– [Narrator] In 2016, Naples,
Florida staked its claim as pickleball capital of the world, hosting the inaugural US Open in a state of the art facility. Three years later, the Open is bigger and better than ever. The best players in the
world hail to paradise in the quest to add their names to the small and prestigious
list of US Open champions. The US Open Mixed Pro Doubles is next on CBS Sports Network. (upbeat music) – You’d be hard-pressed to
find a more beautiful setting than the white sand
beaches of Naples, Florida. And what a week it has
been in Naples, Florida as the sport of pickleball celebrates its greatest tournament for a fourth consecutive year. The 2019 US Open Pickleball Championships are right here at East
Naples Community Park, Zing Zang Championship Court. It is sold out and they are ready to watch tonight’s featured match, the pro mixed doubles gold medal match. And welcome to Naples everybody. Dave Benz hanging out
with Melissa McCurley of pickleballtournaments.com, Mark Renneson of Third Shot Sports. Guys, last year, it was
Simone Jardim and Kyle Yates over Lucy Kovalova and Matt Wright. We have a rematch this year. Melissa, why might it be
different this time around? – Yeah well six months later, we had the same matchup at the Indian Wells National Tournament and there was a different outcome. Lucy and Matt took that championship. And they’re gonna be looking to take their first championship for the US Open here tonight. – But of course, Yates and Jardim have the home court advantage, both being from Southwest Florida. The crowd’s gonna be on their side and this is gonna be electric. – And it has been a great atmosphere. This has proven to be a great tournament. It has grown by leaps and
bounds since it began in 2016. Last year, 1,900 participants. Over 2,100 this year in age
range between 10 and 86. The purse has grown bigger and this all for a sport that had very humble beginnings up in the Pacific Northwest. And for more on the origins
of the sport of pickleball, let’s check in with Rusty Howes. – Hey everyone, you might not know it. The sport of pickleball
was actually created back in 1965 in Bainbridge
Island in Washington. A few local families were
looking for a way to have fun. In the last 54 years, the sport’s grown exponentially, not just in the US, but around the world. One exciting thing is the
addition of a pro bracket, which actually got started here at the Minto US Open
Pickleball Championships. More and more athletes
are joining the bracket and you are about to get to see some amazing athleticism and skills right here on Zing Zang
Championship Court. So back to you, Dave. – [Dave] All right, thank
you very much Rusty. We are excited to get the action started. The first serve in our gold
medal mixed pro doubles match coming up after this timeout
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Dick’s Sporting Goods. And by Naples-Marco
Island and the Everglades, Florida’s paradise coast. – [Dave] The fans have been piling in here at East Naples Community Park. They are excited to see
championship Saturday here at the Zing Zang Championship Court and the gold medal match for the mixed pro doubles. Simone Jardim and Kyle
Yates, the number one seed, will square off against Lucy Kovalova and Matt Wright, the number two seed. It is 84 degrees. Heat index not as bad as it
has been earlier this week, only 89 degrees. On Friday it was in triple
digits most of the day. But we are just about
set and Simone Jardim will control the first serve. – [Melissa] And this should be
a very, very exciting match. Six months ago, these teams
played against each other in the national tournament, Matt and Lucy winning that one. So I know that Kyle and Simone are not gonna want to give up their US Open title they own here. – [Dave] Yeah, we mentioned at the top that it was Jardim and
Yates that won the gold in a matchup against
Kovalova and Wright last year and they side out to start this match. And Kovalova and Wright
actually got off to a good start in that match here last year. They won the first game 11-6, but then fell on the next
two games 11-5, 11-2. (ball knacking) Wright flicks it off the net cord. And if you’re new to pickleball, each side gets each server before the service changes side to the other side of the net with the exception
being the opening serve. As you saw, Jardim only got the one and a nice put away there, and that’ll give the serve
back now to Yates and Jardim. – [Melissa] They’ll play
the best two out of three, to 11, win by two. And you talked about last year. And today, this is the 5th
match to get here to the finals. Lucy and Matt did go, they did get contested
when they played against Parenteau and Farias. It took ’em three to take that. Simone and Kyle pretty much uncontested all the way to the final. – [Dave] Matt cut in front of Lucy to try and take that one and ends up hitting it into the net. So our first point of the
match is on the board. – [Mark] So that’s a pattern
that you’re gonna see regularly throughout this match is that both of the guys, Yates and Wright, are gonna look to threaten, to cover the middle of the net to see if they can intercept a ball that’s still a little bit high, like you saw right there.
(crowd cheering) – [Melissa] Well that
was right on cue, Mark. – [Mark] I mean it’s so valuable. It’s so valuable if you can get the ball when it’s high above the net
’cause you can hit down on it. And so we call that a poach when you can cross in
front of your partner to intercept that ball, and Yates gave a clinic on it right there. – [Melissa] And Kyle
is the youngest player on the court tonight, but extremely experienced. – [Dave] Won a gold in
his first ever tournament he ever played in
pickleball at the age of 19. – [Melissa] I was there that night. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Mark] So here’s a great example of why pickleball’s not
just about hitting hard, not just about offense, but also defending well to
give yourself a chance to win. We saw Jardim dig that ball out. It was down near her feet. She got one more ball back giving her a chance to finish the point. – [Melissa] And that was smart
by Lucy changing that up. Kyle not necessarily expecting
her to go behind him, but perhaps get into just a
dinking pattern with Simone. Good job. – [Dave] All four of these players do have a tennis background. Kovalova moved from Slovenia to Kansas to play tennis at Wichita State. She puts it into the net there. Matt Wright, he played tennis at the University of Michigan. Simone Jardim, a tennis background. She actually was a tennis
coach at Michigan State for a period of time. And Kyle Yates played high school tennis at Cypress Lake High School
right here in Fort Myers. (shoes squeaking) Great patience, Simone going
for the Around The Post but she’s not able to get it in bounds. That is a legal shot in pickleball. It does not have to go over the net, but it does have to land in bounds. And that effort by Jardim does not. – [Mark] Of course one of
the things that newer viewers will have to be aware of is it’s known as the non-volley zone. And that’s that seven foot space between the net and that first white line. The red space that you see in the court is the non-volley zone, also known as the kitchen. Players are not allowed to play volleys. You’re not allowed to hit
the ball out of the air if they’re standing in that zone. So you’ll see the players
do what they’re doing here. They come very close to it. They’re allowed to reach over it. They just can’t be volleying
if they’re in that space. So it’s a real advantage to
get up close to that ball, try to intercept it when it’s high, but be careful not to
volley in the kitchen or you’ll be awarded a fault. – [Melissa] Yeah, so Lucy
just went behind Kyle again catching him once again by surprise. She’s not gonna want to get
too predictable with that. – [Dave] Great backhand there by Kovalova. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Melissa] She just
set that up perfectly. – [Mark] Yeah, so those soft low shots that you hit back and forth are sometimes known as a dink. And the goal with those shots isn’t necessarily to win the point, but it’s to put the ball in a position where your opponents can’t do much damage. And so you’re gonna see the players, you’re seeing it right here now, play those dinks back
and forth to each other patiently waiting, hoping one of them hits a
ball that’s slightly elevated and then they can attack. – [Dave] Jardim hits it into the net, so that’ll make it 2-3-1. When we say the score, it is the serving team’s score first, followed by the receiving team’s, followed by which server it is. – [Mark] So there’s an example of a ball that’s slightly too high. Matt Wright is a very tall player, has a long reach forward
into that non-volley zone. He can get it when it’s above net level and hit down for a winner. – [Dave] Folks here at the US Open quizzed some of the more highly rated pros leading
into the tournament and Matt Wright was
nearly unanimously noted for his hand quickness at the net as one of the best in the entire sport. – [Melissa] Yeah, he may be considered, next to Ben Johns, the quickest hands for the men player. – [Mark] Well I remember
when I received that email from the people that were
putting that together. It’s so tough to decide because I mean, Kyle Yates on the
other side of the court, how do you say that
his hands aren’t quick, or that he’s not fast, or he doesn’t have great
patience or put-away skills. And so it really is an
embarrassment of riches out here tonight with the level of play, the quality of players. This is gonna be a treat. – [Dave] And the field has
just gotten deeper and better as this tournament has gone on. And Matt Wright able to put that one away. So it’ll move to 5-3-2 and
four unanswered points here for Kovalova and Wright. – [Melissa] And you talk about how deep the field has gotten. We saw that in Riley and
Lindsey Newman earlier today. They have really improved. – [Dave] Off the net cord
and Matt Wright says, thank you very much. He also is noted for having one of the best overheads
in the entire sport and he puts it on display there. – [Mark] Sometimes the ball
hitting the top of the net hurts you, setting it up for
your opponent as it did there. In the case of Kyle
Yates, got up too high, and Wright knows what to do with that. – [Dave] Wright showing
off that hand quickness in that exchange, and it’s quite a run that they’ve gone on, now a 7-3 lead. – [Melissa] With the
quickness, and accuracy, and speed, Dave. And he’s putting it all on display. – Fault.
