The Top 20 Pickleball Players to Know

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
IG/JW Johnson

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
Zane Navartil/IG

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
Tyson McGuffin/USA Pickleball

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
Jay Devilliers/IG

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
Riley Newman/IG

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
AJ Koller/YouTube

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
Dylan Frazier/Facebook

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
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
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
Anna Leigh Waters/Facebook

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
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
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
Jorja Johnson/YouTube

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
The Dink Pickleball

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
Sun Sentinel

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
The Dink Pickleball

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
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
The Dink Pickleball

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
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.


Major League Pickleball Brings the Game to Wall Street

As you know, pickleball is the sport of the future. It’s garnered the attention of everyday people, top athletes in other sports and even power players on Wall Street. In support of next week’s launch of the 2022 Major League Pickleball season, the MLP Founder, Steve Kuhn was invited to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

The NYSE also hosted an exhibition pickleball match featuring four of the top players in the trending sport. This marked the first time in history that a sporting event was held in the New York Stock Exchange.

The historic event, which took place in front of a select group of spectators, was livestreamed on New York Stock Exchange’s YouTube channel.

With a 40% increase in interest in pickleball, the sport which has been around since the mid 1960s, is currently the fastest growing sport in America. An estimated 4 million+ people picked up paddles in 2021 alone.

The Major League Pickleball’s 2022 season officially kicks off June 3rd in Austin, Texas. The highly anticipated Finals match can be watched on CBS Sports Network on June 5th.

This Saturday (May 28th), the invitation-only live draft reveal show will take place in New York at the iconic USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows. Check out, as well as MLP’s YouTube and Facebook channels for highlights.

Stay locked in with ONE37pm for all of the most up to date information on all things pickleball.


Why Pickleball Growth Is Incredible

Why won’t people shut up about pickleball? It’s a fair question. Pickleball is so hot right now, like Hansel in 2001.

But just like Derek Zoolander warmed up to the flashy Male Model of the Year’s charm, you too will warm up to pickleball…as soon as you decide to step on the court.

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Most articles credit pickleball growth to the fact that Grandma can play sans the risk of a broken hip and that it’s generally easy to play.

While partially true, it’s a lazy narrative. I’m here to give you the full scope of the sport’s surge into the spotlight, and why the pickleball growth is poised to continue… exponentially.

The Sport Is An Equalizer

Everyone can play with everyone. Grandpa can play with little Johnny. Mom can play with Dad. And what’s more, grandpa, Little Johnny, mom and dad can all play a legitimately competitive match together. Why/how?

Well, the same reasons that people claim it to be ‘easy.’

The court is smaller, which means there’s less ground to cover. Grandpa doesn’t have to move as much.

The ball is perforated. Ever played wiffle ball? You crack the ball square off the face of the bat and it explodes with velocity. But then, it decelerates aggressively, and the ball is caught for an out.

Same thing. Player A smashes a juicy overhead to the open court and it looks like the rally is over, but instead, the ball slows just enough for player B to get a defensive paddle on it and the point continues.

The result? Longer points, and more importantly, more intense ones.

My uncle’s favorite part about the game is that you can take four random people, stick ‘em on the court, and they’ll be guaranteed to have at least one chaotic, scrambling rally that leaves everyone out of position, out of breath, and doubled-over in laughter. It’s a good time.

You don’t need to be in peak athletic form, and you don’t need a sports background.

Were you a band geek? Great. Are you Jared before the Subway Diet? Perfect. Are you an all-time great NFL receiver? Cool, Larry Fitzgerald plays, too.

Pickleball Is Highly Social

The game is highly social. The court is smaller, and thus players are more proximate. This lends to conversation, camaraderie, and a feeling of togetherness.

Former competitive tennis studs will tell you that pickleball serves as a refreshing foil to tennis’ ultra-competitive, Mean Girls culture.

Simply put: you’ll make friends. And as alluded to above, you’ll double-over in laughter with your new friends. Some good ole’ fashion bonding.

Minor Learning Curve

The learning curve is essentially non-existent (at least for casual play). Anyone can pick up a paddle and play competitively their first time on the court.

In fact, it’s delusion-inducing. Like golf, but on steroids.

As you walk off the court, that little voice in your head whispers: “You know, if you just practiced a bit more, maybe you could go pro.”

And that’s how the addiction begins.


You can play for hours. Like, hours and hours. And you can play the next day and the next day.

On top of that, it’s good for you. If you’re a fitness tracker enthusiast, your strain will look like you just ran a marathon.

The quick stops and starts will cause your heart rate variability to read like a HIIT-trainer’s dream.

Professional Level
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Money is pouring in at the pro level. Investors? Could be you…well, it could have been you. You’re already too late:

Carolina Hurricanes owner and billionaire Tom Dundon just bought the Pro Pickleball Association. He’s got big plans.

