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The Top 20 Pickleball Players to Know

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Pickleball has become a wildly attractive rising phenomenon so we're taking a closer look at the top pickleball players to know.

It's estimated over five million players of all skill levels compete in the United States yearly. That rising attention has been great for the professional game as well.

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Top players like Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters are quickly becoming household names and taking pickleball's popularity to another level.

Today, ONE37pm is looking at the top pickleball players to know in 2022.

Method For Ranking

We based our analysis off of various criteria, including ranking points, championships and social media popularity.

Players are given rankings points based on how deep they go in tournaments, including on pro circuits like the PPA Tour.

Meanwhile, the rising interest in the sport has brought more awareness to players' social media.

Top 10 Men

1. Ben Johns

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Johns is the number one ranked player on the PPA Tour, and also holds the same standing in then World Pickleball Rankings.

The 23 year old recently signed a significant contract with Joola Pickleball as his main paddle sponsor.

Johns has won over 50 tournaments at the professional level is known as one of the biggest ambassadors for the sport.

2. JW Johnson

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Johnson is one of the brightest young male players in pickleball at the age of 20.

He regularly features in the latter rounds of tournaments both in singles and doubles, and he holds various titles to his name.

Johnson won his second triple crown back in April, which includes winning titles in men's singles, mixed doubles and men's doubles.

3. Zane Navratil

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Navratil is one of the top male pickleball players each years and holds over 80 titles in his career.

The 26 year old is known for his impressive speed and court coverage, which makes him a frustrating player to compete against.

4. Tyson McGuffin

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McGuffin is a standout player at the professional level and boasts four national championships.

After years of coaching tennis, McGuffin has become one of the biggest names in pickleball.

He's certainly one of the most outspoken players and always plays with passion on the court.

5. Jay Devilliers

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Devilliers is known as 'The Flying Frenchman' due to his exciting style of play and French charm.

The 27 year old is a well rounded athlete that played soccer, tennis and other sports growing up.

Devilliers is ranked top 5 in the world and has had some epic matches against Johns and the rest of the sport's elite.

6. Riley Newman

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Newman is a tremendous athlete and played Division 1 basketball and tennis at the University of Washington.

The 28 year old has since put his efforts all into pickleball and he excels both in singles and doubles.

Newman and his sister, Lindsey, often play together in mixed doubles events.

7. AJ Koller

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Koller is one of the biggest names currently playing in Major League Pickleball in its second season.

The 33 year old plays for the Jackrabbits and boasts a tremendous DUPR doubles rating of 6.708.

8. Dylan Frazier

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Like Koller, Frazier is a huge asset for Major League Pickleball, competing with the ATX Pickleballers.

The 20 year old continues to rise up the world rankings and is quickly becoming one of the younger talents in the sport.

9. Collin Johns

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PPA Tour

Collin Johns is a smart doubles player that has formed an incredible partnership with his brother Ben.

The Johns Brothers have won many major tournaments, and they've easily separated themselves as the preeminent men's doubles pairing.

10. Kyle Yates

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USA Pickleball Association

Yates has been around the game for years now and boasts 6 U.S. Open gold medals.

The former University of Florida graduate is signed with Paddletek.

He's ranked top 10 in the world and there's no reason to believe he won't continue to shine.

Top 10 Women

1. Anna Leigh Waters

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Waters is the face of women's pickleball at this stage and she's only 15 years.

The daughter of Leigh Waters, Anna Leigh is an elite talent in several sports, including soccer and tennis.

She wins many tournaments with her mother and mixed doubles partner Ben Johns. Waters is one of the elite pickleball players.

2. Lea Jansen

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PPA Tour

The 29 year old is ranked No. 3 in the world right now and the Washington native is becoming a serious threat on the women's side.

Jansen only turned pro in 2021 and she's now showing that she can compete with the game's best week in and week out.

3. Catherine Parenteau

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Michigan State University

The 27 year old has been playing pro pickleball since 2016 and Parenteau is known for being one of the most complete players.

Parenteau and Callie Smith are one of the top women's doubles teams in the sport.

4. Jorja Johnson

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Jorja Johnson is only 15 years old and continues to impress as a teenager.

Her brother is JW Johnson, who is an elite men's player in his own right.

Jorja plays Major League Pickleball with the Hard Eights, and she's already collected 19 pro medals at a young age.

5. Jessie Irvine

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The 32 year old is known for her athleticism and Irvine often finds huge success playing mixed doubles with Devilliers and Parenteau in women's doubles.

Irvine previously worked at Tennis Channel as an on-court reporter before her pickleball career began in 2018.

6. Leigh Waters

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The mother of Anna Leigh, Waters is one of the top women's players each time out on the court.

Her partnership with her daughter has made the Waters' one of the best female duos in pickleball.

Waters is a very powerful player and she often dictates points on the court.

7. Simone Jardim

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Jardim is a veteran on the women's side and one of the most accomplished female players.

The 42 year old was ranked world No. 1 on the women's side from 2016 to 2020.

She previously coached Michigan State's tennis team for seven years before taking a step back due to her pickleball success.

8. Parris Todd

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Tennis World USA

The 24 year old is a former professional tennis player that has quickly risen up the ranks of pickleball.

Todd became a fashion mogul off the court, but has become one of the biggest talents in pickleball after recently beating Anna Leigh Waters.

She also plays in Major League Pickleball for Team BLQK.

9. Callie Smith

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Smith is a former University of Utah standout tennis star and turned pro in pickleball back in 2019.

She has found huge success teaming up in doubles with Parenteau and she's regularly a top 5 player in all women's divisions.

10. Irina Tereschenko

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USA Pickleball

Tereschenko has been playing racquet sports for over 20 years and serves as one of the veteran faces on the pro tour.

The Russia native is a five-time major champion after playing college tennis at Texas Tech University.

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