Most pickleball tournaments use a standard double-elimination bracket where teams play until they lose one game, then they play in a losers’ bracket until they lose another game. This means that even teams who lose a match can still work towards winning a gold medal.
At the first US Open Pickleball Championships, a new tournament structure will be used.
Once a team loses a match, they drop into the consolation bracket and the highest medal they can win is a bronze medal.
The two teams in the gold medal match will not have lost a single match.
Also a first at the US Open Pickleball Championships is a Pro Division that will be handled differently.
Wayne Larsen and Kevin Johnson have been meeting with and working with Meridian Parks and Recreation to get more pickleball courts at Settlers Park (on the corner of N. Meridian Road and W. Ustick Lane).
They succeeded in getting permission to tape two of the existing tennis courts with pickleball lines.
An enthusiastic group of nearly 30 (!) players showed up EARLY on Wednesday morning to help tape the courts.
And before the tape was completely put down, players were playing on the new-to-pickleball courts!
CBS Sports Network and the US Open Pickleball Championships are teaming up to bring Pickleball to over 50 million subscribers! A one hour show will be aired within 30 days after the final matches are played. The production team will be on the Zing Zang Championship Court Saturday night filming all three pro doubles finals. Who will be the first Pickleball superstars on national TV?
Stay tuned for more information…
In the meantime, here’s a great story looking behind the scenes on what it takes to put on an event of this magnitude from the Seattle Post Intelligencer: