• 64°

Jon Post wins national Senior Games title in pickleball

Jon Post wins national title

Submitted photo
Salisbury’s Jon Post, center, won the National Senior Games (55-59 age group) pickleball title match. Post won, 11-6, 11-1, over David Redding, left. Roger Bunting, right, was third. June 7, 2017.

By Dennis Davidson

dennis.davidson@salisburypost.com

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jon Post of Salisbury won a singles national pickleball title at the National Senior Games here Wednesday night.

Post, playing in the 55-59 age group, defeated two-time defending champion David Redding, of Searcy, Ark.

Post topped Redding early in the tournament, 12-10, 11-3, then met the perennial favorite again after Redding came back through the loser’s bracket.

The final match was won by Post, 11-6, 11-1, giving the Salisburian the gold medal.

“It’s the best I ever played,” Post said in a telephone interview. “I had a blast. I really like singles because you are the only guy on the court and can use your own strategy, without having to depend on someone else like you do in doubles.”

Post, a longtime local tennis player, relies on those skills in pickleball, a game he’s been playing just for a year and a half.

“I’ve pretty much quit tennis and turned to pickleball now,” said Post. “It’s racket skills for sure. All of the better players in this age group have tennis backgrounds but in the younger groups, that’s not always the case.

“You use forehand and backhand skills, for sure,” continued Post, “but the serve is underhand and not as important as it is in tennis. Doubles in pickleball are big, but the singles game relates closely to tennis, and I like to lean on that experience.”

Redding is head tennis coach at Harding University in Arkansas and won the national championship in 2013 and 2015. The Senior Games holds nationals every other year.

“David is very good and won the U.S. Open last year and some other big tournaments,” added Post. “This was a good win and definitely my best tournament.”

The event was Post’s first national tournament victory. He won the North Carolina title in 2016, which qualified him for the nationals. Post also played in the last U.S. Open and finished third in the second (4.0) division.

NOTES: Following Post and Redding, Roger Bunting took the bronze medal for third place. … Post said that North Carolina had the fourth-best representation in the senior games, all sports combined.

Comments

Crime

Man charged after thieves rob would-be gun buyers of wallets, shoes

Crime

Blotter: Four added to sheriff’s most wanted list

High School

High school football: Some anxious moments, but Hornets win state title

Local

Photos: Salisbury High Hornets win big in 2AA championship game

Local

County manager outlines projections for the upcoming fiscal year budget, suggests uses for stimulus money

Business

Miami-based Browns Athletic Apparel opens second screen printing location in Salisbury

News

At funeral, fallen Watauga deputies remembered as ‘heroes’

Coronavirus

COVID-19 cluster identified at Granite Quarry Elementary

Coronavirus

More than half of North Carolinians have now taken at least one vaccine shot

Local

City hopes to cover expenses in 2021-22 budget with surplus revenue generated this year

Local

Fallen tree proves to be a blessing for local nonprofit Happy Roots

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Health department drops quarantine time from 14 to 10 days

Crime

Blotter: More than $100,000 in property reported stolen from Old Beatty Ford Road site

Local

City fights invasive beetles by injecting trees with insecticide

Local

City names downtown recipients for federal Parks Service grant

China Grove

China Grove Town Council weighs 2021-22 budget priorities, supports buying body cameras

Education

Educators reflect on Teacher Appreciation Week

Education

Livingstone College wins $30,000 Home Depot grant

Education

Shoutouts

News

Shield-A-Badge With Prayer program enters 26th year, accepting volunteers to pair with officers

Education

COVID-19 infection, quarantine numbers in Rowan-Salisbury Schools reach new highs

High School

High school football: Offensive line came together for Hornets, who play for state title tonight

Local

Pro baseball: White makes pro debut and says, ‘It felt amazing to be out there’