Every year the competition at USAPA Nationals gets even more fierce! Check out one of those competitions in this high energy gold medal battlebetween dynamic married duo Yvonne & Jim Hackenberg as they take on top 5.0 players Mark Friedenberg and Marsha Freso in the Mixed Doubles 65+ 5.0 Gold Medal Match. It’s a pretty fast and furious match-up including long rallies and a parade of overhead smashes as these two top teams duke it out for the top prize!
By Lawana Johnson
Dick Johnson competed in the 2017 USAPA Nationals in Casa Grande, Arizona, where he won the following medals:
Silver: 75 3.5 Men’s Singles
Silver: 75 4.5-4.0 Mixed Doubles
Bronze: 75 5.0-4.5 Men’s Doubles
After starting to play pickleball only 5 years ago, this year’s unique medaling Grand Slam was achieved by Dick winning medals in all 6 senior Majors in 2017 ( USAPA Nationals, US Open, Huntsman World Sr. Games, SSIPA World Championships, National Senior Olympic Games and the State Games of America). And, he has now done it for three consecutive years, bringing home 35 medals in those major tourneys (14 Golds, 12 Silvers, 9 Bronzes). Several of those medals were achieved by 77 year old Dick playing
down in age against younger players and up in skill level brackets.
The Seniors at USAPA Nationals this week were on fire! There was some tough competition and high energy play from the 60+ category during the 2017 USAPA Nationals Pickleball Tournament in Casa Grande, AZ. Check out this fun video showcasing these super seniors including slow motion footage and points played out completely uncut as they battle it out.