A native of Sharon qualifies to participate in the US Open, the biggest plot event in the world

NAPLES, FLORIDA (WKBN) – Sharon native Jackie Bradshaw (24) will compete in Florida next week with nearly 3,000 athletes at the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships in 2022, the largest infusion tournament in the world.

Watch the video above and listen to Bradshaw and see her in action.

The tournament is held annually at East Naples Community Park in Naples, Florida. With 64 courts, the park is the largest permanent cucumber management facility in the world. According to the US Open website, the event should attract approximately 25,000 spectators and is worth $ 100,000.

“I’m so excited to be able to compete in an event like this,” Bradshaw said. “But you obviously get nervous when you think about the size of the event or just the name.”

Bradshaw played tennis at Bethany College in Kansas. During high school, she suffered numerous shoulder injuries that eventually ended her playing career. So less than two years ago, she decided to try infusion.

“It’s a lot easier on my joints than any of the sports I’ve ever played,” Bradshaw said. “Lots of subliminal movements, except for an obvious blow overhead.” But in reality, it’s more of a game of control and patience, which I really appreciate and somehow stand out. “

Bradshaw trains two to three hours a day to prepare for the US Open. He also practices a few hours of cardio daily.

At the US Open, Bradshaw will compete in the age group of 19 and at level 5.0 – the highest level at which an amateur can play before becoming a professional.

She will take part in three events: women’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed couples.

“For singles. I want to end up in the top half of the women’s category, “Bradshaw added. “Women’s doubles, I want a medal and then in a mixed doubles I really want to leave with a gold medal.”

The 2022 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships take place April 23-30.

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