July 21, 2023
By Alice Tym
Hometown: Delray Beach, Florida
Marital status: Single, dating Anna Bright
Favorite tournament: Major League Pickleball in San Clemente
What qualities make a good men’s doubles player in contrast to a good mixed doubles player?
A good men’s doubles player is more patient, disciplined, and has a good soft game. A good mixed player must be athletic, aggressive, impose control, control the middle, and hit 75% of the shots.
Do you have a pre-match routine?
I drink a coffee then drink water. I stay hydrated then I have a dynamic warmup.
Where do you want pickleball to go?
I’d like to see pickleball become the most played sport in America. Keep building a lot of courts.
What is your favorite music genre?
I like all classical music. I listen to a lot of Mozart. I especially like Symphony 40 in G minor. I played piano a lot when I was young.
What book has influenced you the most?
“Can’t Hurt Me” by David Goggins. He was a Navy Seal who had a tremendous work ethic. That is why I work hard.
What’s your favorite kind of food?
I like Indian food, chicken tikka masala, biryani, and lamb masala.
What would be your dream vacation?
I’d like to take my girlfriend, Anna Bright, to Beijing, China.
Are you a problem solver?
No, I am a problem creator.Social media is so prevalent now.
Do you think this is a good thing for young players?
It’s good that you can watch other players. It is bad because you might see negative comments about yourself.
Do you gamble?
I used to bet on the horses, but it wasn’t good for my bank account.
Do you have siblings?
I have two younger brothers and one younger sister. They all play tennis. And my 12-year-old sister plays a lot of pickleball.
Tell me something few people know about you.
When I was 17, I was the #1 Word Hunt player. Once I played 13 hours of pickleball straight in one day. And I was on the Dean’s List at Vanderbilt University every semester for four years. •