Monday at the US Open saw the amateur men’s and women’s doubles age events take place. We also saw the Pro Split-Age categories for men and women.
These events are only for higher skill level players with a level of 4.0 or higher. They offer more prize money and stipulate that one player must be 49 or younger and the other 50 or older.
Monday’s highlights were as follows:
In the men’s Pro Split-Age, Andrei Dăescu and Dave Weinback took the gold medal position, beating Altaf Merchant and John Cincola. Scott Fliegelman and Ryler DeHeart took bronze.
In the Women’s category, Sheri Courter and Mari Humberg triumphed over Beth Bellamy and Women Pro Singles winner Parris Todd. Lee Whitwell and Gigi Fernández won the bronze award.
Elsewhere, in the most senior age groups for the doubles events, Bill Furse and John Mrachek won the 80+ Men’s event, while Deb Harrison and Ruth Weil took gold in the 75+ Women’s event.
The young guns Alec LaMacchio and Grant Johnson triumphed in the youngest male category for doubles, the 19+. Ellen Giger and Mackenzie Phillips took the Women’s 19+ award.
Dăescu, 34, is a Romanian professional tennis player. He is a current member of Romania’s Davis Cup team. His highest-ever ATP ranking was 654 for singles and 355 for doubles. Dave Weinback is 52 and from Madison WI. He loves defeating other players half his age and has won 140 gold medals, of which 10 have been in the USA Pickleball National Championships and another dozen in the US Open.
Sheri Courter plays at Coffman Park in Dublin, Ohio. Humberg won the 4.0 doubles gold medal with Sena Suswam at the Louisville Pickleball Cup in October last year.
See a full list of Monday’s results on the US Open Pickleball website.
You can read about yesterday’s games by clicking here.
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