Authored by Gritty
There is no women’s singles for this event so we decided not to do a fantasy draft preview. Instead, we have a podium pick preview for you all. These are solely my picks that Slim has nothing to do with. Since the APP dialing it back to 20 stops next year with bigger purses and better venues, that should do away with these weaker, smaller tournament brackets. This one in Sacramento is the weakest one I can recall for the entire year.
1. Anna Bright / DJ Young
2. Cierra Gaytan-Leach / Chuck Taylor
3. Lacy Schneemann / Zack Taylor
The mixed field is the deepest of the 4 pro brackets. Anna and DJ are a legit team that should roll through. I think Chuck Taylor is far and away the next best male so paired with Gaytan-Leach they are a strong silver choice.
The Rest: That bronze could go any way. Schneemann and Taylor have had one good pro run together but the Brascia sisters, Maggie with Patriquin and Mary with McMakin, offer some upside. The most intriguing team is Susannah Barr playing with her son and king of the soon to be defunct spin serve, Porter Barr. That serve will be deadly in mixed and Porter is starting to get results in pro. This may be a lot of pressure for Porter in a softer field when a result is up for grabs. Keep an eye out for Padegimaite and Wyatt Stone too.
1. Susannah Barr / Lina Padegimaite
2. Mary Brascia / Maggie Brascia
3. Anna Bright / Beth Bellamy
This is a weird pro draw. Barr and Padegimaite are my pick, but the Brascia sisters should be competitive with them. Anna Bright playing with one of the top senior women in Beth Bellamy is quite the thing. It will be interesting to see how Bellamy holds up as no one else outside the top 2 teams features a legitimate pro partnership. Bellamy and Bright had solid results in the Shootout last night too.
The Rest: Gaytan-Leach/Erokhina have found some results together before in pro. Joy Leising and Tracie DeJager are relevant for this field, but I don’t see them finding a podium.
1. Mario Barrientos / DJ Young
2. Ky McMakin / Chuck Taylor
3. Hayden Patriquin / Wyatt Stone
Mario and DJ are heavy favorites as the only other people in this men’s field with pro podiums are Chuck Taylor and Hayden Patriquin. Hayden and Wyatt Stone’s results have levelled off with their dual high variance style, which is why I like McMakin/Taylor a little better. Hayden and Wyatt lost early in the Shootout last night too.
The Rest: I have Nemoff/French ahead of them but a team to watch would be Zack Taylor/Matt Baca. Taylor and Baca play with the strong Cali group that features Irvine, Crandall, Warnick and Schneemann. The silver and gold medal teams for the shootout were Ashworth/Vavra, who beat Hayden/Wyatt, and Venkatesan/Tamanaha.
1. Kyle Lewis
3. Zack Taylor
Kyle Lewis is the only guy here with a pro podium so it shows how soft this field is when he is the clear top dog. Hayden Patriquin gets pro wins and should have a shot at a podium here while Zack Taylor is a wild card as he has been solid enough in pro.
The Rest: Other names to watch for the podium are Connor Garnett and Noah Zwiren. Garnett is a tennis guy pegged recently by Daniel Roditi as one to watch. Zwiren is a PNW guy who gets some pretty solid results when he plays pro singles.
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