Player Profiles

  • Irina Tereschenko

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    Age: 35

    From: Moscow and currently resides in Seattle, WA. 

    Before becoming a National Champion and multiple US Open medalist, Irina played tennis at Texas Tech as their top player in both singles and doubles.  Almost immediately after being introduced to Pickleball, Irina quickly became a competitive and accomplished Pro.  She loves teaching Pickleball because she feels it is a “great battleground for different styles of play and people of all skill levels can really enjoy themselves playing the sport.”  When she’s not teaching or traveling to and winning medals in tournaments, Irina also finds time for snowboarding and waterskiing.

     

    Key Titles:

    • 2017 USAPA Nationals Women’s Singles Open Silver
    • 2017 USAPA Nationals Women’s Doubles Open Silver
    • 2017 US Open Women’s Singles Pro Silver
    • 2017 US Open Women’s Doubles Pro Silver
    • 2017 TOC Women’s Doubles Pro Bronze
    • 2017 TOC Women’s Singles Pro Bronze
    • 2017 PPF Northwest Women’s Doubles Gold
    • 2017 PPF Northwest Women’s Singles Bronze
    • 2017 PPF Northwest Mixed Doubles Bronze
    • 2016 USAPA Nationals Women’s Singles Open Gold
    • 2016 USAPA Nationals Mixed Doubles 19+ Silver
    • 2016 USAPA Nationals Women’s Doubles Open Bronze
    • 2016 USAPA Nationals Women’s Doubles 19+ Silver
    • 2016 US Open Mixed Doubles 25+ Gold
    • 2016 US Open Women’s Doubles 30+ Gold

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  • Kyle Yates

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    Kyle Yates
    Age: 23
    From: Fort Myers, FL.

    Kyle 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 

     

    Key Titles:

    • 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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  • Aspen Kern

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    Age: 25

    From: Lancaster, PA 

    When he’s not traveling the pro tournament circuit, Aspen is a full-time instructor at the Green Valley Country Club in Philadelphia.  He first learned about Pickleball over 10 years ago in Santa Barbara, CA.  He and his Dad were hooked from day one and became obsessed with the sport.  After training with his Dad, Aspen played in his first ever National tournament at the age of 16, beating some of the best players in the world at the time, and became a professional player.  Just last year Aspen created The Pickleball Forum on Facebook, a group that has over 16,000 members already and growing every day.  Also in 2017, Aspen created the first ever Pickleball (Festival), a non-competitive social gathering that had over 200 players come to Kansas City.  Due to the success, the festival is happening again in 2018 and was sold out within days.  After a successful 2017, both on the court (with 18 Pro Gold Medals) and off, Aspen was named Pickleball Rocks player of the year.

    Accomplishments:

    • 2017 USAPA Nationals Men's Doubles 19+ Gold 
    • 2017 Florida State Championship Men's Doubles Gold
    • 2017 Presidents Cup Mixed Pro Gold
    • 2017 So Cal Classic Men's Pro Doubles Gold 
    • 2017 So Cal Classic Mixed Pro Doubles Gold
    • 2017 The South Championships Men's Pro Doubles Gold 
    • 2017 The South Championships Mixed Pro Doubles Gold
    • 2017 PPF Lakes Spring Fling Men's Pro Doubles Gold
    • 2017 PPF Lakes Spring Fling Mixed Pro Gold
    • 2016 USAPA Nationals Mixed Open Gold
    • 2013 USAPA Nationals Men's Doubles 19+ Go

     

     

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  • Tyson McGuffin

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    Team Selkirk Advisory Staff Member, Ty McGuffin, 28, is the current men’s singles National Champion, winning the Men's Singles Open Division of the 2017 USA Pickleball Association National Championships, at Palm Creek Golf RV Resort in Casa Grande, AZ. McGuffin, a former competitive tennis player and top-rated teacher in Idaho, is one of Professional Pickleballs most accomplished and recognizable players. He currently competes nationwide playing in singles and doubles events sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association, the sports’ governing body. A natural athlete, McGuffin grew up in Lake Chelan, Washington, in a family that was into wrestling in a huge way, as his father was a high school wrestling coach. While wrestling was his main sport growing up, he found tennis at a later age, and took up the game competitively at the junior college level after passing up on a wrestling scholarship. While continuing to play competitively, McGuffin eventually became a tennis instructor, before being introduced to the sport of Pickleball at his local YMCA. While initially struggling with the fast-paced game, he eventually parlayed his tennis skills into becoming a competitive player. While new to the sport, McGuffin turned professional less than two years after picking up his first Pickleball paddle, and his success
    was immediate as he won multiple championships in 2016 and 2017, including his USAPA Men’s Singles Open National Championship victory. Today, when not traveling to play on the professional Pickleball circuit, McGuffin resides in Hayden, Idaho, with his wife and young son, where he serves as a USPTA and IPTPA certified tennis instructor, as well as a certified Pickleball teacher, working out of the PEAK Health Wellness Center’s Hayden Tennis Center.

    Key Titles

    • 2017 USA Pickleball Association National Championships
    • Men’s Singles Open Division Champion
    • 2016 Int’l Indoor Pickleball Championship
    • Gold - Men’s Singles Open
    • 2016 So Cal Summer Classic
    • Gold - Men’s Singles Open
    • 2016 Coeur D’Alene Classic Pickleball Tournament
    • Gold - 5.0 Men’s Singles  
    • Gold - 5.0 Men’s Doubles

     

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  • Tonja Major

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    Team Selkirk Advisory Staff Member, Tonja Major, has been a professional Pickleball player since 2011. She currently competes nationwide playing in doubles events sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association, the sports’ governing body. Major, who has worked as a professional aesthetician for the past 14 years, was introduced to the sport of Pickleball by her future

    husband, Lavon, over 20 years ago. She immediately fell in love with the game, while rising in the ranks as a competitive player in singles and doubles before turning professional in 2011.  Since that time, she has enjoyed tremendous success, especially competing at the doubles level, and has captured numerous tournaments around the country, including multiple major championships. Tonja also teaches at Pickleball Station, the Pickleball facility developed and run
    by PickleballCentral.com, the largest online retailer of Pickleball. Today, Tonja and Lavon reside in Lynnwood, Washington, as she continues to define her professional Pickleball career, while
    promoting the game at all levels.

    Key Titles

    • 2017 US Open
    • Gold – Mixed Doubles 35+
    • 2016 International Indoor Championship
    • Gold – Women’s Doubles
    • 2014 Oregon State Games
    • Gold - Women’s Doubles
    • 2012 USAPA Nationals
    • Gold – Women’s Doubles 19+

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