Grand Slam! Ben Johns whacked in face at PPA Mesa [update: Stream link added]
Direct hit.

February 19, 2021

Ouch! “Grand Slam” took on a whole new meaning today as the pro men’s singles competition commenced in Mesa, Arizona. The PPA’s Facebook page shared a few photos of #1 seed Ben Johns on the sidelines after getting hit in the face by Jay Devilliers. Ben brushed it off and showed off the bloody towel he used to mop up. He’s a pro through and through!

We’re not sure where Ben was hit exactly. From The Dink Pickleball’s Facebook livestream of the match, it looks like Ben got smacked in the nose and possibly his left eye. Check out the match here (the grand slam shot occurs at 20:36).

For the rest of us mere mortals, it’s another good illustration of the need for eyewear protection! Head over to the kitchen and tell us what you wear if you haven’t already.

Here’s the streaming schedule for the PPA Mesa Grand Slam pro matches coming up today through Sunday:

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