PickleballCentral was proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs. While this year has been another test of endurance when it comes to balancing safety with the return of more in-person events, we were inspired by the pickleball community’s resilience and drive to keep our sport going strong. In fact, looking at a breakdown of the stats surrounding this exciting event there were:
87 USA Pickleball certified referees
Making this event the largest pickleball tournament in the history of the sport!
We’re grateful to everyone who participated or showed up to support the competitors as we continue to see the game rise in popularity. PickleballCentral was there for 10 days as the one-stop shop for all sorts of pickleball gear from your favorite brands. We had a shoe try-on center, paddle demo center, ball machines, bags and more! There was also plenty of amazing pro action, and we’re here to provide a recap of the paddles used by medal winners if you’d like to try them for yourself.
Paddletek Pheonix Genesis – Leigh Waters
Leigh Waters took gold in Womens Doubles with her 14-year-old superstar daughter, Anna Leigh. This pair has been Nationals gold champs two years in a row.
The Phoenix Genesis Composite Pickleball Paddle is a fairly speedy option that has trim weight (7.4 – 7.8 oz) and dimensions. In addition to its easy maneuvering, it provides “Torsion Vibration Control” which helps players accurately place shots even when hitting off-center and dampens vibrations through the grip for better consistency even in the midst of tough exchanges.
ProKennex Ovation Flight – Jennifer Dawson
Jennifer was the only player at this year’s Nationals to win a Triple Crown (again!) – gold in all 3 events (Senior Singles, Doubles with Cammy McGregor and Mixed Doubles with Dayne Gingrich).
The ProKennex Kinetic Ovation Flight has a special core that uses tungsten fibers to reduce the amount of vibrations that reach the arm, minimizing shock from impact and helping to prevent injury. The innovative oval shape has great reactivity that’s all sweet spot, while the Air-O-Guard offers an edgeless design that eliminates mis-hits while protecting the paddle.
Free Paddle Cover ($16.99 value)
ONIX Evoke Premier – Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova
Partners Matt and Lucy won Silver in Mixed Doubles, adding another big win to their impressive record.
Matt and Lucy helped develop their signature paddle which is focused on reliable power and high-level precision. A light coating on the face softens the feel of impact while still ensuring a responsive touch. The Atomic13 Edge technology maintains a slim profile and also assists in dispersing shock while improving swing speed.
3 Free ONIX Fuse Outdoor Balls ($9.99 value)
Electrum Pro – Dayne Gingrich
Dayne won gold in Senior Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles with partners Dave Weinbach and Jennifer Dawson, finishing off a great year.
The Electrum Pro Graphite features a Toray T700 carbon fiber face which offers texture for spin and enhanced durability. Its broad surface creates a large sweet spot and the core only uses full cells, ensuring dependable feedback and power.
Free Paddle Cover ($16.99 value)
HEAD Gravity – Erik Lange
Erik won bronze in Men’s Doubles with partner Wes Gabrielsen. He is a PPR teaching pro and works full time as a regional sales rep for HEAD.
The HEAD Gravity’s face features a hybrid blend of graphite and composite materials that combine for a perfect mix of control and power. It uses a thicker 14 mm polymer core that adds to stability and great touch. The large sweet spot and tri-axial pattern on the surface which contributes to spin make this a winner.
|Zane Navratil||Franklin Ben Johns Signature||M Singles Silver|
|Lea Jansen||Franklin Ben Johns Signature||WD Silver|
|Catherine Parenteau||Paddletek Tempest Reign Pro||WD Bronze|
|Jessie Irvine||Engage Pursuit MX||WD Bronze|
|Irina Tereschenko||Paddletek Bantam EX-L||WD Silver, W Singles Bronze|
|Jilliam Braverman||Paddletek Sabre Pro||W Singles Silver|
|Paul Olin||GAMMA RZR||Sr M Singles Silver|
|Scott Fliegelman||Babolat RBEL Touch||Sr M Singles Bronze|
|Mattias Johansson||Engage Pursuit MX||Sr M Singles Gold|
|Mircea Morariu||Electrum Pro||Sr Mixed Bronze|
|Julie Johnson||Engage Encore 6.0||Sr Mixed Bronze, Sr Women’s Singles Silver|
|Callan Dawson||ProKennex Pro Speed II||M D Silver|
|Jennifer Dawson||ProKennex Ovation Flight||Sr Mixed Gold, Sr WD Gold, Sr Women’s Singles Gold – triple crown!|
|Tyson McGuffin||Selkirk VANGUARD Hybrid Invikta||M D Gold, M Singles Gold, Mixed Bronze|
|Lucy Kovalova||Onix Evoke Premier||Mixed Silver|
|Anna Leigh Waters||Paddletek Bantam TS-5||Mixed Bronze, WD Gold, W Singles Gold|
|Leigh Waters||Paddletek – Phoenix Genesis||WD Gold|
|Dave Weinbach||Paddletek Tempest Wave Pro||Sr M D Gold, Sr Mixed Silver|
|Scott Moore||Paddletek Sabre Pro||Sr M D Bronze|
|John Sperling||Selkirk VANGUARD Invikta (Electrify)||Sr M D Silver|
|Scott Crandall||Electrum||Sr M D Bronze|
|Dayne Gingrich||Electrum Pro||Sr M D Gold, Sr Mixed Gold|
|Cammy MacGregor||Selkirk AMPED S2||Sr WD Gold, Sr Women’s Singles Bronze|
|Nathalie Bagby||Paddletek EX-L Pro||Sr Women’s Silver|
|Riley Newman||GAMMA Signature Model||M D Gold, Mixed Gold|
|Wes Gabrielsen||Selkirk AMPED Epic||M D Bronze|
|Kevin Booth||Gearbox CX14H||Sr M D Silver|
|Erik Lange||HEAD Gravity||M D Bronze|
|Kris Anderson||Onix Evoke Premier||Sr MD xxx|
View all Pro Paddles Here.
(Event stats from USAPickleball.)