Major League Pickleball just launched in Austin, with financial backers like noted speaker Brene Brown and Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry.

And the most recent development? Gary Vaynerchuk bought a Major League Pickleball team.

Yup, the guy known specifically for predicting the next big thing (Short-form video, NFTs, Collectibles, TikTok, to name a few) just bet big on the burgeoning sport.

Perhaps Vaynerchuk will be involved in expanding pickleball growth the same way he has with other ventures.

There are two pro tours and one pro league. Ex-tennis studs are rushing into the sport with hopes of being the next Ben Johns or Anna Leigh Waters (look them up).

Easy Accessibility

The barrier to entry is nominal. Want to play tennis? Gotta find a court. Want to go cycling? Better start saving for that bike.

Want to play pickleball? Grab some chalk, a $100 kit with everything you need for four players and spin up a game in the street.

Not to mention, every dormant tennis-court across the country is just waiting to be converted into a pickleball court. In fact, it’s leading to tennis vs. pickleball feuds in towns across America.

All in all, it seems like all of the forces in the world are converging in pickleball’s favor.

Celebrity Players
Clive Brunskill / Staff

For better or worse, Hollywood is obsessed with pickleball.

No seriously, look at this list of A-listers who play: Ellen Degeneres, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Larry David, David Dobrik and the list goes on.

I probably don’t need to tell you that people tend to follow Hollywood’s lead.

So the next time you hear someone talking about pickleball and wonder “why won’t people shut up about it?”

Here’s a short summary: The pickleball explosion is here to stay and the sport is pretty awesome.

Thomas Shields is the founder of The Dink, a pickleball news and media company dedicated to the blossoming sport.


What is The USA Pickleball Association?

Pickleball’s explosive growth has created significant demand for the sport both at the amateur and competitive levels.

For that reason, there are several major organizations in place to oversee rules, the sport’s growth and fundamental development.

The USA Pickleball Association is one of those bodies employed to look after players across the United States.

ONE37pm takes a closer look at the USAPA and what the organization looks to achieve.

What is USA Pickleball?

Per the organization’s website, USA Pickleball is designed to “promote the development and growth of pickleball in the United States and its territories.”

The organization is in charge of hosting many tournaments across the nation, as well as providing rankings to players.

They help integrate new players into the sport of all ages, as well as cater to the needs of the existing pickleballers.

What Does A Membership Get Me?

USAPA members receive lots of benefits, including the ability to enter hundreds of tournaments each year.

Players of all ages, genders and skill levels can compete in competitions both locally and across the U.S.

Players can also find discounts on merchandise like paddles, pickleball apparel and nets.


The organization also has existing relationships with partners like Franklin that help provide great access to the sport.


USAPA offers players the chance to find local courts and players to compete against.

Places2Play is a locator that finds players and allows them to create profiles that can display their age, gender, skill level and more.

This also allows players to find pickleball clubs to join that can further their development and meet more people.


Best Pickleball Paddles For Professionals

Pickleball paddles can be difficult to choose from, but that doesn’t mean you have to shop for one alone.

The sports’s rapid growth in the United States has been astounding over recent years.

With that growth, more and more players are working their way onto the professional circuits.

Big names like Ben Johns and Ana Leigh Waters have consistently found success on the men’s and women’s sides of the sport, respectively.

So today, we’re taking a look at which paddles players should look into if they want to take the next step in their careers.

ONE37pm examines the best pickleball paddles for professionals.

Paddletek Bantam
Kyle Yates/IG

The Paddletek Bantam is known of being a bit more lightweight than other paddles, which is ideal for quick-reacting players. That extra split second can make all the difference during a point.

Joola Ben Johns Hyperion CFS
Ben Johns/IG

Johns made the switch to upstart pickleball brand Joola in recent months after being the face of Franklin. Joola paddles are commonly known for having plenty of control and utilizing a carbon fiber frame capable of lasting for long periods.

Ana Leigh Waters/IG

Many professional players use Electrum paddles and Waters is probably the most known player for doing so. These paddles have long reaches which allows players to retrieve balls near The Kitchen easier than some others.

Selkirk Amped Invikta Signature
Tyson McGuffin/IG

Tyson McGuffin is an extremely recognized talent on the men’s pickleball tour. Selkirk and its designs offer more power than many competing products. The paddle’s handle is also a bit longer and mimics that of a tennis racquet for players with bigger hands.

Riley Newman/IG

Gamma is becoming more of a common paddle in pickleball because of its long paddle face. It allows players to have extended reach both near The Kitchen and baseline.

Head Gravity
Steve Deakin/IG

Head is a traditional name in the tennis space and their involvement in pickleball continues to grow. These paddles have a smaller grip but they’re very compact and have a solid sweet spot in the center.


