event, on-demand replays are now available for each day through the ‘Live @ Nationals’ streaming product.
Last but certainly not least, don’t forget to save the date for 2020 Nationals! Next year’s event will take place at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on October 31 – November 8, 2020. Make sure to stay tuned for more information right here on our website, as well as on Facebook and Instagram.