The APP Tour is finally back for round three of 2023 at the Mesa Open which will be the biggest APP tournament yet! With over 1,300 amateur and pro players gearing up to hit the courts this weekend, there’s a lot to get excited about.
The 2023 APP Mesa Open kicks off today at Bell Bank Park in Mesa, AZ, and will run through Sunday, April 2. In typical APP tournament fashion, the event will host several amateur, pro, and senior pro brackets in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions.
|Wednesday, March 29||Amateur Tournaments|
Super Sr. (60+) Men’s Pro Doubles
Super Sr. (60+) Women’s Pro Doubles
|Thursday, March 30||Men’s Pro Singles |
Women’s Pro Singles
Super Sr. (60+) Mixed Pro Doubles
|Friday, March 31||Mixed Pro Doubles |
Sr. Men’s Pro Doubles
Sr. Women’s Pro Doubles
|Saturday, April 1||Men’s Pro Doubles |
Women’s Pro Doubles
Mixed Sr. Pro Doubles
|Sunday, April 2||Pros Doubles and Singles Finals|
Sr. Men’s Pro Singles
Sr. Women’s Pro Singles
If last month’s APP Daytona Beach Open is any indicator of what’s to come this weekend, we’re in for quite the show. Let’s take a look at a few of the stars to watch out for!
There’s no question about it, Parris Todd has had an incredible start to the 2023 season. She started her year with a Triple Crown performance at the Punta Gorda Open where she didn’t drop a single game, and was close to earning another triple crown at the Daytona Beach Open.
Todd continued her success at Daytona Beach, defeating Salome Devidze in Women’s Singles and taking home the gold with her Women’s Doubles partner, Simone Jardim. She also took home the silver medal in Mixed Doubles alongside partner Hunter Johnson. It’s likely that Todd is hunting for another victorious outing this weekend, so we are 100% expecting to see her on Championship Sunday!
The Johnson Brothers have been a force to be reckoned with this season. Hunter and Yates faced one another in the finals match at Daytona, with Hunter taking home the gold and Yates the silver.
They’re also out for revenge in Men’s Doubles. The twins were the 5-seed at Daytona and fought their way to the finals where they faced off against the 1-seed duo of Andrei Daescu and Kyle Yates.
Yates and Daescu secured the first two games, pushing the match to a tie-breaker in game three. The Johnson brothers lost to an unfortunate wrong-receiver call, allowing Yates and Daescu the gold medal. Taking home the silver is an incredible feat, but the Johnsons will have their eyes set on gold in Mesa.
Bobbi Oshiro and Brendon Long were the only team that stood in the way of Parris Todd’s Triple Crown at APP Daytona. Oshiro and Long went into the playoffs as the underdog 8-seed, but were able to make their way all the way to the finals where they faced off against Hunter Johnson and Parris Todd.
Games 1 and 2 went to Todd and Johnson, which pushed it to the game to 15 tie-breaker. Oshiro and Long turned up in the tie-breaker and completely shut down Todd’s shot at a triple crown, winning 15-6. Oshiro was the MVP of the match with her ability to control the points and by keeping the ball in the right areas of the court for her team to succeed.
If Oshiro and Long can bring similar energy to their game in the Mesa Open they’ll have a great shot at earning back-to-back gold medals in Mixed Doubles.
How to Watch
If you’re in Arizona this weekend, grounds passes are still available online for about $20 per day. These tickets offer general admission to the tournament grounds, and also include access to the Championship Court.
Walk-up tickets will also be available right at Bell Bank Park when doors open at 8am MST each day.
The tournament’s pro-level playoff events will also be streamed live through APPTV on April 1, starting at 1pm MST, and on April 2, starting at 10am MST. Thanks to the APP’s broadcasting agreement with CBS Sports, a full Championship Sunday recap special will air on the CBS Sports Network channel at 9pm ET on Monday, April 3.
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