Playing the best of the best

Cambridge resident and pickleball player Jackie Bradshaw will compete with approximately 3,000 of the best professional and amateur pickleball players in the world in Naples, Florida, next week.

Bradshaw will be competing in women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles at the 2022 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships at the East Naples Community Park April 24-30.

Her partner for women’s doubles is 17-year-old Ava Pisacrita of Louisville, Kentucky, and her mixed doubles partner is Mike Cheeseman of Illinois. She has previously played with each.

The tournament is described as one of the most prestigious events in pickleball and has a $ 100,000 purse. It will be played on 64 courts and is expected to attract 25,000 spectators.

The 24-year-old played tennis through high school and while attending Bethany College in Kansas. After two shoulder surgeries she began looking for something competitive to play and decided to go to the opening of pickleball courts in Mt Caramel, Illinois, where she was living at the time.

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