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PPA Selkirk Red Rock Open Recap: An Exhilarating Weekend of Pro Pickleball that Won't Soon be Forgotten

By Kyle Whatnall

on Apr 17, 2023

The PPA Selkirk Red Rock Open has come to a close, and the event will forever be etched in the minds of pickleball enthusiasts. St. George, Utah, was the ultimate stage for a showcase of talent, skill, and unforgettable moments in the world of professional pickleball.

Tyson McGuffin: Double Gold Medalist

Selkirk-sponsored player Tyson McGuffin was the star of the show, bringing home not one but two gold medals. McGuffin's outstanding performance in Men's Singles saw him defeat fellow Selkirk pro Pablo Tellez 11-9, 11-7, exhibiting exceptional athleticism and tactical intelligence in a matchup that saw a Vanguard Power Air Invikta paddle take on a Selkirk Labs Project 002. This victory was made even more impressive by his earlier success in Men's Doubles alongside Brendan Long, where they overcame Collin Johns and Dekel Bar in a thrilling five-game rollercoaster. McGuffin's achievements at the Selkirk Red Rock Open have cemented his status as a titan in the world of pickleball. 

 Catherine Parenteau: Singles Dominance

Catherine Parenteau wowed fans with her commanding victory in Women's Singles. She defeated her opponent, Salome Devidze, with a final score of 11-1, 11-6. Parenteau's relentless pace and incredible shot selection demonstrated her prowess on the court, further solidifying her position as a top contender in the women's game.

 James Ignatowich: Mixed Doubles Gold

James Ignatowich and Anna Bright took home the gold in Mixed Doubles, defeating Jessie Irvine and AJ Koller 11-7, 12-10, 11-3. Their harmonious teamwork, strong communication, and complementary playing styles earned them a well-deserved victory. Ignatowich's performance, combined with Bright's exceptional play, makes them a formidable team to watch in future tournaments. Ignatowich also secured a bronze medal in men's doubles at the Selkirk Red Rock Open.

 Emerging Partnerships and Future Rivalries

The Selkirk Red Rock Open not only provided a platform for established players to shine but also allowed new partnerships to emerge. Meghan Dizon and Etta Wright clinched their first PPA title in Women's Doubles, while Tyson McGuffin and Brendan Long demonstrated their potential as a dominant force in Men's Doubles. These exciting new partnerships are sure to create intense rivalries and alliances, adding even more excitement to the world of pickleball.

Looking Ahead: The PPA Tour Continues

As the PPA Tour marches on, fans eagerly anticipate the next opportunity to witness world-class athletes in action. The Selkirk Red Rock Open set the stage for more drama, upsets, and unforgettable moments in the world of professional pickleball. The PPA Tour continues this week when it heads to sunny Southern California for the PPA Newport Beach Doubles Shootout. 

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