HAYDEN, Idaho – A Washington man was named the best professional pickleball player in the world.
Tyson McGuffin, who grew up in Lake Chelan, won the men’s professional singles title and a gold medal at the 2019 U.S. Open Pickeball Championship in Florida this past week.
According to his sponsor Selkirk Sport, McGuffin was already a four-time Grand Slam Gold Medalist in men’s open singles, a four-time National Champion and won his first Grand Slam in men’s open doubles in 2018.
Selkirk Sport is a family-owned pickleball paddle company based in Hayden, Idaho.
KAPP-KVEW sister station KXLY caught up with McGuffin in 2018 to learn the basics of pickleball. McGuffin said pickleball is the world’s fastest-growing sport. In 2015, 250,000 players participated in the sport. In 2018, there was close to three million. McGuffin said the sport is great for people of all skill levels and ages.