JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier playing men's doubles.
JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier competing at the Vizzy Atlanta Open presented by Acrytech. PPA Tour

Johnson, Frazier capture Atlanta Open crown

PEACHTREE CORNERS, GA - JW Johnson and Dylan Frazier overcame a one-game deficit to defeat Matt Wright and Federico Staksrud in the men’s doubles gold medal match.

Staksrud and Wright were flying high after their semifinal victory over Ben and Collin Johns, and they carried that momentum with them into the match’s first game and took it 11-4.

The No. 2 seeds found their form from there, though, and took the next three games behind their typical brand of disciplined pickleball in which they displayed impressive patience in lengthy dink rallies.

“They came out strong and came out firing, so we just had to buckle down and be ready to grind and fight for every single point,” Frazier said of the victory. “They made very few unforced errors, so it just came down to execution and winning some hands battles when we needed to.”

One of the challenges for Frazier and Johnson was dealing with the crafty right-side play of Wright, who frequently changed the pace of rallies by lobbing from the kitchen line.

“Matt’s super tricky with it,” Frazier explained. “He takes a lot of balls out of the air. Sometimes he dinks it, sometimes he speeds it up, sometimes he lobs it. It’s hard to know which one’s coming, and you’ve just got to be on your toes at all times.”

This 4-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 win marks the 8th PPA Tour title for Frazier and Johnson.

In the bronze medal match, Tyson McGuffin and Dekel Bar downed the Johns brothers 11-5, 4-11, 12-10, handing them their second consecutive loss.