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The 2024 US Open Championships Preview and Predictions

by Erik Tice on

The US Open Championships started this past weekend and will finish this Saturday in Naples, Florida. The US Open has long been established as one of the biggest pickleball tournaments outside the professional tours. This year is expected to be the biggest yet, with 4,882 players registered for this tournament.

For context, 995 players are registered for the upcoming PPA Los Cab Open, and 1,400 were registered for one of the larger PPA tournaments, the Mesa Arizona Cup. The US Open is attracting 4-5 times more players than the PPA Tour.

A large part of that huge number of entries are amateurs. Impressive nonetheless.

The professional events started Sunday. Some players played in the PPA Houston Open and then jumped on a quick flight over to Naples to be able to play in this tournament. 

Due to contract issues, rest, and travel schedules, the US Open doesn’t have as many big PPA Tour player names playing in it as in the past.

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Who's in?

The biggest names playing in the US Open Championships include:

  • Anna Leigh Waters
  • Leigh Waters
  • Andrei Daescu
  • Gabe Tardio
  • Jorja Johnson
  • JW Johnson 
  • Dylan Frazier
  • Chris Haworth
  • Parris Todd
  • Megan Fudge
  • Susannah Barr
  • Hunter Johnson
  • Yates Johnson
  • Simone Jardim

How to Watch the Minto US Open Championships

Tune into the Pickleball Channel every day of the tournament, starting at 2 p.m. ET for live streaming.

Results through Monday

Women’s Pro Singles

Jorja Johnson DOMINATED women’s singles on Sunday. On her way to winning gold, she beat the following players:

  • Simone Jardim - 11-4, 11-4
  • Jenna Hesser - 11-0, 11-1
  • Finals: Megan Fudge - 11-2, 11-3

Johnson, 11th in our recent women’s singles power rankings, beat Megan Fudge (5th in our power rankings) in the finals.

Podium List

  1. Jorja Johnson
  2. Megan Fudge
  3. Jenna Hessert

Men’s Pro Singles

Jack Foster beat Chris Haworth for the men’s singles win on Sunday. He won by a comfortable margin (11-5, 11-4). He showed quite the mental fortitude after losing 5-11, 1-11 to Ben Johns three days earlier. On his way to his first gold medal, Foster beat JW Johnson and Yates Johnson (no relation).

Podium List

  1. Jack Foster
  2. Chris Haworth
  3. JW Johnson

Upcoming Events and Predictions

Split Age Men’s Doubles

First, if you are newer to pickleball you may have just read "Split Age Men’s Doubles" and said, "huh?" The concept is simple: The team must consist of a player 49 or younger and another player who is 50 or older.

The favorite going into the draw is Dylan Frazier and Altaf Merchant because Merchant has the results to be the best senior pro on tour this year and last year, and Dylan is, well, Dylan. Merchant is known for his crazy antics, like screams and hip thrusts after winning points.

Split Age Women's Doubles

The favorites in this event are Megan Fudge and Karin Ptaszek-Kochis. The former Danish tennis star has 6 ITF titles and a 23-16 record in the Fed Cup. Fudge is easily among the top five females in the US Open.

Ptaszek-Kochis won the AARP Champions Pro Women’s Singles title in the APP Delray Beach.

Other teams to look out for: 

  • Sheri Courter/Mari Humberg
  • Suzanne Leblang/Milan Rane
  • Ryann Foster/Lee Whitwell

Split Age Mixed Doubles

Returning winners from 2023 – Jamie Oncins and Simone Jardim – will be favored again this year.

Other teams to look out for:

  • Mari Humberg/Dave Weinbach
  • Allison Harris/Altaf Merchant
  • Megan Fudge/Dayne Gingrich
  • Jorja Johnson/Mircea Morariu
  • Andrei Daescu/Lee Whitwell

Watching these matchups – which we don’t get to see every day – will be highly entertaining. This event has 64 teams registered, so it should be high-level competition throughout.

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On Thursday there is the Men’s Pro Doubles Qualifier — eight Qualifiers advance — and the Mixed Pro Qualifier, with eight qualifiers advanced.

On Friday, April 19th, we get back to the pros.

Men’s Doubles Pro


  • JW Johnson/Dylan Frazier
  • Andrei Daescu/Gabe Tardio
  • Ryler DeHeart/Will Howells
  • Hunter Johnson/Yates Johnson

Underdogs to Look Out For

  • Brandon Lane/Ross Whittaker
  • William Sobek/Kyle Yates
  • Jack Munro/Andre Mick
  • Jack Foster/Rob Davidson


  • I can’t see any other team winning other than the four favorites listed above
  • Finals: Daescu/Tardio beat JW Johnson/Frazier for the gold

Women’s Doubles Pro


  • Susannah Barr/Bobbi Oshiro
  • Simone Jardim/Allison Harris
  • Milan Rane/Jorja Johnson
  • Parris Todd/Yana Newell
  • Alix Truong/Megan Fudge
  • Anna Leigh Waters/Leigh Waters

Anna Leigh and her mom, Leigh Waters, haven’t played together since Leigh’s ACL tear over a year and a half ago. It will be very exciting to see them playing together again. This draw is wide open, with any of these six teams capable of making the finals.


  • When I can pick the best female player in the world, I do it. ALW and her mom beat Truong and Fudge in the finals.

Mixed Doubles Pro


  • Megan Fudge/Andrei Daescu
  • Jorja Johnson/Gabe Tardio
  • Milan Rane/Dylan Frazier
  • Parris Todd/Hunter Johnson
  • JW Johnson/Anna Leigh Waters
  • Susannah Barr/Will Howells

Without Ben Johns playing in this event, it'll be cool to see ALW play with JW Johnson for a tournament. They should be the top seed and be heavy favorites to make it to the finals. 

Prediction: ALW and JW Johnson beat Jorja Johnson and Gabe Tardio in the finals.


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Erik Tice

Erik Tice

Erik produces content for The Dink related to pro and collegiate pickleball. He is an avid watcher of pickleball and became passionate about the sport in early 2022.

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