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Frank Anthony Davis (FAD)

Top 5 touring Pro Pickleball player Frank Anthony Davis (FAD), is originally from a small town in southern New Jersey. He lives with his wife Josie and their two rescue dogs.

In 2019 he won the USAPA Heritage Tournament Triple Crown, was the National Pro singles bronze medalist, and the Chicago Open Champion. FAD is excited to be partnering with Niupipo on the pro tour in 2021. Together they look forward to growing the sport while creating quality products for more players to enjoy.

You can learn more about Frank at FADPickleball.com.

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Rafael Hewett (RAFA)

Rafa Hewett comes from the small town of Lewiston, Idaho. He is a 3rd generation cattle farmer and works full time as a rancher and wine vintner. Rafa enjoyed a successful collegiate tennis career at Point University, where he is the all-time leader in career wins. After college, he picked up the sport of pickleball and quickly realized he had what it took to become a professional. He trains weekly in the Pacific Northwest with World #2 Tyson McGuffin and in just one short year has already risen to #17 in the world with already 5 career titles to his name.

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Corrine Carr

Corrine Carr, 30, has been playing pickleball for over five years. She started playing pickleball while she was getting her PhD in Finance from Michigan State University, where she wanted an athletic activity that took place indoors during the cold weather. Six months after playing her first game, she competed in her first tournament; she was immediately impressed with the social community surrounding the competitive atmosphere, and she was hooked.

Corrine started playing tennis and golf at a young age, and she went to college at South Carolina university on a Division 1 golf scholarship. She still plays both tennis and golf in her spare time, when she’s not teaching as a professor of finance at Campbell University in North Carolina.

Michelle Esquivel

Michelle is an IPTPA certified instructor, Founder & Co- Director of Ultimate Pickleball Academy

In 2015, Michelle was introduced to Pickleball and within a few years she decided to teach and play Pickleball Full time professionally. Since then, Esquivel has medaled in singles and doubles at several Major Professional Pickleball tournaments including the Hawaii Open, US Open and Nationals.

She graduated from Concordia University, Irvine on a full tennis scholarship with a BA in Exercise Sports Science with an Emphasis in Teaching and Coaching.  After graduating, she became an USPTA instructor at Matchpoint Tennis Academy, and collegiate tennis coach at Cypress College. She later obtained her Masters Degree in Physical Education at Azusa Pacific University and began teaching Kinesiology classes.

Michelle established herself in the Pickleball community as one of the top instructors in the game and has experience teaching with: EngagePickleball Camps, LevelUp, Pickleball Getaways and Suncoast Pickleball Academy. Her passion and love for the sport has made her a fan favorite. She’s made appearances as a live commentator for several professional pickleball events and has also been featured on the Eddie and Webby show.

Lindsey Newman

Lindsey Newman grew up on Whidbey Island, Washington with 6 siblings (4 sisters and 2 brothers) and now currently resides in Queen Creek, Arizona. She started her pickleball career in the late summer of 2017 at Pickleball Station (in Kent, Washington) after hearing about it from another Selkirk player, Mark Cook.Lindsey and her brother, Riley entered into their first tournament less than a week after picking up a pickleball paddle and won the mixed doubles open bracket! Lindsey and Riley became instant professional players and their careers have completely sky rocketed from there. If Lindsey isn’t out on the pickleball court, she’s probably on another type of court (she referees college basketball). Lindsey plays both singles and doubles in pickleball but much prefers playing doubles with her favorite partner, Riley. Lindsey is also working with her younger sister, Hayley in hopes that they can one day be doubles partners. Some of Lindsey’s favorite pickleball memories include going to Hawaii to play in a tournament and getting DQ blizzards with Riley after a successful day of tournament play. Lindsey plays with the AMPED Epic paddle and loves how big the sweet spot is!

