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Suncoast Pickleball Pro Series Bio's

BARRY WADDELL

Barry grew up in Miami Florida playing football and baseball in the youth programs until the age of 13 when he discovered his true love tennis. Within two years he was ranked in the top 5 in the state of Florida and top 50 in the nation. At 18 he won the Florida State High School Championships at the number one singles position earning him many college scholarships. Attending the University of Illinois, Barry was ranked number one as a freshman getting to the finals of the Big Ten Championships. He then played professionally on the satellite tour in Europe and the United States. After a brief professional tennis career he returned to Florida to become the Director of Tennis at Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island. Continuing to play tennis tournaments he was ranked number one in Florida in the Men’s 25 and Men’s 30 division and number two in the men’s open division. At the age of 49 and after many years away from teaching and playing tennis, Barry found his new love Pickleball. He began playing indoors recreationally for the first 5 years and then discovered outdoor tournament play 2 years ago. Barry, has won numerous tournaments including 4 Florida Senior games in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. He won the Atlantic Regional Championships and in March Barry won a silver medal at the US OPEN PICKLEBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS in Naples, Florida. In 2018 Barry has won four money tournaments including the Gold Medal at the prestigious Texas Open. Barry looks forward to playing and competing all over the country showcasing the growing sport of Pickleball.  Barry is also an IPTPA Certified Pro!!!