– Fault! – [Dave] And that is long. And you know, you mentioned
it at the top, Melissa, that they did win this
matchup in Indian Wells. But you talk about the US Open, that’s a whole ‘nother category. They would love to get a gold. They’ve got a lead here. We’re taking a timeout. Back here in Naples,
Florida as we continue on this mixed pro doubles match. And guy’s, Simone Jardim, this is the 45th, now 46th career match that she has played at the US Open here in Naples. Her career record, 44-1. – [Melissa] It’s just incredible. I mean, there’s a lot of great players playing
pickleball at a high level. – [Dave] And she’s now trailing 9-3. The one match she did
lose came back in 2017 in a mixed doubles pairing
against this same matchup of Matt Wright and Lucy Kovalova. And on that date in 2017, she was playing in the mixed
doubles age 25 plus bracket and it was her teammate
Oliver Strecker at that point. – [Melissa] Oliver Strecker, yeah, I think they won
the mixed doubles Open that year as well. Oliver now back over in Germany, which is where he is from. – [Dave] They get a big break there, get the serve back as they had given up
nine unanswered points. Can they answer? – [Mark] I was talking with
Simone earlier this week about this exact situation actually, when another player goes on a run, right, another team goes on a run, and they rattle off a few points in a row, about what to do with it. And she said look, the thing that people don’t understand is that you don’t have to just keep doing more, and more, and more. That’s what the opponents are hoping for is that you take more
risk and make more errors. You really just need to weather the storm. You need to have some confidence that the opponents aren’t gonna be able to maintain this high level. Lucy was unlucky off
the top of the net there and so, that’s what you can be sure that Yates and Jardim were
talking about on the break. They can’t keep this up forever. Let’s just hang tough. Let’s make them play balls. We’re gonna see if they can do that here. – [Dave] So now 5-9-1 after that point and stopped there on the break by Wright. And that will change the service as Simone Jardim will take over, 5-9-2 now. – [Crew] Out, it’s out on this end. Line judge called it out. – [Mark] So the ball was called out. The line judge wasn’t as loud. It’s quite loud in here. There’s a lot of fans in here, people that are exited. – 6-9-2.
– 6-9-2. – [Dave] So three straight
points for Yates and Jardim. – [Melissa] We have Chad Edwards who’s doing the stats for us. What does he have so far
on drops versus drives? – [Dave] Wow, what a job by
Simone to track that down. She was hoping it was
gonna land out of bounds and then she recovers to get in position. – [Melissa] Now see both players would prefer to take
the ball out of the air giving the other player less time when they’re doing the dinking here. – [Dave] Both sides
showing great patience. – [Mark] Yates wants to get
involved in this point here. – [Dave] Ooh, great recovery by Simone and then hit long by Yates. – [Mark] Yeah, the only
time he did get involved was on a virtually
impossible shot to recover. So you could see the players backed up, Jardim and Yates back up, try to give themselves a little more time, just can’t handle it. 9-6-1, this is a game to 11, and Wright and Kovalova
are just two points away from taking this first game. – [Dave] Well make it 9-6-2. – [Melissa] And a great job by Kyle there getting the ball down. – [Mark] Yeah, it’s very
difficult to deal with balls that are down near your shoelaces, and so when players get those high balls, that’s where they’re looking to hit it down into the ground. – Out.
– Nice Shot. – [Mark] Oh, so that ball was called out by the lines-person. Jardim knows that it was in. She’s gonna overrule him and I’m sure that our referee
is gonna side with Yates. – Nice shot.
– Out. – No, no, no.
– No line. – [Dave] Well, they’re still discussing. So there you go, it is game point. – [Mark] She deferred to the players. The crowd likes that. Good sportsmanship. – [Dave] And in a lot of
pickleball tournaments, there are no line judges. Players do have to make their own calls. – [Mark] And this is game point here. (crowd cheering) – [Dave] Oh, down the line. And they’re able to break the serve and they will get a chance to try to climb out of this hole as it heads back to the
other side of the net. – [Melissa] That was just a
beautiful inside out forehand from Simone behind Matt. – [Dave] Line judge
calling that serve out. – [Melissa] Maybe a little bit of wind or a little bit of adrenaline, maybe both. – [Dave] 6-10-2. Nice defense by Kovalova,
better offense by Yates. – [Mark] So this is what
you’re gonna see from Yates and Jardim right now is when he can get his paddle on the ball he knows there’s not gonna
be a lot of opportunities. He’s really gonna do something offensive which could work for them, and it did in that point for sure. – [Dave] Oh, Simone the
unforced error into the net and that will give the serve back over to Kovalova and Wright, a chance again to close out this game. – [Announcer] 10-7-1. (ball knacking) – [Dave] Kovalova has
won two medals this week, a gold in the women’s
doubles, age 25 plus, a bronze in the women’s singles. – [Mark] Here it goes. – And that’s gonna be it.
– First game. – [Dave] And that’s
gonna wrap up game one. 11-7, so much like a year ago. Kovalova and Wright draw first blood. Another look at the game point. And we will have a brief timeout. We’ll go to the all important game two after this break here
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from the very beginning, but it continues to grow
and grow in popularity. And that first game, 11-7 in favor of Kovalova and Matt Wright. And they will control the serve here to start game number two, 0-0-2. Dave Benz, Melissa McCurley, and Mark Renneson along with
you from Naples, Florida. – [Melissa] Great to be
here with you gentlemen. – [Dave] Fantastic to be
back with you all as well. Great look at our kitchen cam there. – [Announcer] 0-0-1. – [Dave] And the serve changes
side off that unforced error. So 0-0-1 now. Yates exploiting an opportunity there. Kyle Yates who in his US Open career
has won 14 total medals. 10 of them have been gold, including another one
this year in the gold, 19 plus mixed doubles alongside youngster Anna Leigh Waters,
who’s just 12 years old. – Out.
