Player Profiles 2019

  • Regina Franco

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     Regina Franco

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    San Luis Potosí, Mexico

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #9

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/regina-franco/

     

    Short Bio:

    Regina has 4 siblings, 3 sisters and 1 brother, along with her mother. Her family supports her and pushes her to be better every single day. She has been in
    racquet sports her whole life. She started to play racquetball when she was 10 years old. During that time frame, she competed in national and international tournaments, winning big titles along the way. Joining her on her racquetball journey was her sister and brother. They traveled the world competing
    together on the pro racquetball tour. She was traveling to a racquetball company event in Sarasota Florida in 2016 when she first heard about Pickleball. They were promoting for the US Open in Naples, and her and her family went to watch. She fell in love with the sport but didn’t start playing until 2018. She has steadily grown and continues to develop her skills playing in both Pro mixed and women’s divisions.

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  • Martina Kochli

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     Martina Kochli

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    Slovenia (Now in FL)

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #32

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/martina-kochli/

     

    Short Bio:

    Martina was born and raised in Slovenia and came to US on a tennis scholarship. As a young teen, she played challengers in EU and finished her tennis career at UTEP. She is a military wife, and now lives in Miami. She has 2 kids, 3 and 8 years old. She has been playing Pickleball for a little over a year and is sponsored by Onix. "Random Facts: I don’t like ice in my water, and I enjoy winter 1 week/year - skiing, then returning to a permanent tan place." - Martina Kochli

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  • Dominic Catalano

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     Dominic Catalano

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    Naples, FL

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #52 (Doubles)

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/dominic-catalano/

     

    Short Bio:

    Dominic is the owner and lead instructor of 3D Pickleball. He is sponsored by Selkirk. Dominic is a former collegiate and professional baseball player. He coached 3 years of collegiate baseball and ten years of high school baseball. He was introduced to Pickleball as a Physical Education teacher in 2002. He moved to Naples, FL in 2013 and started playing competitive Pickleball. He started
    his company 3D Pickleball in 2016 and also gives lessons, clinics and runs tournaments in Florida. He started competing professionally in 2016.
    Pickleball Achievements:

    7 Time US Open Medalist

    2016 (2 Gold / 2 Bronze)

    2017 (1 Gold / 1 Bronze)

    2018 (1 Bronze)

    Delray Beach Pickleball Classic

    2018 Mixed Pro (Gold)

    Sundial Spectacular

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  • Collin Johns

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     Collin Johns

     Photo © Carl Schmits 2019

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    Naples, FL

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #37

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/collin-johns/

     

    Short Bio:

    Collin is a former tennis player, 978 ATP singles and 939 ATP doubles. He started playing pickleball last year. He now competes in the top ranks of pro tournaments. Taking the place of younger brother Ben Johns who needs no introduction.

     

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  • Eden Lica

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     Eden Lica

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    Romania (Now in CT)

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #23

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/eden-lica/

     

    Short Bio:

    Lica started playing Pickleball two years ago, and is a former ATP tennis player and former National Junior player for his country of Romania.  He is a professional tennis instructor and has taught at clubs in New York and Connecticut.  He is currently ranked #1 in the state of Connecticut.
    Medals:
    Milford Open gold medal doubles twice, mixed doubles, Nutmeg games singles 5.0 without losing a point! And mixed doubles, Gold in doubles 5.0 New Hampshire, 2018 Gamma Open, Silver in singles 2018 New Jersey Open, Silver medalist Represented Romania in Junior European Championship; San Remo, Italy Winner of Single Juniors National Championship of Romania; 3-time finalist Three time back to back doubles champion of Juniors National Championships of Romania Three times doubles champion of Juniors International Championships or Romania- Winner in over 50 tournaments ETA and ITF competition in singles and doubles. • Hitting partner with Andrei Pavel Romanian Davis Cup Captain Finalists Davie Open Singles, Doubles Gold Medal Singles doubles New Cannan Open 2019

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