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10-19-17: Selkirk Sport Debuts “AMPED” Series… Made - in - the - USA Pickleball Paddle
10-27-17: Selkirk Sport Introduces Professional Pickleball Incentive Pool Program
11-22-17: Ty McGuffin Wins Gold at USAPA National Championships
12-13-17: Morgan Evans Named First - Ever Professional Pickleball Coach
1-3-18: Selkirk Sport Announces Major Shift in Pickleball Paddle Manufacturing
1-9-18: Ty McGuffin Signs Largest Contract in Professional Pickleball
2-2-18: Former Wimbledon Doubles Champion Joanne Russell Signs with Selkirk S port
3-19-18: Selkirk Sport Introduces 2018 Signature Series AMPED Pickleball Paddles
3-27-18: Selkirk Sport Captures Multiple Pickleball Wins
4-4-18: Selkirk Sport Re-Signs 6 - Time National Pickleball Champion Enrique Ruiz
4-13-18: Selkirk Sports Signs Kaitlyn Christian
4-17-18: Selkirk Sport Announces $50K in Prize Money at US Open
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April 18, 2018
Selkirk Sport, the leading Pickleball paddle and accessories brand, and one of the game’s most prominent supporters, announced that professional tennis player, Kaitlyn Christian — who acted as Emma Stone's tennis double in the film “Battle of the Sexes,” has been signed to the Team Selkirk Advisory Staff and is now competing on the professional pickleball tour. The news comes in advance of the 2018 US Open Pickleball Championships (April 21 - 29, Naples FL), where the former NCAA Women’s Tennis Doubles Champion (University of Southern California) will compete using the recently introduced Selkirk Series AMPED Paddle.
Learn the Basics of Pickleball From the Number One Singles Player in the Country
April 18, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. - Pickleball is the world's fastest - growing sport. In 2015, 250,000 players participated in the sport. Today, there are close to 3 million. It started in Bainbridge and has been gaining momentum just a few hundred miles away in Spokane.
The North Park Athletic Club recently transformed four of their courts into pickleball courts, and hired Tyson McGuffin as their director of tennis and pickleball. Tyson is ranked as the number one singles pickleball player in the nation.
The sport was created for all skill levels and ages. McGuffin says that he's noticed more senior players taking up the sport; as it is easier on the body. Another trend? Former racquet sports athletes who've suffered an injury.
The club is hosting a Pickleball Social on Wednesday, April 18 from 6pm to 8pm at their location, 8121 North Division Street. For the first hour, there will be a pro exhibition. In the second hour, spectators are invited to play pickleball with the pros, including Tyson.
Selkirk Sport Re-Signs Enrique Ruiz To Pickleball Advisory Staff
April 4, 2018
Selkirk Sport, manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, announced the re-signing of Pickleball six-time National Champion Enrique Ruiz to the Team Selkirk Advisory Staff.
Ruiz, who resides in Portland, OR and has served as an ambassador for Selkirk Sport since 2014, is one of professional Pickleball’s most accomplished players and the first - ever Pickleball player to have a signature series paddle, the Enrique Ruiz Signature Epic Graphite – 2015. Complementing his continued role with Team Selkirk, the company has introduced the Enrique Ruiz Signature Series AMPED paddle as part of the new AMPED Series paddle line. The AMPED Series promotes increased power, better ball control and a larger sweetspot, which helps to maximize performance for players of all levels. The proprietary FiberFlex Fiberglass face and X5 Polypropylene core technology offer enhanced performance capabilities for advanced Pickleball players.
Known as “El Condor” for his amazing ability to switch hands, and for his long wingspan which allows him to cover a lot of space on the Pickleball court, Ruiz is a six-time National Open Champion; a national Gold Medalist in Singles, Men’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles competitions and a three-time Gold Medalist in the prestigious Pickleball Tournament of Champions.
“Enrique Ruiz is a true ambassador for the sport of Pickleball and one the game’s all-time great players,” said Rob Barnes, product manager, Selkirk Sport. “Enrique was one of our original Team Selkirk members and we created our popular Signature Series paddle program based on his popularity and success. Today, that program stands out in the industry and we thank Enrique for being a voice and a pioneer for the game, and for Selkirk Sport.”
As a member of Team Selkirk, Ruiz is part of stable players who travel throughout North America competing on the professional circuit, while promoting the sport, which now boasts over 2.8 million players. Today, there are approximately 5,000 Pickleball venues and an estimated 15,000 courts covering every U.S. state and all Canadian provinces.