– Out. – [Dave] And that is a little
bit long by Matt Wright. – [Melissa] How impressive
was she this week? She’s 12 years old, just phenomenal showing that she has the ability to compete
with the women’s pro level. – [Dave] She is going to be
a force to be reckoned with. As she told us earlier this week, pickleball is her passion. She wants to see how far it can take her and how far she can take it. 2-0-2 now as that shot is errant and Yates takes over. All four of these players have won at least one gold medal this week. Simone’s came in the women’s pro singles. In fact, she’s trying to repeat
as a triple crown winner. – [Melissa] She is. She is the only one left in the tournament that has the opportunity to do so. Cammy MacGregor got close
with two golds and one silver, silver coming in the
women’s senior singles. – [Mark] So 3-0-2. Yates and Jardim have gotta
be very happy with this start. A couple loose points
from Wright and Kovalova. – [Dave] Although, they
started game one 3-0 as well and then gave up a big
run to fall in a big hole. Kovalova and Wright both
play out of Wichita, Kansas. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Mark] You can see where
Jardim aimed that shot, low on the forehand side, right near Matt Wright’s right hip. And that’s a really difficult
spot to defend against. Smart place to go when you got a ball that you want to speed up. – [Melissa] And Dave, Matt is a corporate lawyer back in Kansas, and Lucy is a tennis and pickleball pro. She teaches at the Wichita Country Club. – [Dave] After attending
Wichita State, as we mentioned, moved from Slovenia to Wichita. – [Melissa] And it’s
actually great to see her in this final. Not five weeks ago, she had to have a surgical procedure. And we weren’t sure if
she was gonna be 100% for this tournament.
– 0-4-1. – [Melissa] And she’s
showing she’s 100% and more. – [Dave] Lucy said she
actually learned pickleball from YouTube and internet research. Thought it was boring at first but it has become one of the things she’s most passionate about now. – [Mark] I wonder how many of those videos were from Third Shot Sports. – [Dave] Third Shot Sports, Pickleball Channel I’m sure as well. We saw Rusty Howes at
the top of the broadcast. By the way, he was
earlier tonight awarded. (crowd oh-ing)
– Oh. – [Dave] Wow, how about that. Kyle Yates, man, he’d like
to have that one back. – [Melissa] Yeah but it was
the right decision here. I mean, look, Lucy is playing tremendous defense, getting the ball back. He’s looking to just drop it. And if she can do anything
with it when she gets there, he’s still in an offensive position. – [Dave] Started mentioning though, Rusty Howes recognized for his efforts with Pickleball Channel
and the impact he’s had on this tournament and this sport before we got started tonight. Well deserved. And we’ll hear from him on the sidelines a little bit later on in the broadcast. But congratulations to Rusty. I know he was visibly moved by the award. – [Melissa] Yeah, very well deserved. He and Pickleball
Channel have done so much in his team for pickleball. I was moved myself. – [Mark] There’s that
crosscourt dinking pattern we’ve seen between the women all night. – [Dave] And anybody
who’s played pickleball will have an appreciation
for how difficult this finesse part of the game is. It looks so easy. Off the net cord and out of bounds. – [Mark] Yeah, and one of the reasons, especially for some of our viewers at home who might be newer to
pickleball might be asking, why is it that they’re
hitting these balls so softly? Well, the court is only 44 feet long and if you receive a ball that’s down low and you’re up near the net, if you hit that ball fast, and you hit it up to get
it up and over the net, it’s likely to go out. And good players will
let those balls go out. So as long as you receive a ball that’s quite low below the net, like most of these are, you’re really limited
with what you can do, with how hard you can hit. And so what they’re
trying to do here is just give their opponent a taste
of their own medicine, just put that ball low where
they can’t do much damage until there is an opportunity. – [Melissa] Oh wow. And Simone’s defense was just incredible. Did you see how low she was and how low she kept that ball? – [Mark] Yeah, so it’s
much easier to handle balls when they’re close to you, right, when they’re close to your midsection. And if you’re standing up very tall and that ball’s down very low, it’s easy to make a mistake. So these players will get
down low to those balls so they have a little bit
more control over them. (player grunting) – [Dave] Wright continuing
to hit it back to Jardim. Seem to be targeting her more than Kyle and it pays off there. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Melissa] Yeah, and Lucy, both teams actually, Lucy does a really good job of getting as close to that
kitchen line as she can. She’s quite tall and she
has some great reach. And as soon as the ball
gets up just a little bit, she’s looking to put it away. – [Mark] So far, Wright
has been more aggressive. Kyle has been content
to let Simone deal with most of the balls that are coming his way, or her way. Whereas, Wright does take over more of that center part of the court, really just leaving Lucy’s forehand available to balls that
she tries to put away. – [Dave] Wright hits it into the net so, move it to 1-4-2 here in game two. Best of three to decide gold
here in the pro mixed doubles. Fourth year ever for this tournament. And Simone unable to
catch up with that one so it’ll close to 2-4. – [Mark] We might want
to remind our viewers that you can only actually score a point when your team is the serving team. So what you do is you try to get the ball back to be the servers. And that means you’ve gotta win points, one against each of
your opponents servers. – [Dave] And the serve
will be gotten back here by Jardim and Yates holding this 4-2 lead. – [Mark] So now is their
opportunity to score, try to build on what they’ve got so far. – [Dave] Sold out Zing
Zang Championship Court on this championship Saturday. And Yates into the net. This tournament drew over
2,100 participants this year, a new record for the US Open. A sold out registration in a
little more than three hours. – [Melissa] Yeah and you know, there were more people that
we had wanted to get in. But at 50 courts over seven days, running over 4,300 matches, setting records on Sunday.
