Thomas Wilson and Vivienne David giving each other a high five playing pickleball.
Vivienne David and Thomas Wilson are into their second consecutive mixed doubles final. PPA Tour

David, Wilson cruise into mixed doubles final as top seed

LAKEVILLE, MN - It can be difficult competing as the No. 1 seed, but it hasn’t seemed to impact Vivienne David and Thomas Wilson too much in Minnesota.

They hadn’t dropped a game all day going into their semifinal match against No. 13 seeds Tina Pisnik and Dekel Bar.

And they still haven’t.

The top seeds booked their spot in Championship Sunday for the second consecutive tournament with a convincing 11-5, 11-5 victory.

Their mastery of the drive and crash strategy was on full display, especially in Game 1, with Wilson’s strong third shot drives creating opportunities for David to be aggressive and gain the upper hand on the fifth shots as she closed into the kitchen line.

Wilson gave all the credit to his partner for her ability to find ways to be aggressive early and often.

“I just have to hit a pretty good drive, and then I get to sit there in a lounge chair and watch Viv take over,” he joked.

Their performance in Minnesota continues what has been a strong start to 2024 for the duo, picking up two bronze medals and a silver in three tournaments.

Despite this success, the No. 1 seeds do their best not to overlook any opponent.

“Anybody can beat anybody pretty much,” said Wilson. “We’ve been fortunate to be consistent to start off this year, but these teams are amazing.”

They’ll take on either Lea Jansen and Hayden Patriquin or Rachel Rohrabacher and Federico Staksrud in Sunday’s final.