Guide To Pickleball Rankings

Playing a new sport is extremely exciting and with pickleball’s growth in the United States many players are picking it up.

Pickleball is one of the most accessible sports.

One question that can be difficult to answer though is where a new player would fall in the pickleball rankings.

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For that reason, there are various skill ratings systems in place to help new players establish where they stand.

Additionally, established professionals and other serious players can track their progress.

ONE37pm looks at some of the ways to track pickleball rankings and the differences between some of the levels.

USA Pickleball Skill Ratings

In pickleball, the vast majority of players fall under a pickleball ratings scale of 1.0 through 5.0.

Players can achieve higher than a 5.0 by competing and succeeding in high-level competitions.

1.0 players are considering beginners and often don’t have the necessary background to compete against top players.


Players that rise to a 3.0 or higher are expected to be proficient serving and returning the ball.

Players should also know all the rules of pickleball, including important ones pertaining to The Kitchen.

5.0 players are advanced and can hold long rallies and control pickleball points with ease.

Players can win points with their forehand and backhand strokes, while also having strong net play.

How Do I Get A Rating?

Establishing a rating can be difficult early on as a player, especially when you don’t feel comfortable playing in tournaments.

There are simple solutions though.

Players can self rate themselves based on how they play against fellow players in a more relaxed environments.

It’s important to be accurate and honest when self rating because it only benefits the player.

Professional players have their rankings updated regularly when competing in tournaments.

That is something that many new pickleball players want to aspire towards in their careers.

DUPR Ratings

DUPR stands for Dynamic Universal Pickleball Rating. It is the leading system used for player rankings.

This scale differs from traditional pickleball rankings. It ranges from 2.000 and 8.000.

The formula doesn’t change based on a player’s age, gender or skill.

DUPR uses a player’s last 30 singles matches and previous 60 doubles matches to establish a rating.

The system takes points won, winning and losing and match quality into account.

For example, sanctioned tournaments will earn players more clout than a recreational match.

Players can enter any result into DUPR to help progress their rankings.

DUPR traditionally updates its ratings on a weekly basis.


Guide To Pickleball Terms

Pickleball is sweeping the nation as one of the United States’ next big sports.

The sport is played by athletes of all ages and pickleball has recently received a huge boost from major celebrities.

NFL stars like Russell Wilson, Drew Brees and Rob Gronkowski have all hit the pickleball courts and enjoyed the sport.

Although there are many similarities to tennis and other racquet sports, some pickleball terms differ.

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ONE37pm offers up some of the most important pickleball terms to you’ll need to know before hitting the courts.

The Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) is one of the bodies that hosts both professional and amateur events.

The APP Tour is one of the leading tours in pickleball.

An Around-the-Post shot is one of the most exciting shots. Players wait for the right opportunity to hit the ball onto the other side around the post.

A Dead Ball occurs when a fault has happened and the ball isn’t in play any longer.

The Kitchen is the phrase used for the No Volley Zone. Players can only enter the area if the ball has bounced in it.

Volleys and overhead smashes aren’t permitted in The Kitchen.

Similar to tennis, pickleball has a variation of a drop shot known as a Dink.

Dinking occurs in or around The Kitchen and is designed for players to keep the ball as close to the net as possible.

The Double Bounce rule is similar to tennis. Players must return the ball over the net in one bounce or less.

An Erne is a shot in pickleball where a player strategically jumps from behind The Kitchen and lands out of bounds.

This shot is used to generate a surprise attack on an opponent and often finish a point off.

Faults can happen in when a ball isn’t returned over the net and if a serve isn’t put in play.

Faults are enforced if players volley inside The Kitchen as well.

A Game in pickleball is played to 11 points. A player must win by at least two points to secure a game.

Lets are different in pickleball than tennis and ping pong. A serve can hit the net and enter the court while being played.

However, when a ball hits the net cord and doesn’t go over it’s a fault.

No Man’s Land is when a player is stuck between the serving line and The Kitchen during a point.

The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) is another organization that hosts high-level tournaments across the U.S.

Passing shots occur when a player hits the ball down the line past their opponent.

Unlike tennis, Server Number is important in pickleball because in doubles each player serves when the ball is on their side of the court.

A Side Out occurs when a player or team loses a point. The serve goes over to the other side of the court.


What Is The Professional Pickleball Association?

High-level players are turning to the Professional Pickleball Association in significant numbers.

While many picklers choose to play recreationally at their local court, others set their sights higher.

For that reason, the PPA is one of the governing bodies that oversees professional growth.

The PPA hosts a number of events each year where players can compete for points, prizes and more.

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ONE37pm takes a closer look at the PPA and how it’s growing the sport.

What is the Professional Pickleball Association?

The PPA offers players the opportunity to compete at top venues and take home massive prize money.

