Ben Johns was in unfamiliar form in the first set of his Mixed Doubles match where he was paired with Anna Leigh Waters as he took on Tyle Loong and Leigh Waters. Johns/Waters lost the first set 11-9, as they battled back to make it a close game. Johns had numerous unforced errors in the first match as they fell behind 8-3 early in the set. They would battle back to make it close, but the early deficit and play by Johns made it difficult to overcome.
Thankfully Johns figured out what was wrong, his hat. The first set Johns donned his signature Franklin Pickleball hat backwards, but the next two games he lost the hat and seemingly lost the yips. Johns/Waters went onto dominate the next games with winning scores of 11-1 and 11-3.
Keep an eye out the rest of the weekend if Johns is donning the hat or if he’s staying with the no-hat look.