3 Reasons to Watch: PPA North Carolina Cup 2024

Image of the pickleball courts that will host the 2024 PPA Tour North Carolina Cup

Watching pro pickleball can be overwhelming, even for those who already consider themselves enthusiasts. So we’ve taken note of some of the most exciting or otherwise interesting storylines, rivalries, and projections for upcoming matches to bring you “3 Reasons to Watch.”

Here are some moments to look forward to during the PPA North Carolina Cup this week, from Thursday’s qualifiers through Championship Sunday.

Will Pickleball’s GOAT Earn 100 Triple Crowns?

Anna Leigh Waters, the number one pro pickleball player, currently has 99 PPA Triple Crowns under her belt, among many other distinctions.

But that means this weekend, she could walk away with a record-breaking 100.

Here’s the breakdown on her stats thus far:

  • 35 titles in singles
  • 30 titles in women’s doubles
  • 32 titles in mixed doubles

McGuffin & Ignatowich Return

We haven’t seen Tyson McGuffin in a while due to an injury that left him out of the last two tour stops. This week, however, he’s cleared to play in all three events.

Meanwhile, James Ignatowich is also back from injury.

At the last PPA event in Austin, James’ friend and regular drilling partner Andrei Daescu took two titles in his place, most notably defeating Anna Leigh Waters & Ben Johns with Jame’s usual partner Anna Bright (more analysis on that match here).

We’re eager to see if James & Anna can pull off a title of their own.

Doubles Partners to Battle in Singles

Genie Bouchard, a notable tennis player and relative newcomer to pickleball, will take on Dominique Schaefer – the same player she’ll partner with in the women’s doubles event.

Potentially awkward for them, but exciting for us.

Bonus: Celebrity Pro-Am

A celebrity pro-am match will take place Saturday, April 6 from 2-3pm ET featuring Carolina Hurricanes Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour, former players Cam Ward and Justin Williams, and UNC Basketball Legend Tyler Hansbrough. Learn more here.

Where to watch the PPA North Carolina Cup: Catch the action starting 11am ET Wednesday on Amazon Prime and Pickleballtv.

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