– It’s put away there. – [Mark] You mean there’s a limit to what you can do Melissa? There’s a limit to what you can do? – [Melissa] No, there’s just a limit to the capacity of the venue. And this is the largest
venue in pickleball today. So it just shows the
popularity of the tournament and it’s pretty exciting. – There’s no question. And the best part about this tournament is not only the quality of the play, and the numbers, and the purse has gone up we talked about at the top of the broadcast, but the excitement, the electricity, the party atmosphere here in Naples. And that’s why the players
love coming here so much. – [Melissa] Yeah, it’s known as the biggest party in pickleball. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Dave] And Yates, you saw
him happy with the result there as it does just land in
bounds back on that baseline. – [Announcer] 2-4-2. – [Dave] So 2-4-2 now. – [Mark] So that point
sort of went downhill for Yates and Jardim early on. The return of serve from
Yates was a little bit short, a little bit high. That gave Wright an opportunity to use that strong forehand and really put Yates and Jardim on the defensive. Typically you want the return of serve to either be deep or to be low so that a drive is less effective. – [Dave] Kovalova misses
on the execution there. – [Announcer] 4-3-1. – [Dave] So back to Jardim
and Yates with the serve. – [Announcer] Second serve. – [Dave] 4-3-2 now. – [Mark] So you’ll see
right now that Kovalova and Wright are both standing
on the same side of the court. It’s Kovalova’s responsibility right now to return serve from the left side. But she doesn’t have to stay there and she prefers playing on the right side and now Wright on the left. And so, it’s called stacking, when you stack both your players on the same side of the court. ‘Cause you have responsibilities
for who the server is or the responsibility
for who the returner is. But then you can adjust. – [Dave] And so many players at the highest levels especially, they will stack to try and put themselves in a beneficial situation. – [Mark] Yeah, you can Yates
and Jardim do it as well. Both of these teams typically will stack whenever their score is an even number. Although, we’re seeing a
little bit of a switch here with Jardim and Yates. See, she’s gonna start
on the left-hand side. But I suspect this is just a bluff. And after Yates returns the serve, I suspect they’re gonna switch
and Jardim is gonna play. – [Melissa] Yeah, based
on that signal she gave, you are absolutely right, Mark. – [Dave] Kovalova off the net. – [Mark] I’d love to see, by the way, I’d love to see these two women who are obviously targeting each other line up straight ahead from each other instead of on the diagonal. One of the interesting
things about pickleball, we talked about the non-volley zone. You can’t volley if you’re in it. But you’re allowed to move
right up close to the net just outside of the sideline. And if the two women were lined
up head to head like that, that might create an
opportunity for one of them to come up right near
that net and intercept it. That’s called an Erne. – [Announcer] 5-3-1. – [Dave] Earlier this
week we saw Tyler Loong really showing the potential of the Erne if you can exploit that. His athleticism was impressive
getting over that corner and able to exploit it. – [Melissa] The Erne
also known as the ATP, Around The Post. – [Mark] It’s slightly different, right, because Around The Post, they’re similar. You’re often pulled out wide and you want to hit that
ball around the post. You’re not necessarily
standing right up near the net when that happens. But both of these are
sort of not trick shots, but really valuable specialty shots I think you could say. – [Dave] Great decision there by Kovalova as she changed the script and Kyle Yates a little bit off guard. – [Announcer] 5-3-2. – [Melissa] She’s done
a good job of doing that throughout this match so far. – [Dave] Great touch by both sides and then Wright thought he could exploit an opening, hits it long. – [Melissa] Yeah, they were
showing a lot of patience there, the two ladies. And Matt thought he might
be able to get in there and change the pattern. – [Mark] So some viewers
might be wondering, well why don’t you just hit it over them? Why not just lob it over their head? The court, from that other kitchen line, from the non-volley zone, is only 29 feet. And these players are so
athletic and quite tall that if you do give them
that lob, that high ball, more often than not, it’s either gonna go
out, it’s gonna go long, or they’re gonna be able to get to it and hit an offensive shot. – [Dave] Yates and Jardim have opened up a four point lead here as Wright was just wide. – [Melissa] They started
off with a four point lead. – [Dave] We have seen this
week a lot of players, Stephanie Lane comes to mind, really employing that lob shot. But more so in the senior pro division than the regular pro division. – [Melissa] I think Mark
was gonna tell us about. – [Mark] Well we’ve seen
just one lob so far today. It was well hit. It was sort of at the appropriate time where the opponent was leaning forward, and did catch them off guard. And so, you know, how effective your lob can be is largely a function of
how fast your opponents are. If you’re playing quick players then a lob can be risky. And you know, we just saw someone get hit by the ball. That’s a regular part of pickleball to hit hard at your
opponents to handcuff them, and no one takes it personally, but it’s part of pickleball. – [Dave] 3-7-2. Wright and Kovalova trying to see if they can get back into this game after taking game one. – [Melissa] And it is a hard plastic ball. – [Dave] The lob paid off there for Yates. It was a little bit too
high for Kovalova to get. – [Mark] Yeah, looks like she mistimed that jump a little bit, went up a bit too early for it, went off the tip of her paddle and out. – [Dave] So 7-3-1. (crowd oh-ing) Make it 7-3-2. – [Announcer] 7-3-2. – [Dave] Nice shot there by Wright. – [Melissa] Very nice. – [Dave] Took advantage of Yates’ momentum taking him away from the sideline. – [Mark] So there’s that poach from Yates, trying to be aggressive, get those balls over
the middle of the court. Of course that leaves his side open and if he doesn’t finish the point, which is very hard to do against
a player like Matt Wright, then it could be risky. – [Dave] 3-7-1. (crowd cheering and clapping) And make it 3-7-2. – [Melissa] Kyle and
Simone doing a good job of keeping both Matt and
Lucy off that kitchen line, keeping them back, which is what you want to
try to do in pickleball. – [Dave] Kovalova hits it long. Kovalova and Wright combined amongst them, they’ve accounted for 27 total
medals in US Open history. 15 of them have been golds. In fact, Lucy’s the second
most decorated medalist in the history of this tournament with 16 total coming
into this match tonight. Only Dave Weinbach, with 17, has won more. But this is the one that has eluded her, this mixed doubles gold. – [Mark] So a little bit of defense in the zone from Yates. Kovalova looked like she thought that ball might be going out. It doesn’t. Lucy could have hit that one, let it go. Seems like she lost a
little bit of a sense of where exactly she was on the court relative to that sideline. 8-3.
– 8-3-1. – [Announcer] Point. – [Dave] Make it 9-3-1, two points away. – [Mark] Expect that
here comes the timeout. – [Announcer] 9-3-1, it’s
a one minute timeout. – [Dave] And indeed
they will use a timeout. Well we’ll take a quick break as well. Yates and Jardim trying
to draw even in the match. (upbeat music) Back here in beautiful Naples, Florida. Game two in this best of three and Rusty Howes has been
with us all week long. He’s working the sidelines today. He’s out there in the stands. Let’s throw it over to Rusty. – Hey thanks Dave. We’re here with Claire and a whole bunch of folks from Michigan. (group cheering) We’re in one of these
amazing sideline goal boxes. Game number one, everything’s pretty incredible. It’s really tight here. Let’s get back to the action. – [Dave] Pretty good seat
for you right there Rusty. Fantastic match going on right now as Yates and Jardim are two points away from tying this thing up and getting it to a
third and decisive game. And I don’t think anybody
would be surprised to think that this
would go to three games. – [Melissa] No, these are the
best players in the world. – [Dave] These were the
number one and two seeds coming into the tournament
in this bracket. (players grunting) Wow, nice defense there
by Yates and Jardim. – [Melissa] Oh wow,
and they’re showing it, just why they’re here. – [Mark] Oh, that’s a make-able ball. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Melissa] Well nice use of a timeout. – [Dave] Yep, and they break Yates’ serve. So now Jardim will take over, 9-3-2 now. – [Mark] Yates has a good backhand. But of the two, between
his forehand and backhand, that is the one where he’s
prone to a few more mistakes, a few more errors. You can see that’s two
in a row right there and he’s a little disappointed in himself that he didn’t do more
with those opportunities. – [Melissa] And there is a
little bit of wind in here. And it looks like the
way the flags are going, it could be a little wind in his face. (crowd oh-ing) – [Dave] So make it 4-9-1. – [Melissa] And he’s making
some gesture into the crowd as if somebody’s distracting him. – [Dave] Yeah, he’s givin’ ’em a shush. – [Mark] You know what, it is really a party atmosphere here and this is one of the things that as pickleball evolves as a sport, at the professional level, the players need to be able to. (crowd cheering and clapping) (commentators laughing) He said, now you can, right. You need to be able to
compete at that level with those kinds of distractions and it’s not an easy task at all. – [Dave] We mentioned Yates is a local kid, went to high school in Fort Myers. Briefly attended college at
the University of Florida before deciding he would pursue pickleball more seriously. Also is a great rep for Paddletek. – [Melissa] He spends some time up in the Pacific
Northwest during the summer working and helping out with pickleball, at Pickleball Central. – [Mark] Hmm, ball would have gone out. – [Dave] Great exchange going right now between these four. – [Mark] There’s the Around The Post, but it goes off the edge of the post. Jardim had it lined up she thought. Just, the angle was a little too tight. – [Dave] It’s the second ATP
that she’s tried in this match and neither has been fruitful. – [Announcer] 5-9-2. – [Dave] So 5-9-2. And 6-9-2.
