Hey Pickleball fans!
Did you catch Major League Pickleball's second event of the year in Daytona Beach, Fla.?
It was crazy!
Ben Johns and the Seattle Pioneers dominated the Premier Level and took home the championship. And in the Challenger Level, the Bay Area Breakers went back to back, beating the revamped Dallas Pickleball Club.
The tournament was packed with excitement, and even former tennis pro Sam Querrey couldn't resist joining in. But sadly, his team, DC Pickleball Club, couldn't get out of the group stage and ended up second to last in the standings.
In the Premier Level, the Pioneers beat the California BLQK Bears in the finals, and Federico Staksrud showed that he's a force to be reckoned with. He's definitely no longer just a singles specialist. The Los Angeles Mad Drops, the defending champs, lost to the Pioneers in the semi-finals, and the New York 5s with Waters, Lea Jansen, James Ignatowich, and Hayden Patriquin went down to the BLQK Bears.
As for the Challenger Level, the Bay Area Breakers had to work harder for the hardware this time, but they still came out on top. They beat the restructured Dallas Pickleball Club team in the finals 3-1, only losing the men's doubles match. And let me tell you, the real finals was the semi-final match between the Chicago Slice and the Breakers.
It was tight, but the Breakers secured the win.
But wait, there's more! The hype for the MLP San Clemente is already building. Two teams have made moves to help bolster their chance of turning things around before the end of season one.
So, stay tuned for more exciting pickleball action!