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Hello Pickleballers ,

These past two months have been very exciting for pickleball and for my family . During this time , my family and I have had an amazing time traveling ( Arizona , Florida and Washington ) and making new friends . We are new to the game and we are amazed at the friendliness of the top players and manufacturers welcoming us for practice games between their tournament matches or afterward with a beer on the court . Pickleball players are salt-of-the-earth , wonderful people ! We look forward to the time we will be enjoying with them for years to come .
Speaking of tournaments , the biggest news this past month ( and possibly the past several years ) was the US Open Championships in Naples , Florida . Over 800 players competed in the five-day festivities on 46 courts in East Naples Community Park . This was the inaugural event for promoters Terri Graham and Chris Evon – and they hit a grand slam . Check out our Open coverage beginning on page 14 .
Also in this issue , we have several instructional articles from some of the best names in the business : Steve Paranto , Rusty Howes , Prem Carnot , Christine Barksdale , and Christine McGrath . The articles are universal to players of all levels . I recommend reading each one .
There are two fitness and nutrition articles from nationally renowned doctors Alan Bragman and Sean Diamond . They have the ability to explain difficult content in a way that anyone can easily understand !
Another important feature is the article “ Evolution of the Ball .” Perhaps it should be named differently as the article spends much of its focus explaining what makes a good ball and what specification changes are being imposed on the manufacturers beginning this fall . Please read this article , as it will impact your game .
In June , I ’ ll be in my hometown of Pittsburgh for the first-ever Pickleball Classic , then off to the Southern California Classic to watch the top players compete . If you see me , please introduce yourself and help me out with any story ideas or comments you might have .
Also , if you have a question on a rule or a confusing pickleball circumstance you found yourself in , please contact us and we will present your question to our Rules Guru .
Have a great June and I hope to meet you on the courts .
Wayne Dollard , Publisher
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DESIGN Michael Miller
ADVISORY BOARD Kevin Curley Dennis Dacey A . J . Fraties Irene Fraties Alex Hamner Rusty Howes Lynn Laymon
Linda Laymon Jennifer Lucore Bob Nibarger Steve Paranto Paul Porch Brian Staub
INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF Sarah Ansboury Christine Barksdale Prem Carnot Rob Elliott Jim Hackenberg Yvonne Hackenberg
Christine McGrath Steve Paranto Paul Porch Tony Tollenar Steve Wong
Chris Allen Sarah Ansboury Judy Aron Christine Barksdale Mark Berton Dr . Alan Bragman Anne Breghero Prem Carnot Bill Clevlen Kevin Curley Dennis Dacey
Dr . Sean Diamond Joe Dinoffer
Steven Douglas Robert Elliott Barbara Fox A . J . Fraties Irene Fraties Randy Futty Jim Hackenburg Alex Hamner Brian Hendrickson
Michael Hess Celeste Horpel Rusty Howes Tony Horpel Linda Laymon Lynn Laymon Jennifer Lucore Justin Maloof Melissa McCurley Carolyn Milazzo Alan Neff Steve Paranto Audrey Phillips Paul Porch Ed Remen Kevin Richards Dr . Allan Rosenthal Jeff Ross Chris Thomas Alice Tym Barbara Wintroub
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