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Preview and Predictions for the APP Miami Open, the Tour's First Major of '24

by Erik Tice on

The next stop on the APP circuit is this weekend at the APP Miami Open, being played at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This is considered the first Major of the APP Tour in 2024, with more prize money on the line. 

Not Just a Normal Tournament - APP Atlantic Cup

Running concurrently with the APP Miami is an awesome new event. The inaugural APP Atlantic Cup is running March 20, 22, and 24. The Atlantic Cup is an international competition between Team USA and Team Europe and is the first of its kind. There will be singles, doubles, and mixed doubles. 

It turns out that having two forehands in the middle of the court can be quite an advantage, but only if used properly. 

Team rosters and more details on the APP Atlantic Cup can be found here.

APP Pickleball beats

Friday night at 8 pm ET, a concert will take place at Island Gardens - the APP Pickleball beats. The concert features Shaggy and DJ Ivie. Tickets can be had for $50 a piece, with extra incentives for purchasing those tickets with a Chase credit card. The venue is just a 15-minute drive away from the pickleball festivities.

How to Watch the APP Miami Open

  • Friday, 3/22 - 12-6p ET - ESPN+
  • Saturday, 3/23 - 12-6p ET - ESPN+
  • Sunday, 3/24 - 10a - 12p ET - ESPN2
  • Sunday, 3/24 - 12-4p ET - ESPN+

APP Miami Open Preview and Predictions

Men’s singles

Favorites

  • Will Howells - Coming off his first APP Tour singles gold in Sacramento
  • Chris Haworth - Won APP Punta Gorda
  • JW Johnson - A top 10 men’s singles player
  • Hunter Johnson - Dominated APP Tour last year
  • Jack Foster - Silver at APP Sacramento - can he make another run?

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Cinderella hopefuls

  • Michael Loyd - I will just keep predicting him making a deep run until it happens
  • Purple Jesus - Yes he has a crazy name, but he also has a very good game
  • Dusty Boyer - Made a really good singles run in Minnesota - can he make it back to back events?

Men's singles predictions

  • Semifinals: JW Johnson, Will Howells, Chris Haworth, Jack Foster
  • Finals: JW Johnson beats Chris Haworth

Women’s singles

Favorites

  • Judit Castillo - A win on the PPA Tour and APP Tour already this year
  • Jorja Johnson - Just won APP Sacramento
  • Megan Fudge - One of the best APP singles players out there

Cinderella hopefuls

  • Alix Truong - Could easily make a deep run in this bracket
  • Daria Walczak - Played really well at APP Sacramento - tall and has great reach

Women's singles predictions

  • I don’t think anyone other than the three favorites has a chance to win
  • Jorja and Judit play each other for the gold - Judit takes it

Men’s doubles

Favorites

  • John Cincola and Jack Munro - This duo has a super high ceiling
  • Andrei Daescu and Gabe Tardio - This team has beaten Ben and Collin Johns
  • Hunter and Yates Johnson - Continuously competing for medals on the APP Tour
  • JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier - The second best men’s team in pickleball

Cinderella hopefuls

Men's doubles predictions

  • Semifinalists: JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier, Andrei Daescu and Gabe Tardio, Will Howells and Ryler DeHeart, John Cincola and Jack Munro
  • JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier beat Daescu and Tardio in the finals

Women’s doubles

Favorites

  • Megan Fudge and Susannah Barr - Last year’s number one APP team
  • Milan Rane and Jorja Johnson - Not a normal partnership, but they train together

Cinderella hopefuls

  • Alix Truong and Mari Humberg - Both players playing well recently
  • Riley Bohnert and Regina Goldberg - Bohnert is on the rise and Goldberg is in her backyard

Women's doubles predictions

The favorites are going to be the two finalists and Millie Rane and Jorja Johnson pull off the win over Fudge and Barr

Mixed doubles

Favorites

  • Hurricane Tyra Black and Dylan Frazier - This team is getting better every time they play
  • Megan Fudge and Andrei Daescu - Daescu is playing out of his mind right now
  • Jorja Johnson and Gabe Tardio - Jorja playing with someone other than her brother
  • Hunter Johnson and Susannah Barr - New pairing, but both high level players

Cinderella hopefuls

  • Millie Rane and Will Howells - They train together a lot and both are on the rise
  • CJ Klinger and Ewa Radzikowska - The 2023 MLP Challenger Level MVPs

Mixed doubles predictions

  • Semifinals: Dylan Frazier and Hurricane Tyra Black, Megan Fudge and Andrei Daescu, Jorja Johnson and Gabe Tardio, and CJ Klinger and Ewa Radzikowska
  • Finals: Daescu and Fudge take down Dylan Frazier and Hurricane Tyra Black

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