Thomas Wilson and Christian Alshon competing in pickleball doubles.
Thomas Wilson and Christian Alshon competing at the Pickleball Central Indoor USA Champoionships. PPA Tour

Wilson, Alshon secure gold in men’s doubles

LAKEVILLE, MN - We knew going into the men’s doubles final that there would be at least one first-time gold medalist.

We just didn’t know whether it would be Christian Alshon or Connor Garnett.

After Alshon and partner Thomas Wilson’s 11-2, 10-12, 11-9, 11-2 victory over Garnett and partner Tyler Loong, it’s Alshon who has earned his first pro gold medal.

The No. 3 seeds got off to a strong start in Game 1 behind their drive-and-crash strategy that worked for them all day Saturday.

But Garnett and Loong dialed up their own aggression on their drives to take Game 2 and even held the lead for most of Game 3.

A key adjustment on the side of Wilson and Alshon to start dropping more thirds instead of driving proved to be crucial as they rallied to take Games 3 and 4 for the title.

“It was a little surprising. I think we lost the drive-and-crash battle fair and square,” Wilson explained. “Tyler and Connor’s drives were amazing, so we had to slow it down a bit in that final game.”

Wilson will have a chance for his second gold medal of the day in the mixed doubles final where he and Vivienne David will take on Rachel Rohrabacher and Federico Staksrud.