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Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

Posted on May 20, 2022 by under Pickleball, Travel.    

Miscellaneous pictures from the US Open last month…

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Pictures of Championship Court…

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The bleacher seats require general admission tickets but the box seats and the bar top tables in the lounge required special VIP credentials.

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You want one of these special credentials…

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Here’s a better picture of the air-conditioned VIP lounge.

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Pictures of everyone’s tents at the Players’ Village.

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Here’s a tournament map. This is definitely the most massive tournament I’ve ever attended. There were dozens of courts, a special section for players’ tents called the Players’ Village, there’s a couple of huge tents for the vendors called the Vendor Village, lots of food trucks, live music, and so forth.

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Here’s a picture of our parking pass which I kept as a souvenir. The parking fee was $5 per day or $30 for the entire week and benefited the local Kiwanis club.

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Got a picture with my friend Chase Distefano who was working at the Zelus booth inside the Vendor Village.

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Brian bought a ball cap at the Zelus booth.

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Got a picture with my friend Tien Nguyen from Oklahoma.

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I had to take a picture of the portapottys because there were super nice. The nicest ones I’d ever seen at any tournament.

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There were amazing matches going on everywhere, not just at the Championship Court. You can just watch from court to court to court.

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If you didn’t have tickets to Championship Court, you could also watch the broadcasted matches via the jumbo TV at the Fan Zone.

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Here’s a picture of Ryan Sherry and Ben Johns at the Championship Court.

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Pictures taken at the Championship Court.

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A selfie with the hubs at Championship Court.

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Picture of the VIP lounge inside Championship Court.

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When you arrive later in the morning, you have to park at the park down the street which they’ve turned into overflow parking. The nice thing is that there is a shuttle that goes back and forth. Here’s a picture of the shuttle bus that takes people to and from the overflow parking lot.

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Picture with Joe and Cindy Witte at Players’ Village.

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Picture with KaSandra Gehrke at the Kitch booth.

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Picture with Belinda Dettman at Vendor Village.

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Picture with Joe and Cindy at Championship Court.

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Selfie at East Naples Community Park at night…

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Group picture with a fun crew after some rec play at the park.

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Caught up with the beautiful and talented Jessie Irvine at the Engage booth at Vendor Village at the US Open.

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Impressive blue dome covering the Zing Zang championship court…

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The Wichita pickleball crew was well-represented at the US Open.

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Karen and Janelle on women’s doubles day…

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Post-medal presentation selfie with Brian…

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With our St. Louis, MO pals — Christie Pink and Monica Ray…

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Met senior pro and hall-of-famer Enrique Ruiz at the Fan Zone…

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With Mircea Moriariu and John Sperling, a couple of really awesome senior pros.

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These pictures really do not do the tournament justice. To say that the Minto US Open is the biggest party on earth is an understatement. It’s like a cross between a pickleball tournament, music festival, and trade show that is attended by thousands of people – players and spectators alike. It is a truly massive event that every pickleball fan must experience at least once. I am completely hooked and am looking forward to going every year from here on out. So excited for next year!

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