Nov 7, 2022

Day 3 Notebook: Pickleball Action Is Heating Up

Photo Credit: Steve Taylor


Coming off of an exciting weekend, Day 3 at the 2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships welcomed Senior Pro Mixed Doubles competition on Championship Court!

Jennifer Dawson, who has won Women’s Doubles and Women’s Singles gold since the tournament began, earned her third consecutive medal in three days with her Mixed Doubles silver tonight.

After winning the Men’s Doubles title last night, Dayne Gingrich and Dave Weinbach found themselves on opposite nights of the net tonight for the bronze medal match.

Gingrich and partner Jennifer Dawson won in straight sets against Weinbach and partner Nathalie Bagby to advance to the finals and play Beth Bellamy and Rick Witsken. Gingrich and Witsken, who used to play as partners, faced off in an intense three-game battle tonight (11-2, 11-5, 11-3). Bellamy and Witsken prevailed to win the gold, claiming the Mixed Doubles title from defending champions Dawson and Gingrich.

Photo Credit: Steve Taylor

Witsken, who was world-ranked on the ATP Tour in both singles and doubles, has had an extensive tennis career as player, director and coach, founding his own coaching business.

On the amateur side, Women’s Doubles 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+ and Men’s Singles 65+, 70+, 75+, 80+ dominated the action today. In Men’s Singles 80+, Kenji Nishioka earned the silver medal after also claiming the silver at the 2022 Indoor National Championships earlier this year.

A major name in the sport of tennis won gold in the Women’s Doubles 80+ bracket today. Alice Tym played on the international tennis circuit from 1964 to 1970, competing in all four Grand Slam events and achieving a world ranking as high as 13th in the world in 1969.

Tym, who is a member of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Hall of Fame, the University of Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Peoria High School Hall of Fame and the Peoria Sports Hall of Fame, and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame, claimed gold today with her partner “Tuey” Tuey.

On Tap for Tomorrow: Tuesday, November 8th

Tomorrow welcomes 14 Pro players to Indian Wells, for a new event: Mixed Pro Split/Age! Featuring 1 Pro over 50 and 1 Pro under 50, pickleball players of different generations will be sharing the courts for this inaugural bracket.

Notably, Mircea Morariu will be playing with Jorja Johnson after competing with her mother, Julie Johnson, today for Senior Pro Mixed Doubles. Amateur competition continues tomorrow with Mixed Skill/Age Doubles 50+, 55+, 60+ (3.0 and 3.5)

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