Riley Newman

Riley Newman was born and raised on Whidbey Island, Washington from very supportive parents, Mike and Pam Newman. Riley grew up in the middle of 6 siblings (5 sisters and 1 brother). He grew up and loved playing baseball, soccer, basketball, and tennis. He especially loved basketball and tennis and like his older sister, Lindsey; played tennis at a Division I school in Seattle. Riley was introduced to pickleball in the summer of 2017 by basketball referee and Selkirk player, Mark Cook. Because Riley and Lindsey both played very high-level tennis, picking up a pickleball paddle and learning the strategy wasn’t too difficult. The Newman’s entered into their first 5.0 tournament and won the mixed doubles bracket! Riley has been hooked on pickleball ever since and absolutely loves all of the wonderful people he has meet because of it. Riley lives in Phoenix, Arizona and referee’s college basketball. Riley plays with the Amped Epic paddle and loves the extended handle which allows him to hit his two handed backhand, also the power from the baseline with the touch from the kitchen line. His favorite Pickleball memory came in his first US Open tournament (2018) where Lindsey and him progressed so far in the tourney that they played on center court in the mix open quarterfinals. “The fans were so engaged and felt the awesome energy throughout the whole match.”

Olivia McMillan

Olivia McMillan, 30, was born and raised in Charleston, SC. She played Division 1 tennis at The College of Charleston and earned a degree in Corporate Communications. Post college, she became a tennis teaching pro and worked for ESPN as a freelancer. Now living in Jacksonville Beach, FL she discovered pickleball in 2018 and has been hooked ever since.

Aside from her corporate job, she loves teaching pickleball and traveling to tournaments to compete. A few tournament highlights include earning a Bronze medal in Pro singles at the APP Punta Gorda tournament, Silver in Women’s doubles pro in NC Open, and a Gold medal in 5.0 Mixed Doubles at The Florida Grand Slam. She is also a US Open Singles Champion and a National Singles Champion in her respective divisions. She is a crafty lefty who enjoys all aspects of the game; socially and competitively.

As of January 2021, she was ranked in the top 10 pro women’s singles players on the APP Tour and top 20 doubles player.

She is currently sponsored by Tail Activewear and Prince Pickleball.

Megan Hall & Scott Golden

Megan Hall is a pickleball professional who travels the country teaching clinics and playing on the pro tour. She is currently ranked # 10 in the world in women’s singles. She received her first pro medal during the APP Tour Pro Singles event in Hilton Head Island, SC. Megan is currently the Junior Program Director at Boca Pointe Country Club and also is a full-time mom to her 3 year old daughter Frankie.  She currently lives in Boca Raton, Florida and is originally from Smithfield, Rhode Island.

Scott Golden is a 5.0 rated player, professional pickleball commentator & PPR certified instructor. Scott is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and currently resides in Boca Raton, Florida. He has been involved in the sport, in many facets, since October of 2016. He is sponsored by Dicks Sporting Goods, Monarch Pickleball, Tyrol Pickleball shoes, PicklePlay, PB1965, & Jigsaw Health.  He is also works with the Professional Pickleball Association as a Commentator.   Scott has many impressive wins, mostly recently taking gold in the Men’s Open Pro doubles division at the Vero Beach Gamma Open and 5.0 Men’s Doubles at the Atlanta Open.

 

Alix Truong

Alix Truong out of Northern Virginia has been rapidly climbing the ranks in the pickleball scene making her debut appearance on the professional tour at the January 2021 APP Punta Gorda Pickleball Open at the age of 15.  In the last six months, Alix has played in 20 tournaments receiving a total of 24 medals and looks forward to attending some more tournaments across the nation in the near future.

Alix is currently a sophomore in highschool; she balances schoolwork, social media as a brand influencer and small business manager/marketer, and of course pickleball. She also plays tennis as the top seeded player at her high school, and played competitive soccer and volleyball prior to finding her true love for pickleball. Alix seeks to continue her development and contribution in the pickleball community through coaching clinics, junior instructing, and raising awareness of the game.

Wyatt Stone

Wyatt already has a great reputation for being not only a very good young player, but for being a great advocate for players of all ages and skill levels. There are kids across the country who are just waiting to be invited to try pickleball and Wyatt will find them and get them on the courts.  Since Wyatt played in that first tournament, he has played in 26 tournaments and brought home 33 medals working his way up the ranking system. He took home a gold medal from the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships and went on to become the first International Junior Champion in the first International Junior tournament ever held. He  has plans to compete in 2021 AAU Junior Olympics which will be held in the summer in Houston Texas.

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