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Indian Open 2024 - Medals for UK Pros! | Pickleball graces the Super Bowl! | Pickleball court home rejected

Team Pickleball Store tops the Pickleball Premier League | Upcoming UK Pickleball Events

Indian Open 2024 - Medals for UK Pros!

In its second year, orgainised by Global Sports, the Indian Open 2024 took place in Mumbai with $100,000 of prize money at stake.

Dubbed “Asia’s biggest ever pickleball event”, many players from the UK traveled to compete for medals among other pros from the USA and around the world.

The UK contingent did more than show up, however, bringing home a host of medals for their efforts.

The performance of the Open most certainly went to Kao Pei Chuan who brought home the UKs only gold medal after beating Thaddea in the semi-final before beating Emilia Schmidt, Australia’s triple crown national champion and a recent medallist on the PPA tour.

In the women’s doubles Thaddea and Pei stormed their way to the final where they came up against the formidable opponents and top US Pros, Megan Fudge and Susannah Barr. Thaddea and Pei were unable to get the job done in the final and came home with a silver.

Earlier the same day, in the 35+ women’s doubles, Thaddea Lock teamed up with Isha Lakhani to claim another silver before once again losing to Megan Fudge and Susannah Barr in the final.

Other medals for UK players included a bronze for Julie McCauley (paired with Atul Edward) in the 50+ Open mixed doubles, a bronze for Tom Turney (paired with Carlos Perez) in the 35+ Open men’s doubles and yet another bronze for Emma Wrixon in the advanced women’s singles.

Here’s a roundup of the results.

Women’s Singles Open
Gold - Kao Pei Chuan,
Bronze - Thaddea Lock

Women’s Doubles Open
Silver - Thaddea Lock & Pei Chun Kao

Women’s 35+ Doubles Open
Silver- Thaddea Lock & Isha Lakhani

Women’s Advanced Singles
Bronze - Emma Wrixon

Mixed Doubles 50+
Bronze - Julie McCauley and Atul Edward

Mens 35+ Doubles Open
Bronze - Tom Turney and Carlos Perez

The Indian Open was streamed live on the APP YouTube channel. You can relive all the action here:

Indian Open Day 1
Indian Open Day 2
Indian Open Day 3
Indian Open Day 4

Also, check out this ‘courtside conversation’ with Louis Laville from the Indian Open.

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Pickleball graces the Super Bowl!

Pickleball managed to get some airtime during the Super Bowl commercial breaks this year as the Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers, 25-22.

The Super Bowl has long been the most expensive ad real estate on television with brands paying around $7 million for 30 seconds of ad space!

And how did Morgan Staley decide to spend that $7 million? With a 30-second Ad sponsoring their finance company E*TRADE, featuring America’s fastest-growing sport.

The ad named “Picklebabies” features two baby pickleballers against 2 adults. “It’s basically tennis for babies, but for adults,” says one of the picklebabies.  

Check out the Ad for yourself here.

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Team Pickleball Store tops the Pickleball Premier League

Source: Premier Pickleball League

Team Pickleball Store took one step closer to securing the inaugural Premier Pickleball League (PPL) title by finishing top of the table and guaranteeing themselves a semi-final spot and the best seeding for the PPL Finale in April.

The Premier Pickleball League commenced in Basingstoke on the 4th of June 2023 and following 5 fixtures across the country, Team Pickleball Store made up of Thaddea Lock, Pep Giuliano, Emerson Gregory, Emma Wrixon, Bernie Audibert and Suzanne Rouse put in a great performance at Kingsley Tennis Centre to win a dream breaker against third-place team, Scan, 21-17 which secured their place as league winners.

Source: Premier Pickleball League

“The team have played some incredible pickleball from the start of the league and throughout. All players have really stepped up to the plate when called upon.

We’ve had some tough games and dreambreakers over the 2023/24 season, but ultimately every player has played superbly.

It’s been a real honour to see them on the court and watch them individually grow as players and collectively as a team.”

Lloyd Attrill - The Pickleball Store

Team Pickleball Store and Team PicklePlay have both guaranteed themselves semi-final places whilst the remaining 4 teams will be seeded and will have to battle it out through quarter-finals.

The final will be held on the 28th of April 2024 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.

To learn more, visit the Premier Pickleball League website.

Speedcubing to world-leading pickleball paddle reviewer with Chris Olson

In this episode, I speak with Chris Olson from Pickleball Studio. This was a super fun episode with lots of laughs.

Chris is the internet's leading pickleball paddle reviewer and has grown his channel significantly in the few years that he's been running his podcast with Pickleball Will (see last episode).

In this episode, we chat about:

  • His background in speedcubing and filmmaking

  • How he got into pickleball

  • Pickleball documentaries he's worked on

  • What he enjoys about creating pickleball content

  • His aspirations for playing pickleball

  • His process for paddle testing

  • The growth of Pickleball in Minnesota

  • The future of Pickleball

Watch on YouTube here or listen on your favourite podcast app.

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