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CIBC Texas Open Preview: Top Players and Exciting Matchups

The CIBC Texas Open, powered by Tixer, is set to take place in the Lone Star State, bringing together some of the best pickleball players in the intense and thrilling competition. As always, the tournament promises a host of exciting matchups and storylines that fans will not want to miss. Here’s a detailed look at what’s in store.

Top Women’s Singles at CIBC Texas Open 2024

Anna Leigh Waters: The Undisputed Queen

Anna Leigh Waters remains undefeated in singles in 2024. She faces a potential early challenge from Liz TruLuck and may meet the fourth seed, Salome Devidze, in the semifinals. Devidze, known for her strong singles play, will be a tough competitor.

Catherine Parenteau: Seeking Her First Win

The second seed, Catherine Parenteau, is surprisingly still looking for her first singles title this year. Kaitlyn Christian and Kate Fahey, a rising star from MLP St. Louis Shock, are in her section. Fahey’s aggressive play style and rapid improvement make her a player to watch.

Men’s Singles: CIBC Texas Open 2024

Ben Johns vs. Federico Staksrud: The Rivalry Continues

Ben Johns, having recently reclaimed his number-one spot, remains the player to beat. His main challenger, Fed Staksrud, has reached every final this year but has yet to overcome Johns. Christian Alshon and Connor Garnett add depth to the top half, while the likes of Big Papa Jimmy and Quang Duong are set to make waves.

CIBC Texas Open Preview (2)

Mixed Doubles: CIBC Texas Open 2024

New Dynamic Duo: Christian Alshon and Etta Wright

This exciting new pairing will test their mettle against the top seeds, Anna Leigh Waters and Ben Johns, who recently won in Atlanta despite a surprising pickle on Championship Sunday. Other notable pairs include Andrea Koop and Collin Johns, and Anna Bright and Tyson McGuffin, the latter forming a last-minute partnership.

Women’s Doubles: CIBC Texas Open 2024

Waters and Parenteau: The Team to Beat

Anna Leigh Waters and Catherine Parenteau have been dominant, with minimal losses this year. The pair of Jade Kawamoto and Andrea Koop, who reached the final in Atlanta, will face an uphill battle against Waters and Parenteau earlier in the draw. Additionally, Kate Fahey and Anna Bright, along with Vivienne David and Parris Todd, bring excitement and skill to the competition.

Men’s Doubles: CIBC Texas Open 2024

Frazier and Johnson: On a Hot Streak

Dylan Frasier and his partner are riding high after recent successes. Ben and Collin Johns, the top seeds, have faced unexpected losses lately and will be eager to bounce back. Other intriguing pairings include the big server John Isner with Wyatt Stone and AJ Koller with local favorite Noah Yount.

Big Storylines

Fox National Coverage: The tournament will be broadcasted on Fox National on Sunday, June 2nd, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. Earlier this year, over half a million viewers tuned in, and this event promises similar excitement.

Ranking Battles: The top spots are up for grabs, with Fed Staksrud potentially reclaiming number one if he performs well and Ben Johns stumbles.

John Isner’s Debut: Former tennis pro John Isner, known for his record-breaking serves, will be a formidable presence on the pickleball court.

Texas Tour: This marks the third major pickleball event in Texas this year, following tournaments in Austin and Houston.

CIBC Texas Open Preview (1)

Tournament Format

The CIBC Texas Open is an open tournament with 1,000 points available to the winners. The schedule is as follows:

– Thursday: Singles

– Friday: Mixed Doubles

– Saturday: Men’s and Women’s Doubles (through the semi-finals)

– Sunday: Championship matches

Fans can catch all the action on Pickleball TV, FS1 on Saturday, and Fox National on Sunday. This promises to be a fantastic event showcasing the best in pickleball. 

 

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