– Point. – [Dave] As it tightens up. – [Mark] Love to see Yates and Jardim try something new here. Give ’em a different look.
– Timeout here. The score is 6-9-2,
– Maybe they can talk about that over this timeout.
– One minute timeout. – [Dave] They’ll use their
first of their two timeouts allotted for this game. We’ll take a break as
well from Naples, Florida. – [Narrator] US Open
Pickleball Championships on CBS Sports Network is
sponsored by Franklin, the official bag, glove, and starter set of the US
Open Pickleball Championships. By Abeo footwear. Walk more, live more. By Mueller Sports Medicine and by Baseline Racket Sports. – [Dave] Back here in Naples, Florida, East Naples Community Park, the home of the US Open Championships since its inaugural tournament in 2016. They did not have this
shade structure in 2016. Brought that on in 2017. Some of the numbers from game one for you which went in favor of
Kovalova and Wright, 11-7. And you see that Jardim and Yates, they were better on defense and they had less unforced errors. But in the end they end up
falling in that first game. They have the lead here however, 6-9-2. – [Melissa] And what do you think they were talking about here, Mark? They did take a timeout right on cue from what you were suggesting. – [Mark] I don’t know what
they’re talking about. Who knows? I’d love to see if Simone
stays on this side, on the left side. Give Wright, oh there you go. To give Wright and Kovalova
a bit of a different look. I mean, you don’t
normally switch things up when you’re in the lead. But with Lucy and Matt going
on a bit of a run here, I’d be interested to see
what happens if they did put Jardim on the left side. – [Dave] And Lucy putting it into the net. So the serve will change sides and now Yates and Jardim, two points away from closing
out this second game. Make it one point away. – [Mark] I’ve gotta say, I don’t know if our chatter stat tracker, but that’s the first come
on I’ve seen from Simone and that sets up a game point. This is gonna be big. – [Dave] Simone always says she tends to perform better
when the pressure is on and losing game one will
put some pressure on. – [Melissa] She stayed in
a pretty typical pattern, so that was her getting a winner off of a pattern change-up
that she did there. And that’ll fire her up for sure. – [Mark] Look for Yates to jump in here. – [Dave] Nice shot there by Wright, put it right at Simone’s feet where it was gonna be
nearly impossible to return. – [Mark] Matt Wright is so tough. You think you’ve hit a
good drive against him, you think that you’ve handcuffed him, he’s gonna have trouble with the ball. Instead, not only does he get it back, he does something offensive like that. So difficult to play against. – [Dave] So 6-10-1. Kovalova and Wright, you know, they can’t allow the serve to
get back to Yates and Jardim without closing this gap. Could hear a pin drop right now – [Melissa] You can. – [Dave] here at Zing
Zang Championship Court. – [Melissa] Both ladies
are doing a fantastic job keeping the ball down and
low and keeping it away from. – [Mark] Hm, watch out. – [Linesman] Out. – Oh it just went wide.
– It did. – [Melissa] Yeah, so what they were doing, they were doing a good
job keeping it down low, dinking to each other, keeping it from getting up high, keeping it not being a poachable ball by the men player on both sides. – [Mark] And you see
that one ball does get up a little bit too high and
then that turns the tides in favor of Kovalova and Wright. – [Melissa] Simone
weathered the storm there. – Oh.
– Oh. – [Mark] Couldn’t quite get it. You sort of get the feeling here that at this point, Simone and Kyle are sort of playing not to lose this game, right, rather than playing to win it. And I know that’s something that Simone’s been working
on and has talked about is when you go out there, don’t worry about losing, but go out and go for it. And so tough to do against
players like Kovalova and Wright. But they seem a little bit
tentative here and reactive. – [Dave] Wright hit the overhead, returned by Jardim. Oh what a great dig there by Simone. – [Melissa] And we’re
seeing a battle here. – [Dave] Matt Wright off the net cord. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Dave] Oh wow. How ’bout that reaction? – [Melissa] And wow is this crowd excited. I see Simone signs over in the VIP area. That was just fantastic. – [Dave] That was a terrific exchange. – [Mark] That’s as good as
pickleball gets right there and what a treat to be able to do this here in this venue on this night. But Wright is now the second
server for their partnership and they’re gonna try to put another point on the board here. – [Melissa] And her
reaction from the crowd gave me goosebumps. – [Dave] Well she’s got
the local crowd behind her. She’s got pickleball fans everywhere for that matter behind her. She’s been such a great
champion for this sport. – [Mark] Good eye there. So you see that. So all of a sudden you can
feel the home court advantage We got another come on from Simone. That’s two so far and
they are serving to win this second game. – [Announcer] 10-8-1. – [Dave] So 10-8-1. And they’re able to break
– That’s so tough. – [Dave] the first server. Can they break Kyle Yates and get it back? – [Melissa] And I think
you’ll continue to see Matt inserting himself here, Mark. – [Mark] Another game point. (ball dinking) There it is wow. – [Dave] There it is, game
one off the unforced error and Kyle Yates is now
signaling to the crowd to make some noise as he’s loving it. They’ve drawn even in this mixed doubles gold medal match. Game two, 11-8 in favor
of the defending champs, Yates and Jardim. – [Narrator] US Open
Pickleball Championships on CBS Sports Network is
sponsored by Zing Zang, America’s favorite Bloody Mary mix. By Durafast 40, the official pickleball of the US Open Pickleball Championships. By Selkirk. We are pickleball. And by ilovepickles.org, a place to celebrate all things pickled. – [Dave] A beautiful Saturday evening here in Naples, Florida, the sun getting low in the sky. The pickleball enthusiasm
is just starting to heat up. Some numbers there from game two. Kovalova and Wright, 17 unforced errors including the unforced error
that wrapped up the game. And much like a year ago guys, we’re gonna go to a
third and decisive game between this quartet to
decide the gold medal. I eluded to what Simone had
said about the pressure. The full quote from her, I tend to perform better
when the pressure is on. I go crazy out there
and people who watch me, they probably think, what’s wrong with her, she’s possessed. It’s just the way I am. I play better when I’m that way. (Melissa laughing) – [Melissa] I think we saw
some of that possession in that last game. She was certainly fired up. As we got an opportunity here, we have referee Gail Scavongelli here. She’s one of the referees that
coordinates the refereeing of all the pro and medal
matches here at the US Open. She and all the referees
and the volunteers just did a fantastic job here this week. – [Dave] Matt Wright going
into the bucket of balls to pick out a new Durafast 40, which is the official ball of the US Open Pickleball Championships. – [Melissa] If folks are wondering what a Durafast 40 ball is, what we’re playing here at the US Open, you can certainly Google
it, check it out online. – [Mark] Pretty sure that
other ball was just fine and Wright and Kovalova just
wanted something different. – [Melissa] Is that a
strategic, mental tactic? – [Mark] I don’t think it actually makes more difference, more
than a psychological one. Right, you want to change something up when it’s not working. Might as well get a new ball. – [Dave] A little
earlier in this exchange, Wright tried to look to go outside like he was goin’ for an earning, and how ’bout that lob shot. We talked about it earlier. We haven’t seen a lot of ’em. That one is effective. – Oh wait.
