Story by: Nevin Jeacoma
Pickleball is the fastest growing sport in America. Tennis courts around the world are starting to transition to accommodate the growing population of the sport. But did you know that there is a professional side of Pickleball.
Austin Tchikatilov is amongst many people that play on the professional tour circuit.
The Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) holds tournaments around the nation showcasing these incredible athletes’ talent. The season started January 12th and continues throughout the year until December 14th. Austin who has only been on the tour a few years is cruising through the rankings and is hungry for the number 1 spot. He is ranked number 36 in Men’s Singles, number 52 in Men’s Doubles, and even ranked in Mixed Doubles coming in at number 97, according to PPATour.com.
Pickleball is a sport that can be played for leisure or at a high level, which makes it a sport for a wide audience. On the pickleball court you will find 8-year-olds playing with 70-year-olds. Pickleball is truly a community sport and on the PPA Tour that is very evident. It is all smiles, high vibes, and sportsmanship between the players, training staff, and fans.