All events are streamed through their YouTube page. Additionally, events can be televised on CBS Sports, FOX Sports and Tennis Channel.

What Events Does the PPA Host?

This year, the PPA will be hosting 13 events between April and January 2023.

The season kicks off in April with the Red Rock Open.

This week, the PPA rolls on with the Invisalign Open 250 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The organization’s majors for the year include the Acrytech Atlanta Open (Atlanta, GA), Baird Wealth Management Open (Cincinnati, OH), Guaranteed Rate Championships (Las Vegas, NV) and the Hyundai Masters (Palm Springs, CA).

How Much Can Players Earn On Tour?

The PPA uses a pay-per-round method, which gives players payment for winning each match beyond the Round of 32.

For example, when a player wins its Round of 32 and Round of 16 match, but loses in the quarterfinals they will still be paid out.

Major events pay the most money, roughly $160,000. Meanwhile, lowest-level tournaments, known as PPA 250s, still pay over $120,000 to the entire field.


Who Won The US Open Pickleball Championships?

Pickleball held one of its biggest events of the year over recent weeks with the 2022 US Open Pickleball Championships being played.

The event was held in Naples, Florida, with the tournament dating back to the first edition in 2016.

The best pickleball players from across the country met with 13 different categories in play.

Roughly 3,000 players competed at the Championships. The event was held at East Naples Community Park.

The venue is considered the largest pickleball facility in the world with over 64 courts available.

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The tournament offers one of the biggest prizes in pickleball, with over $100,000 given out across all divisions.

Some of the biggest names in the sport competed over the course of a week in the hot, humid Florida conditions.

Here’s a closer look at the results of the 2022 US Open Pickleball Championships.

US Open Pickleball Championships Winners

Ben Johns is one of the elite names in the sport and continued his dominance on the men’s side of pickleball.

Johns and his brother, Colin, won the men’s double competition and defeated Matt Wright and Riley Newman in the title match.

The Johns Brothers won 11-8, 11-9 to capture the crown.

Meanwhile, Johns continued his reign on the mixed doubles side with a victory alongside Simone Jardim.

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The Brazilian-American is a former women’s world number one in pickleball and she held that title for nearly four years.

The pair of Johns and Jardim captured the title after defeating Jessie Irvine and Tyler Loong by a score of 11-5, 11-2.

Top ranked women’s players Catherine Parenteau and Lea Jansen earned this year’s women’s double title as well.

Parenteau and Jansen knocked off Irina Tereschenko and Andrea Koop, 11-1, 11-13, 11-5 in the hotly-contested final.

The headline event on the men’s side featured Ben Johns and JW Johnson in the finale.

Johns captured the electric title match after losing the first set and battled back to win 5-11, 12-10, 11-7.

In women’s singles, Parenteau emerged victorious by beating her doubles partner Jansen 11-4, 11-5.

Parenteau is currently the second-ranked female player in the sport


Most Important Pickleball Rules

Pickleball’s presence in the United States is soaring and that means players across the country continue to dive deeper into the sport.

With courts and facilities popping up all over the U.S., pickleball is becoming a force in the American sports landscape.

The sport has a rising number of youth players. Pickleball has primarily been a game for adults, but that is quickly changing.

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On the surface, it may seem close to tennis, but there are plenty of nuances that differentiate pickleball from other sports.

ONE37pm looks at some of the most important pickleball rules that every player should know before they hit the courts.

Basic Rules of Pickleball

Pickleball is played in a singles or doubles manner.

The sport is played on the same size surface regardless of singles or doubles play.

The pickleball court is 20 feet in width by 44 feet in length.


‘The Kitchen,’ also known as the No Volley Zone, is seven feet long on both sides of the court and players can only enter when the ball bounces.

The ball must bounce on each side once after serving before a player or team can volley.

How Does Serving Work?

Unlike tennis, players cannot use an upward motion on their serve.

Pickleball requires players to utilize an underhand serve and make contact with the ball near waist level.

Play starts once the ball reaches the subsequent box.


Another difference from tennis is that there aren’t double faults. A player can only serve once before turning the ball over to the next server.

In doubles, both players on a team have the chance to serve when the ball is on their serve.

The only time this doesn’t apply is on the opening serve of the match.

Players continue to serve until they or their team don’t earn a point.

How Does Scoring Work?

Players or their team only earn points on their serve.

Games are normally played to 11 points.

In doubles, players on the right side of the court serve when their score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc.).

When the serving team has an odd score (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, etc.) they serve from the left side of the court.

What is ‘The Kitchen?’

Players can only enter ‘The Kitchen’ when the ball bounces once.

Players are able to smash the ball anywhere else on the court other than in ‘The Kitchen.’

However, players cannot have their momentum carry them into ‘The Kitchen’ even after the ball has left their paddle.