– Uh oh. – [Mark] Wait, looks
like it was called out. Boy I’d like to see that. – [Melissa] I think yeah,
they’re gonna call it. Lucy and Matt know,
they’re gonna call it in. – [Mark] Kovalova calls that ball in. Referee’s gonna side with her I think. – [Melissa] Yeah, I don’t
see how she doesn’t. This is just another great
show of sportsmanship and we’re gonna get back underway. – [Dave] It’s the second
time we’ve seen a player overturn a call by an official. And it really just exhibits the level of sportsmanship that
is played in this tournament amongst these pros. – [Dave] And they know that if the call was going the other way, they’d want to receive the same benefit. – [Melissa] Absolutely. Wow nice pickup by Kyle and Simone there. – [Dave] Wright and Kyle
going at each other. – [Melissa] Those are
some impressive digs. Not easy to do. – [Mark] That’s an understatement. – [Dave] Great defensive
shot there by Kovalova. – [Melissa] And they’re doing a good job moving the ball around. These players are just
playing just outstanding. – [Dave] Kovalova flinches first. So it’ll go to 0-0-1 as they change service sides. – [Announcer] 0-0-1. – [Melissa] Very pleasant
evening here tonight too, Dave and Mark. It’s been really hot all week. Pretty pleasant tonight. – [Mark] Told you we
gotta start making this a nighttime only tournament. Nocturnal tournament. The temperatures would be great. – [Dave] You know, I
don’t know if the US Open is gonna go for that. But I’d be willing to bet that
there will be a tournament that will take on that challenge – [Melissa] That’d be fun. – [Dave] the way this sport is growing. – [Mark] The Mark Renneson
Pickleball Open was born. (group laughing) – [Dave] Matt Wright, we
talked about his quick hands. Certainly showing ’em off there. – [Melissa] Yeah, quick and powerful. – [Mark] Yeah, so Jardim
thought that she saw a seam there between Wright and Kovalova. Matt Wright was ready for it and put away that forehand volley. Here’s an Around The Post. A called out by the
umpire, or the lines judge. – [Melissa] Now he’s gonna say, you know, Matt’s gonna have to
override this line judge. – [Announcer] 0-0-2. – [Dave] Matt shaking his head ’cause that’s the third
time in this match that players have said no, it’s not the
way it’s been called. Again, we mentioned the
players are not necessarily used to always having lines people. – [Melissa] No, in fact they
only have the lines people in this match here. They do have referees for every match. – [Dave] Jardim finally into the net. So Wright and Kovalova
will draw first blood here in this third and final game. – [Melissa] Finally a point. That took some time. – [Announcer] 1-0-2. – [Mark] I don’t think
anybody’s in a hurry. We’ll take this as long
as they want to go. – [Melissa] You got it. I’ll pull out my popcorn right now. – [Mark] Yates is ready for that one. So Kovalova, you know, we’ve seen that when she’s gone at these long dinking rally’s with Simone, at least later in this match, that she tends to be on the
short end of that stick. And so what she’s trying to do is she’s trying to look
for that opportunity to change things up and to go on offense. But if she does a bit too soon, Yates is gonna be there waiting for it. – [Dave] Yates’ sister Sarah a pretty accomplished
pickleball player as well. They’ve played in mixed
doubles competition in this tournament. – [Melissa] They have,
winning gold in 19 plus. (crowd cheering and clapping) A couple of US Opens ago, it was a very exciting moment here on Championship Court, and one of their most favorite
brother and sister moments. – [Dave] And one of the 10 golds that Kyle Yates has won here
in Naples at this tournament out of his 14 total medals. Oh, Wright puts it down low and Yates unable to come up with it. – [Announcer] 1-1-2. – [Dave] So 1-1-2. And that one out of bounds. – [Mark] Says something
about the confidence Kyle’s playing with right now. I mean, that’s not typically
a shot he would go for that amount of side-spin on that ball. It does lead to an unforced error, but I think it says something
about how he’s feeling. – [Melissa] Yeah and you can
see the pattern, right Dave? You can see the pattern
what Lucy’s waiting for. She’s waiting for it to
get up just a little high. That ball not quite high
enough, clipped the net, and put her in a defensive position. – [Dave] Man, Yates
hitting it right into her which is a smart, strategic play. And Mark, we talked earlier
this week about, you know, players understand that
you can’t take it personal when somebody hits it into you. It’s part of the game.
– Out! – [Mark] Yeah, that’s right. And this is something that
sometimes recreational players don’t always understand, right. When I’m traveling around
with Third Shot Sports coaching all over North America, we often encounter
situations where one person gets hit by the ball from someone else. And I can sort of see on their face that they feel like that
was a personal affront. And I explain to them, I say look, four people on one small court doesn’t give you a lot of room. You are gonna get hit. And just like you saw here, after Yates hit that ball that
did hit Lucy in the chest, she just turned around, walked back. She knows it wasn’t intentional and I think all players can take a page from that
book and realize that getting hit by the ball
is part of the game. And if you do hit someone, it’s reasonable to put
up your hand and say hey. You okay? Didn’t mean to get ya. – [Dave] So Kovalova and Wright able to get the serve back now. 1-2-1. First team to 11 wins as long as they win by more than two. – [Melissa] So right
there, Matt just got called on a foot fault, meaning he had his foot on and over that non-volley zone line when he struck the ball out of the air. – [Mark] So you can there, the right foot just
barely touched the line. If you’re touching the line, you’re in the non-volley zone. That’s not allowed if
you’re playing a volley, so the correct call
was footfall violation. – [Dave] If any part
of the foot touches it, you are in violation. Wright able to put that
away with the overhead. – [Mark] Lucy ducks, knowing. I mean this is what’s gonna
happen when the ball goes high. She’s gonna let Matt take that ball high on his forehand. She ducks to stay out of the way. – [Melissa] Yeah, she’s
got a pretty powerful two-hand backhand she was setting up for. But she wisely got out of the way. – [Dave] Well and that’s
one of those things that it’s the sixth sense you have when you are able to play with a partner over a period of time as
Kovalova and Wright have. – [Mark] It’s a good idea, you know, teams make plans for how
they’re gonna handle balls in the middle of the court. And it’s a good idea not
just to stick to that plan, but if you’re the one
who’s not hitting it, that’s a ball that your
partner’s supposed to get, to not just sort of
complacently stand there and let them hit it. Actually actively move out of the way. Move away from the ball. And that gives the nonverbal cue that you know that
they’re taking that ball. And so by Lucy ducking there, she was giving that nonverbal cue and protecting her teeth. – [Dave] Kovalova and Jardim
now going back and forth. Such quick hands by Matt Wright. – [Melissa] Yeah, and he
has been able to get himself involved into the game quite
a bit in this third game. – [Mark] That’s the second time. So again, a little bit of missed timing on that jump from Kovalova. (crowd cheering and clapping) Gotta wonder, she has recently switched paddles. You gotta wonder whether the lengths on these two paddles, the current one and the previous one, are exactly the same because it’s uncharacteristic that she
would mishit those overheads. – [Dave] Yeah, the overall
surface area of the paddle has to be consistent. But the length and the width can vary from paddle to paddle. – Come on!
– Nice shot. – [Dave] Yeah, really nice
touch there by Matt Wright on that backhand. – [Mark] Yep, so Jardim
thought that the ball was gonna go out.