As the sport continues to gain popularity, many school districts in the U.S. are introducing Pickleball in grade school, junior high school and high school as part of physical education classes. The sport of Pickleball now stands alongside tennis as a recreational activity at sports and fitness clubs and at a collection of leading resorts throughout North America.
Pickleball has also exploded as a professional sport, with local, regional and national tournaments taking place annually for men and women of all ages, including junior divisions, senior divisions and open divisions for the game’s elite players.
Barnes added, “Pickleball today is as popular as ever and as the sport continues to grow, the equipment market will continue to evolve. As the paddle remains the engine of the game, Selkirk maintains an unwavering commitment to product innovation, for both the game’s elite players, like Enrique Ruiz, as well as for everyday recreational players.”
For more information on Selkirk Pickleball paddles and accessories, as well as the Team Selkirk stable of Professional Pickleball Ambassadors, visit www.selkirk.com
Selkirk Sport, a manufacturer of pickleball paddles and accessories, has signed former Wimbledon doubles champion JoAnne Russell to its Professional Pickleball Advisory Staﬀ. In her 13 - year pro tennis career, Russell reached a singles ranking of No. 22 in 1983 and won two WTA tour events in 1984. As a doubles player, she won four WTA titles, including the 1977 Wimbledon doubles championship, teaming with Helen Gourlay Cawley to beat Chris Evert and Rosie Casals in the ﬁrst round, and then upsetting top-ranked Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove in the ﬁnal. Today, Russell, from Naples, Fla., is a tennis and pickleball instructor, in addition to competing on the pro pickleball tour. Last April, she and partner Gee Gee Garvin won a doubles gold medal at the 2017 US Open Pickleball Championships.
Ty McGuffin, Christian Win Pickleball Tournament in California
April 2, 2018
HAYDEN, Idaho – Selkirk Sport, a leading manufacturer of high performance Pickleball paddles announced that Team Selkir k members, Ty McGuffin - the defending National Champion - and professional tennis player Kaitlyn Christian - who acted as Emma Stone's tennis double in the film “Battle of the Sexes” - both captured victories at The Lakes Spring Fling Pickleball Tournament at the Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, CA.
McGuffin, the top-ranked player in the world captured the men’s singles 5.0 Division, while Christian, a newcomer to the professional Pickleball circuit captured the women’s singles 5.0 division. Both players were equipped Selkirk Sport’s innovative AMPED Series Pickleball Paddles, which are currently used by many top professional players around the world. Each respective model features Selkirk Sports’ proprietary FiberFlex Fiberglass face and X5 Polypropylene core technology, offering enhanced performance capabilities for today’s professional and advanced Pickleball players.
“Team Selkirk tournament victories validate the performance attributes of our new and innovative AMPED Series paddle line,” said Rob Barnes, Product Manager, Selkirk Sport. “Since capturing his first National Championship Ty has been playing at such a high level and to complement his outstanding performance, Kaitlyn has been making incredible strides as a top-level newcomer to Pickleball.”
In addition to the multi - victory weekend, Team Selkirk member/coach Morgan Evans, the Director of Pickleball and a Tennis Professional at Shadow Mountain Resort in Palm Desert, CA., enjoyed another victory from the sideline, serving as McGuffin’s coach. On the court, Evans finished in 3rd place in the Men’s Doubles 5.0 Division alongside partner Marcin Rozpedski.
For more information, visit www.selkirk.com
Selkirk Sport, a leading manufacturer of high performance Pickleball paddles today announced that Team Selkirk members, Ty McGuffin — the defending National Champion — and professional tennis player Kaitlyn Christian — who acted as Emma Stone's tennis double in the film “Battle of the Sexes” — both captured victories at The Lakes Spring Fling Pickleball Tournament from 3/23 – 3/25 at the Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
On the heels of signing 2017 USAPA National Champion, Ty McGuffin, Selkirk Sport, a leading manufacturer of Pickleball paddles and accessories, today announced the signing of former Wimbledon Doubles Champion, JoAnne Russell, to its Team Selkirk Professional Pickleball Advisory Staff.
Speaking of endorsements: “As the sport of Pickleball continues its rise as the fastest growing recreational sport in North America, the professional game is gaining momentum as prize money and prestige for the best players in the world continues to increase. Today, Selkirk Sport, a leading manufacturer of high-performance Pickleball paddles and accessories, announced the signing of 2017 USAPA National Champion, Ty McGuffin, to the largest endorsement contract ever in Professional Pickleball.”
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