Double Crown for McGuffin, Gold Medals for Parenteau & Ignatowich at PPA Selkirk Red Rock Open
The Selkirk Red Rock Open, one of the most anticipated events on the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) Tour, concluded today in St. George, Utah, with a series of electrifying matches and unforgettable moments. Championship Saturday showcased the finest talents in the sport, with nail-biting five-game thrillers and impressive displays of power and skill.
In Women's Singles, Catherine Parenteau put on a commanding performance, defeating Salome Devidze 11-1, 11-6. Parenteau's power and precise placement were on full display as she dominated the match from start to finish. Her relentless pace and incredible shot selection left her opponent struggling to find a rhythm, solidifying Parenteau's status as a top contender in the women's game.
Championship Saturday also featured two five-game thrillers in the doubles categories. In Men's Doubles, Tyson McGuffin and Brendan Long emerged victorious in a rollercoaster match against Collin Johns and Dekel Bar, winning 11-1, 3-11, 8-11, 11-3, 13-11. Despite facing a match point against them, the new duo showed their resilience and stormed back to secure their first Championship title together. This hard-fought victory demonstrated their potential as a dominant force in future tournaments.
The Women's Doubles was equally dramatic, with Meghan Dizon and Etta Wright clinching their first PPA title as partners by defeating Allyce Jones and Lea Jansen in a five-game marathon, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 3-11, 11-8. This match will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most memorable battles in PPA Tour history, with both teams displaying exceptional skill, grit, and determination. The victory for Dizon and Wright, in particular, signals the beginning of a promising partnership that could challenge the established elite in the women's doubles game.
In Mixed Doubles, Anna Bright and James Ignatowich continued to show their incredible chemistry both on and off the court, defeating Jessie Irvine and AJ Koller 11-7, 12-10, 11-3. The duo's harmonious teamwork, bolstered by their strong communication and complementary playing styles, earned them yet another gold medal. Bright and Ignatowich's consistent success highlights their status as a top mixed doubles team and one to watch in upcoming tournaments.
Championship Saturday concluded with Men's Singles, where Tyson McGuffin triumphed over Pablo Tellez 11-9, 11-7. McGuffin's victory marked his return to top form, earning him a second gold medal for the day and reminding pickleball fans just how dominant he can be when he's at his best. His exceptional athleticism, powerful groundstrokes, and tactical intelligence were on full display during the match, leaving no doubt that he remains a force to be reckoned with in the men's game.
The Selkirk Red Rock Open will be remembered not only for the thrilling matches and incredible comebacks but also for the emergence of new partnerships destined to shake up the pickleball world. As the PPA Tour continues, fans eagerly await the next opportunity to witness these world-class athletes in action. The PPA Tour continues with the Newport Beach Shootout from the Tennis & Pickleball Club in Newport Beach.