– 2-3-2. – [Mark] It didn’t. Might have earlier in the match when she had the wind going into her face. But in that case with
the wind at her back, the ball stays in play. – [Dave] 2-3-2 now and a match that is closing in on one hour in time right now. – [Melissa] We’ve seen some
extremely high level play of pickleball tonight. – [Dave] Couple of times,
Kovalova has caught the net. – [Melissa] She’s showing
a lot of patience here. There’s been a couple of
balls that she’s thought, this is mine, this is mine, and she’s pulled off. – [Dave] Making Simone and
Yates work, mostly Simone. – [Mark] That’s what I mean. Simone does all the hard work there and then Kyle gets the reward. He gets all the glory. No, he knows that Simone’s the one who really won that point for them. He just sort of was there
to collect the garbage. Not that that ball was going high. I mean, this is what makes pickleball, when it’s played at this level, so physically demanding. You can go back, look
at the number of shots that they hit there, that side step each time is really tiring. – [Dave] And Simone finally
hits it into the net. So, this thing is, wow. (Mark and Melissa laughing) – [Melissa] Yeah, that’s the perfect word for what we’re seeing here tonight. – [Dave] Wright and
Kovalova get back the serve. – [Melissa] Yeah, and Simone
knows definitely that was in. – [Mark] Yeah that one was
wide and she got away with. – [Melissa] Oh so it was wide? – [Mark] Yeah it was
called wide and was wide. – Okay.
– 3-3-2. – [Dave] 3-3-2 now. Oh, unforced error. – [Mark] We talked at the start about some of the trick shots
you’re gonna see from Yates. I mean, that one, that’s a don’t try that at home, folks. That amount of spin, that side-spin on that
backhand dink while on the run, not easy to do. – [Dave] Yates and his
partner that we’ll see along with him in the men’s pro doubles gold medal match, Ben Johns, they’re known as two of the
most creative shot makers in the entire sport. (ball knacking) (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Dave] Kyle changes direction and got Matt Wright guessing wrong, as that side of the court was open. – [Mark] Yeah, you can see here, he lays back his wrist just enough to hit that
ball to the open court. Difficult to read for Wright. Of course, he’s gotta cover the middle which is the most obvious target. But Yates makes no mistake. – [Dave] 4-3-2. (crowd cheering and clapping) There it is again. And Yates is fired up as he and Jardim have opened up a two point advantage. – [Mark] There’s that same spot here. Solid backhand. We talked earlier about how his forehand is the stronger of the two. But that backhand’s not too shabby either. – [Dave] So much of this
sport is about power, and also finesse, but decision making, so important. – [Melissa] And Lucy says, hey, I’ve got one of those forehands that can go behind you. – [Dave] Right back at you. – [Mark] Yeah that’s right. So players at home who might be watching today will wonder, well what do I have to do
to play at a higher level? And you’re right, Dave. That decision making is so critical here. And you’ll see these
players use these patterns again and again. Right, here comes the
crosscourt dinking pattern until that ball’s high enough. – [Dave] They said, no, we’re not gonna dink on this exchange. – [Melissa] And Lucy was excited there. She had missed a couple of overheads, but she hit that one solid. – [Mark] Yeah, and these
players are so experienced with these patterns. They know that if A happens, then the response is B. And if C happens, the response is D. And when you have those patterns
really well established, decision making gets a little bit easier and you can focus just on
hitting that high quality shot, rather than having to figure out what you’re gonna do every time. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Dave] And we’ve drawn even
now at five apiece, 5-5-1. Next point will bring about
a change in sides of the net. – [Announcer] 5-5-1. – [Dave] Not sure if it’s
played into it or not guys, but game one was one
by Kovalova and Wright. They were on the side of
the net they’re on now. Game two was won by Yates and Jardim when they were on the near court. So, not sure if that’ll
be favorable or not for Yates and Jardim. – [Melissa] The first team to six, we will change sides. That’s done in game three
of a two out of three, best to 11, win by two match. It’s not gonna happen there. – [Dave] Yep, so it’ll move the serve over to Yates and Jardim with the score remaining 5-5. – [Announcer] 5-5-1. – [Dave] And there’s the sixth point. – [Melissa] And we’ll switch sides. The net helping out, got hung up, just enough that Kyle
needed to put it away. – [Mark] So the players aren’t gonna take a long break here. They’re gonna switch sides, grab a quick drink, but they’re gonna get ready
to play right after this. – [Dave] Well this one
certainly more competitive than last year. Last year’s did go to a
third game between these four before Yates and Jardim won. But Yates and Jardim took game three 11-2. And this thing looks like
it could go quite a while. – [Melissa] Yeah, I
think we’ll see this one go the distance. I think it is to be real tight. Want to make any predictions? – [Dave] I’m gonna say it’s
gonna go into extra time. I don’t know what the
official term for it is. You gotta win by two, so, if you get to 11-10, you’ve gotta get to 12-10. You’ve gotta get to 13-11. (“Ba-Ba-Baran” by The Beach Boys) Is there an official
term for the extra time, extra pickleball? EP, let’s call it EP. – [Melissa] There isn’t. It’s just extend to win by two. Did we just coin something? – [Dave] Yeah EP, Extra Pickleball. – [Melissa] Extra Pickleball, I like it. (commentators laughing) We termed something else earlier this week called a helo by Randal Zbinden. I’ve seen a couple of helos from Matt Wright tonight too. We’re going to EB.
– EP. – [Melissa] EP. (players grunting) (ball knacking) – [Dave] Such great control. – [Melissa] It really is. Both ladies do a great job taking the ball out of the air, which is what they prefer to do, but also do a great job when the ball is on the bounce. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Dave] Ooh you hear that. – [Mark] You can see Jardim saved Yates. Good try, that was the right play. One of the things that’s so important if you’re playing doubles pickleball is to be a good supportive partner. You can see Kovalova wants a
little bit of a breather there. Should be a good supportive
partner that, you know, if your partner does the
right thing but just misses, to let them know you’re on their side. – [Dave] Both teams do have each of their two timeouts remaining. And that one fails to get over the net. So move to 7-5-2. – [Mark] This is a dangerous moment here for Wright and Kovalova. It’s pretty important
that they get a stop here. Psychologically it’s tough to feel like you’re 8-5 down in the third game. So, it’s gonna be important
that Lucy can hold up here. – Out.
