2022 US Open Pickleball Championships in Naples, FL
The Minto U.S. Open 2022 Pickleball Championships tournament was held April 14-22 in Naples, Florida. This is the largest pickleball tournament in the world with over 2,882 players representing 25 countries and 49 states in 2022. The Sun City Center Pickleball Club was represented by Rick Johnson Jr, Joe Norton, Karen Sellers, Mary Huntington and Peter and Donna Cabral. The Cabrals competed in the 60+ 4.0 age/skill level in mixed doubles, competing against teams from Minnesota, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Massachusetts. They outlasted the field winning the gold medal! Rick Johnson Jr won silver in men’s doubles age 70+ 4.0 skill level and Karen Sellers won bronze in mixed doubles, age 80+. Joe Norton competed with Peter Cabral in men’s doubles, age 60+ 4.5 age/skill level, lasting deep into five matches. Norton and Cabral were losing 7-3 and stormed back to win the match 17-15. Mary Huntington competed in mixed doubles age 75+ 3.0 age/skill level, dominating her first match 11-0, 11-2 before getting rained out in the afternoon. Congratulations to all of our club’s participants in this amazing tournament!