Player Profiles 2019

  • Noah Waddell

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     Noah Waddell

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    Fort Myers, FL

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #14

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/noah-waddell/

     

    Short Bio:

    Like father like son, Noah followed his dad to the gym to learn the new sport of Pickleball. At nine years old he learned quickly that in order to keep up with dad he had to develop a big and menacing game. Being left-handed Noah is able to hit the ball with different angles and spins causing chaos to his opponents. Noah has a big power game seasoned with a combination of speed and finesse. In his first year playing outdoors professionally, he teamed up with his father to win two prize money tournaments and the US OPEN bronze medal. He also won a bronze medal in the US OPEN Singles, a Gold Medal in the Junior Boys doubles, and a silver in the US OPEN mixed doubles. In addition to Pickleball, Noah is a world class classical pianist. NBC and Wink News featured a story showcasing his talents as a child prodigy who gives back to the local community. He has also appeared on the PBS TV Show, “Curious Kids”, the Christian Television Network, and on NPR’s nationally syndicated radio show From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley. After winning a concerto competition at 12 years old, Noah made his orchestral debut performing three concerts as a soloist with the Tampa Bay Symphony. Since then, Noah has performed with the Port Charlotte Concert Band, the Coral Gables Chamber Symphony, the Gulf Coast Symphony, and twice was the featured soloist under the baton of Nir Kabaretti with the Southwest Florida Symphony. He is the first pianist in this region to play the Clara Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor. In 2014, Noah won his first international piano competition that was held in Fort Collins, Colorado. Noah loves fishing and also his two Havanese dogs, Bach and Mozart.

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  • Frank Anthony Davis

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     Frank Anthony Davis

     Photo © Carl Schmits 2019

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    Philadelphia

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #7

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/frank-davis/

     

    Short Bio:

    Frank aka FAD, is a touring Pickleball Pro, residing with his wife Josie in the Philadelphia area. In 2019 he is cooperating with and representing Hudef Sport Pickleball at a national level. He is a 3x Atlantic Region Champion, 2x Great Lakes Region Champion, and a 3x Atlantic South Region Champion. He has competed at a top 5 level in Pro Singles for the past 3 years. In 2018 he also won 4 doubles titles. One of which he partnered with the world number 1, Kyle Yates. Outside of competition Frank has participated in several charity events. Including Play with the Pro which raised money to provide paddles for elementary school children. Also, Stand Your Ground, which raised over $50,000 for pediatric cancer research via Alex's Lemonade Stand.

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  • Adam Stone

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    Adam Stone

    Team:

    East

     

    Origin:

    Texas

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #6

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/adam-stone/

     

    Short Bio:

    Stone is a lifelong tennis player who played 2 years at the university of Colorado at Colorado Springs and two years at the university of Texas at Tyler. He taught private lessons and also stayed on to be the grad assistant at UT Tyler for 3 years. Stone then became a full-time assistant for 2 years. He played poker part time during this stretch and started playing poker full time about 5 years ago. Stone started playing pickleball a little under 2 years ago (2018) and this past nationals was his one year tournament play anniversary.
    "I have beaten all the top singles players besides for Ben and Ty -- and have beaten most of the top doubles players, besides for Ben." - Adam Stone

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  • Kyle Yates

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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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  • Joey Farias

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    Joey Farias

     Photo © Carl Schmits 2019

    Team:

    West

     

    Origin:

    Corpus Christi, TX (Now in Tucson, AZ)

     

    GPR (Global Pickleball Ranking):

    #4

     

    Pickleball Global Profile:

    https://pickleball.global/connect/players/joey-farias/

     

    Short Bio:

    Farias currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.  He currently works as the Director of Pickleball at Tucson Country Club and is also a traveling Pickleball instructor. 
    Medals:

    2017 US open pro doubles bronze medalist
    2017 Bend PPF pro doubles Gold Medalist
    2018 US open 19+ mixed Doubles Silver Medalist
    2018 US open 30+ Men’s doubles silver medalist
    2018 Nationals 19+ singles bronze medalist
    2019 Florida Grand Slam Men’s Pro Doubles - Gold Medalist
    2019 Grand Canyon State Games 5.0 Men’s doubles Gold Medalist
    2019 Hawaii Open Pro Men’s Doubles Silver Medalist
    2019 Hawaii Open Pro Men’s Singles Bronze Medalist

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