Player Profiles 2019

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Kyle Yates

Team:

East

 

Origin:

Fort Myers, FL

 

GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

#3

 

Pickleball Global Profile:

https://pickleball.global/connect/players/kyle-yates/

 

Short Bio:

Yates is a multiple-time National Champion and picked up the sport while still in high school down in Fort Myers, Florida.  Growing up as a soccer player, he transitioned to Tennis, then Pickleball.  While at the University of Florida, he would spend his weekends, not at school, but at the Villages in Florida playing against some of the top Pickleball players of the time.  Kyle started competing nationally at 19 years old.  In his very first competitive tournament, the SoCal classic in 2014, he won Gold in 5.0 singles, shocking the Pickleball world by defeating the #1 ranked player in the world at the time.  His very first Nationals, also in 2014, he won Gold in Men’s Doubles 19+.  Kyle was chosen as 2016 Pickleball Rocks player of the year and now teaches and plays Pickleball professionally full-time.  He helps teach at the US Open Pickleball Academy in Naples, Florida and also travels around the world to help spread the love of the game.
“People assume I was some big-time tennis player.. I wasn’t.  I played tennis, but compared to some of these other guys, I wasn’t very good…It just goes to show that anybody can be good at Pickleball, regardless of background, if they really work at it.” - Kyle Yates
Fun Facts:

Has played Pickleball with Andy Roddick
Won 5 gold medals in 1 tournament (2015 southwest regional)
Has won a gold medal in 5.0 with each: his mom, sister, brother in law, and uncle
Has won a gold medal at some point in every tournament he’s ever competed in
In 2 years he has yet to earn less than a silver medal in ANY men’s doubles events in which he competed
World's #1 Doubles player

 

Medals:

2018 USAPA Nationals men’s doubles open champ.
3x defending us Open pro doubles champ.
2017 US Open Men’s doubles Pro Champion
2017 SoCal Classic Men’s Doubles Pro Champion
2017 Florida State Men’s Doubles Champion
2017 Presidents Cup Champion
2017 PPF Desert Singles Champion
2017 PPF Northwest Mixed Doubles Champion
2017 PPF Rockies Men’s AND Mixed Doubles Champion
2017 Canadian Nationals Men’s Doubles Pro Champion
2017 Grand Canyon State Open Men’s Doubles Champion
2017 US Open 19+ Mixed Doubles Champion with (Sister) Sarah Yates
2016 Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year
2016 US Open Men’s Doubles Pro Champion
2016 Tournament of Champions Men’s Doubles Pro Champion
2016 USAPA Nationals Open Men’s Doubles Champion

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