– And that’s out. – [Mark] What a great
job by Kovalova there hangin’ tough against Jardim. You know, Wright comes
over for the fist bump. That was a critical point
right there for them to win and now they’ve got a chance to score some points on their serve. – [Dave] 5-7-2 as they get the ball back. – [Mark] Here we go again. (Melissa laughing) – [Melissa] Both teams have
stuck with their strategy, Mark. Oh, and another clip off
the net, tough break. – [Dave] And as you said earlier, Mark, sometimes the net’s your friend. Sometimes it is not. – [Mark] Sometimes it’s
your foe, that’s right. In that case it was Kovalova’s foe. – [Announcer] 5-7-2. – [Dave] So 5-7-2. You feel like they’ve gotta
score at least one or two before they give the ball back. And instead, they’re
gonna give the serve back. Jardim is startin’ to feel it. – [Mark] She knows this
is her chance right here to go on a little run. First server, 7-5. – [Announcer] 7-5-1. – [Mark] That was a marginal ball. – [Melissa] Yeah it was. They’ve done a great job keeping Matt out of this
one for quite some time now. Simone tried to go behind him. Nice pick up. – [Dave] Kovalova remaining patient despite having her back against the wall. – [Melissa] She is, and this
might be the longest rally of the match so far. – [Dave] Oh, not anymore. (crowd cheering and clapping) Gonna be another point on the
board for Yates and Jardim, now just three away from the title. – [Mark] Yeah, I expect you
might see a timeout here. Kovalova definitely
wants to take a breather, maybe talk over some strategy. Yeah, here it comes. – [Dave] And they will
use one of their two remaining timeouts. We will break as well. 8-5 here in game three. Great look inside the vendor’s area here at East Naples Community Park. And a new addition to the
vendor’s tent area this year, air conditioning, and we enjoyed it. Guys, coming into play here tonight, a look at the most decorated people in US Open history. Dave Weinbach, 17 total medals, 12 gold. But how ’bout the consistency
out of Simone Jardim. Out of her 11 total medals, 10 of them have been gold. – [Melissa] It just shows
she’s just been dominant in the women’s game of this sport for quite some time now. And that’s just impressive record. – [Mark] Kovalova in second place with total medals there. That’s impressive too. – [Dave] She’ll be
assured of another medal regardless of what happens here tonight, but she would so much prefer
for it to be gold over silver. Both of these sides just
continuing to be patient. – [Melissa] You just talked
about the medal count. It’s like when you’re
playing this high level and playing this good, there’s really no losers out here. – [Mark] Ooh, trouble. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Dave] The crowd is
starting to feel it now. Simone Jardim. – [Mark] Simone is
starting to feel it now. – [Melissa] Yes she is. Wow, that was a show of
that fire and emotion. – [Dave] There’s a reason
why she’s 44-1 all-time here at this complex. – [Mark] Wow. – [Melissa] Wow, what a pickup by Kyle. – [Dave] Simone hits it wide. – [Announcer] 9-5-2. – [Mark] 9-5-2. – [Dave] An important exchange here because one more point and
we’re on championship point. Kovalova and Wright desperately
need this serve back. They don’t get this serve back, Melissa, I’m not gonna like my EP prediction. – Ooh.
– Yes! – [Mark] Catches the line. Kovalova happy to get that break off the top of the net
after working so hard point, after point, after point on those crosscourt dinking exchanges. She raises her paddle
apologizing for the luck. But she’ll definitely take it. – [Dave] So 5-9-1. – [Mark] Uh oh. Uh oh. – [Dave] We’re not sure what
the call here was, Mark? – [Mark] No, that’s gonna
be Kyle and Simone’s point. – [Melissa] It’s at second serve. – [Dave] It was 5-9-1. – [Announcer] 5-9-1. – [Mark] Okay, they’re
gonna replay that point. That was nice of… – [Melissa] Another show of sportsmanship. – [Mark] The score was
called and Wright served not realizing that Lucy was getting rid of some debris on the court. (crowd cheering and clapping) Yates and Jardim could have made the case that hey, it’s not our fault that you weren’t paying
attention to your own partner. But instead they let them replay the point and that was good sportsmanship, 5-9-2. – [Dave] Wright puttin’
himself into the mix and it pays dividends. They get it to a three point margin. – [Melissa] They needed that point. – [Mark] He’s got such
a good backend volley. Watch it here. A lot of players at
home will have backhands that they just feel like
they’re just trying to survive. Here is Matt Wright
hitting winners off of it. – Oh.
– Oh. – [Dave] Matt trying to be aggressive takes it away from Kovalova
and the unforced error. And now, two points away from a title as the serve will change sides. Like to track how many
times Simone and Kovalova have hit it back and forth
to each other in this match. – [Melissa] That has been a bunch. Now this here may be the longest. (crowd cheering and clapping) – [Dave] And that sets
up championship point. – [Mark] Kovalova tries a little too early to do something offensive
to go down the line. Match point, championship point here. And they’re on their first server. They got a couple cracks at it. – [Melissa] They chose
not to call a timeout. – [Dave] Yates trying to close it out along with Simone Jardim. Yates and Jardim each
with 10 total gold medals in their US Open careers, looking for number 11. – [Melissa] And there it is. – [Dave] And these two go to 11. (crowd cheering and clapping) Simone Jardim and Kyle Yates. It was a little tougher this
year than it was a year ago. – [Mark] Wow, what a match. What a finish. I mean this is why these people are here to see this kind of pickleball out here. This is as good as it gets. – They’re back-to-back
mixed doubles pro champs here at the US Open. We’ll take a timeout. We’ll award the medals
and hear from the winners. Stay with us here on CBS Sports Network. (upbeat music) One final look back at championship point here in the pro mixed doubles, and what a championship match it was as you’re champions again
for the second straight year. So Simone, I’m gonna
begin with you because with this win, I don’t know if you’re
even aware of this number, but your all-time record
here at the US Open is 45-1. (crowd cheering and clapping) What does it mean to you to
have this community behind you and there’s just something
special about this place for you isn’t there? – Oh, I’m not crying, okay. So you know, our family, we decided to move
here three, four years ago, and I love this place. This is my home. We’re never leaving. And we’re so happy here. We’re really, really lucky because we have genuinely
so many people who love us, not because of my 45 wins, but because who we are, and with the kind of people that we are. And we love our friends
and our family here because we don’t really have family. Like, our families are in another country. So, we are really grateful for everybody. And no matter what happens, they’ll have us back, our back, sorry. (crowd cheering and clapping) – How ’bout that. I know that you are clearly loved much the way you love this community and Kyle, I don’t know
how you follow that up. But yeah, you were fortunate enough to be from here originally. So you know what a special place this is and I know that you’ve
had the fans behind you from the very beginning of
this tournament as well. – Yeah, my speech can’t follow Simone’s. Just like on the court, I’m second fiddle. But yeah, speaking of family, I have my dad, my mom, my stepsister, stepbrother, sister, brother-in-law, stepmom, other stepmom, stepsister, all here cheering for me, and this whole crowd, obviously. (crowd cheering and clapping) I feel like I always play my best here and it’s 100% because
everybody here cheering me on. There’s nothing like it. So I’m just blessed to be
able to play pickleball here in front of all you guys and I can’t thank you all enough. – We appreciate it. One more time, let’s hear
it for your champions. They are tremendous champions and tremendous
representatives of this sport. Thanks so much guys
and thanks to everybody who’s been a part of this telecast here at CBS Sports Network. And you have one more
thing you want to say. – [Simone] I want to
congratulate everybody. The new ones here, huge like incomers for the last year. We played against them at nationals and Matt and Lucy are amazing. They brought up our
score to another level. So it’s only gonna continue
to grow and get better. – [Dave] There’s no question. Everybody here agrees with that. And with that, so long and farewell
from CBS Sports Network. We’ll see you next time here from Naples. (light music) (whooshing)

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Dennis Veasley

9 thoughts on “PRO Mixed Doubles GOLD – 2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships”

  1. @31:36 OMG! Melissa really said the Erne is also known as an ATP? Wow! I really lost my respect for her on that one.

  2. What a great match! Simone shows why she is the best female player in the world at 45:17. And when was the last time you saw a sporting event where players appealed and reversed a call that was incorrect IN THEIR FAVOR?!

  3. Hey Mark. Lucy's previous paddle was the Engage Elite Pro. The Onix Evoke Premier and the Elite Pro are the exact same dimensions.

  4. The small and prestigious list. I can just hear someone now. I'm third best pickleball player in the world! Out of how many players? 3

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