Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

Players to Watch – Simone Jardim

She is one of the most recognizable names in the world of pickleball and like most of pickleball’s elite players, Simone Jardim’s ascent in the sport began on the tennis courts. Jardim moved to the United States at the age of 18 and quickly made a name for herself in the sport of tennis. She spent…

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Players to Watch – Scott Moore

Widely regarded as the #1 male senior player in the world, Scott Moore continues to dominate on the pickleball court. At the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, Scott walked away with four gold medals making the Texas native a 20-time gold medal winner at the sport’s premier event. From 2015-2017, Scott won 12 straight…

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Players to Watch – Sarah Ansboury

One of the real trailblazers of pickleball, Sarah Ansboury first started playing the sport five years ago and quickly found herself atop the medals platform with gold medals in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the 2016 USAPA National Championships. At the US Open that same year, she took home titles in Women’s and…

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Players to Watch – Morgan Evans

A native of Perth, Western Australia, Morgan Evans is clearly one of the sport’s top competitors. A Pro Doubles Gold winner at the 2017 Tournament of Champions was followed up with wins at the US Open in 2018 in mixed age and silver medalist in Pro Doubles at the Atlanta Open and SoCal Classic. So…

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Players to Watch – Matt Wright

A stellar collegiate tennis career at the University of Michigan, Matt Wright played #1 in singles and doubles for the Big Ten Wolverines all four years while he was in Ann Arbor. After graduating from the maize and blue, Wright went to the University of Kansas School of Law and is currently a commercial/corporate attorney…

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Players to Watch – Marcin Rozpedski

One of the most recognizable names in the sport of pickleball, Marcin Rozpedski is a native of Warsaw, Poland where, at an early age, excelled on the tennis courts. At the age of 15, knowing he needed to hone his competitive skills in the United States, Rozpedski settled in at the world famous Van der…

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Players to Watch – Lucy Kovalova

A native of Slovakia where she was a member of the Junior National tennis team, Lucy Kovalova made her way to the United States after graduating high school in her home town of Presov to play collegiate tennis for Wichita State, where she played #1 doubles for the Shockers for four years. Three years ago,…

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Players to Watch – Leigh Waters

Most often, natural disasters can have a profound impact on an individual or families. Such was the case in the summer of 2017 as Hurricane Irma came barreling through the east coast of Florida. Leigh Waters and her family were without power, so they made their way north to Leigh’s father’s home in Pennsylvania to…

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Players to Watch – Kyle Yates

Kyle was first introduced to pickleball by his uncle, Mike Welter, while he was in high school. As an avid tennis player, his transition to pickleball was fairly quick. In 2014, Kyle played in his first USAPA National tournament and took gold the very first day in the men’s doubles 19+. Two years later, he…

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Players to Watch – Kris Anderson

One of the sport’s top pickleball players, Kris Anderson began her career five years ago when a planned tennis match was cancelled due to inclement weather. A friend suggested a game of pickleball indoors, and that’s all it took for Kris to get hooked. With partner, Scott Moore, Kris took home the Senior Open Mixed…

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