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03/10/2023

Who Are The Top Pickleball Players In The World?

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Professional pickleball is as competitive as it’s ever been and is only gaining in popularity. With different leagues, tours, and tournaments, it's difficult to keep up with the rankings of the best pickleball players. That's why the Paddle Experts at JustPaddles have made a list of the top pickleball players in the world (along with some information about specific players). Our list is in alphabetical order and is a culmination of tour standings, tournament results, and DUPR ratings. Curious about where you might stack up? Check out our blog ‘What is DUPR?’ “Pickleball’s Most Accurate Global Rating System” to learn more!

Let’s head to the ‘Pickledome,’ where the world’s top pickleball players square off for a chance to top the rankings. 

Top Men’s Professional Pickleball Players

  • Ben Johns
    • Hometown - Laytonsville, Maryland
    • Resides - Austin, Texas
    • #1 Player in the World
    • 108-match winning streak in singles.
  • Dekel Bar
  • Dylan Frazier
    • Hometown - Columbia, Missouri
    • Attributes his pickleball success to “an amazing support system made up of family and friends in the pickleball community, particularly Columbia and St. Louis.”
    • Sponsored by Selkirk and Chicken N Pickle
  • Jay Devilliers
  • Julian Arnold
  • JW Johnson
  • Matt Wright
  • Riley Newman
    • Age - 29 
    • Hometown - Whidbey Island, Washington
    • Resides - Phoenix, Arizona
    • Middle child of 7 siblings. 
    • Played in the U.S. Nationals tournament in 2019, where he and his sister (Lindsey) were able to play on Center Court in the Mixed Open Gold Medal Match.
  • Tyson McGuffin
    • Hometown - Lake Chelan, Washington
    • Resides - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
    • Years Played - 8 
    • Dubbed “The Most Electrifying Man In Sports” by Barstool Sports.
    • Runs clinics and camps and offers instructional tips all over the country. Tyson is a true ambassador of the sport of pickleball.
  • Zane Navratil
    • Hometown - Racine, Wisconsin 
    • Years Played - 7
    • 2-time winner of Major League Pickleball
    • Invented the now banned ‘Chainsaw Serve’

Top Women’s Professional Pickleball Players

  • Andrea Koop
  • Anna Bright
  • Anna Leigh Waters
    • Hometown - Del Ray Beach, Florida
    • Turned pro at age 12.
    • 2021 National Champion in Women’s Doubles
  • Callie Smith
    • Hometown - Orem, Utah
    • Teaches both tennis and pickleball in Utah. 
    • Introduced to pickleball by her 90-year-old grandfather.
  • Catherine Parenteau
    • Hometown - Montreal, Canada
    • Resides - Naples, Florida
    • Introduced to pickleball by Simone Jardim. 
    • Former Top 5 Ranked Tennis player in Canada
  • Jorja Johnson
    • Hometown - Pittsburgh, Kansas 
    • Resides - Boynton Beach, Florida
    • Brother is JW Johnson (in the above list).
    • Considered one of the best young players in the world.
  • Jessie Irvine
  • Lauren Stratman
  • Lucy Kovalova
  • Vivienne David
    • Hometown - Southwest Florida
    • Resides - Dripping Springs, Texas 
    • Worked at her father’s tennis and pickleball retail store as a teen. 
    • Member of MLP’s Las Vegas Night Owls

Wondering which paddles these players are using? Check out our blog covering all of the professional players and their paddles HERE. There you have it! A list of some of the top professional pickleball players in the world competing for the World’s Top Pickleball Rank. As pickleball’s popularity continues to rise, the level of competition follows. More and more players are coming out of the woodwork and will soon be fighting for the coveted spot of Top Pickleball Player in the World.

Looking to take on the top professional players? You’d better start practicing! Check out our Pickleball Lesson Plan, and one day, you may just become the world’s best player. Have any questions? Ask our Paddle Experts! We're JustPaddles, and we're here for you from Click To Court. You can contact our Paddle Experts via phone/text at 866-382-3465, email at experts@justpaddles.com, or you can click here to live chat!

 
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