There’s an excitement around this weekend’s Acrytech Atlanta Grand Slam that I haven’t seen in the past couple tournaments. Pros Ben Johns, Anna Leigh Waters, and Leigh Waters all make their return to the court after taking the past few tournaments off. The three pros have had a hot start to the 2022 tour season and I’d expect the trend to continue, but some think they could show some rust.
I thought this would be a great opportunity to try a format I’ve been wanting to incorporate into the Dink Tank. We’ll dive into some Fact or Fiction heading into the tournament tomorrow.
The Johns Brothers Will Continue Their Men’s Doubles Dominance
- FACT: I expect the brother combination of Ben and Collin Johns to continue their dominance on the court this weekend. The brothers have the best doubles record on the tour this year, but will have to fend off the teams of 2021 winners Tyson McGuffin (now partnered with Jay Devilliers) and Riley Newman (now partnered with Matt Wright.) McGuffin will have to have an explosive weekend if he expects to repeat.
We Will See Another Women’s Triple Crown This Weekend
- FICTION: Catherine Parenteau, or as I like to call her CP3, took home the women’s triple crown at the PPA Invisalign Open as she swept the field in all three events earlier this month. She will look to defend her crown against fellow 2022 triple crown winner, Anna Leigh Waters. Waters returns to the tour this weekend and will run into a red hot Parenteau. I don’t expect either Parenteau or Waters to sweep the field and win the triple crown this weekend, but I do anticipate some heated battles between the two.
Rising Star JW Johnson Will Win The Men’s Singles Title
FACT: Johnson has made a splash on the tour this year and I expect him to make a statement this weekend in Men’s Singles. Johnson wasn’t at last year’s Atlanta Grand Slam, but last year’s winner Ben Johns will look to defend his crown. JW and Ben have had some heated matchups this year and if the bracket plays out as expected, don’t be surprised to see them locked in the title match again. Tyson McGuffin may have something to say about this, as he finished 2nd at last year’s event and recently dropped a heated battle with Johns at the Arizona Grand Slam in February. Look for McGuffin’s revenge.
*JW Johnson and Ben Johns will not be competing in Men’s Singles this week…*
Hopefully you like this format and we’ll look to incorporate it more for future events. If you’re interested in the tournament schedule, I’ve listed it below. You can watch all the action this weekend on PPA TV!