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Who Are the Top Pickleball Players? Find out Here

Pickleball has seen tremendous growth over recent years! What was once just a rec sport played for fun has grown into a professional sport that pays top players to be on professional tours and hands out prize money for tournament wins.

While pickleball continues to be a great sport for all ages and levels, some players have risen to the top. As the sport has grown, so have the ways that pickleball players are rated or ranked (which we will discuss at the end of this article).

When ranking the best pickleball players in the United States, we considered the following:

  • Professional tournament gold medals
  • DUPR rating
  • MLP wins
  • Online or off-court appeal
  • Have an endorsement deal or two

Following are our picks for the Top 10 pickleball players in both men’s and women’s in 2023:

Top Men Pickleball Players

  • Ben Johns
  • Riley Newman
  • JW Johnson
  • Collin Johns
  • Tyson McGuffin
  • Dylan Frazier
  • Matt Wright
  • Andrei Daescu
  • James Ignatowich
  • Zane Navratil

Top Female Pickleball Players

While Anna Leigh Waters is the best female pickleball player, and the other top 3 women’s players are pretty consistent, it becomes anyone’s game after that.

  • Anna Leigh Waters
  • Catherine Parenteau
  • Anna Bright
  • Lea Jansen
  • Paris Todd
  • Callie Smith
  • Lucy Kovalova
  • Vivienne David
  • Jesse Irvine
  • Etta Wright

Top 10 Pickleball Players According to DUPR (June 2023)

Men’s Doubles Players

  • Ben John’s
  • Riley Newman
  • JW Johnson
  • Dylan Johnson
  • Andrei Daescu
  • Matt Wright
  • Jame Ignatowich
  • Federico Staksrud
  • Tyson McGuffin
  • Travis Rettenmaier

Women’s Doubles Players

  • Anna Leigh Waters
  • Anna Bright
  • Jackie Kawamoto
  • Catherine Parenteau
  • Leigh Waters
  • Vivienne David
  • Paris Todd
  • Callie Smith
  • Jade Kawamoto
  • Lea Jansen

Top 10 Pickleball Players According to the PPA (June 2023)

These players have received multiple PPA titles.

Men’s Doubles Players 

  • Collin Johns
  • Ben Johns
  • Reily Newman
  • Matt Wright
  • Dylan Frazier
  • JW Johnson
  • Jay Devilliers
  • Tyler Loong
  • Tyson McGuffin
  • Callan Dawson

Women’s Doubles Players

  • Anna Leigh Waters
  • Anna Bright
  • Catherine Parenteau
  • Lea Jansen
  • Callie Smith
  • Lucy Kovalova
  • Jesse Irvine
  • Allyce Jones
  • Meghan Sheehan-Dizon
  • Vivienne David

The World’s Best Pickleball Players

Mixed doubles partners Ben Johns and Anna Leigh Waters are, by far, the best pickleball players in the world. They have both won multiple triple crowns and have large endorsement deals with major brands. They are a dominant force on the court. Off the court, Ben is the face of Joola Pickleball and Anna Leigh has many endorsement deals including Fila.

Best Players on the Rise

While doubles is traditionally the game that is played in pickleball, singles pickleball has been mastered by many, especially tennis players who are moving into pickleball. It’s been exciting to watch new singles players come on the scene. While they currently may be great at singles, it will take a little time for them to master doubles.

The following players are either starting to medal in some professional tournaments or are being talked about in the pickleball world. We believe they will continue to climb in their ranking and will be able to give the top pickleball players a run for their money in the future.

Men’s Players

  • Connor Garnett
  • Christian Alshon
  • Hunter Johnson
  • Yates Johnson
  • Pablo Tellez
  • Jake Kusmider
  • Collin Shick
  • Hayden Patriquin
  • Jaume Martinez Vich
  • Gabriel Tardio

Women’s Players

  • Jorja Johnson
  • Etta Wright
  • Lacy Schneemann
  • Tyra Hurricane Black
  • Mary Brascia
  • Yana Grechkina
  • Jade Kawamoto
  • Meghan Sheehan-Dizon
  • Lina Padegimaite
  • Bobbi Oshiro

The GOAT’s – Best Pickleball Players of All Time

Pickleball wouldn’t be where it is today without the great players who paved the way. While there have been many great players over the years, the 2 top GOATS are:

  • Simone Jardim
  • Kyle Yates

Both Simone and Kyle have played in and consistently won tournaments before there were professional tournament tours. They even continue to win in professional tournaments today. They have both paved the way and have taught other players who are benefiting from the work they have put in over the years.

Pickleball Skill Level Rating

Pickleball players are rated from 1.0 – 6.0+. Different systems rate players. When considering the best players, it is good to use a combination of these different rating systems and watch professional tournaments. Between both types of metrics, you can get a good feel for who are the top players.

  • UPTR is the official USA Pickleball rating for sanctioned tournament play
  • DUPR (Dynamic Universal Pickleball Ratings) was created a couple of years ago as an effort to bring a more accurate, unbiased, global rating system to the sport of pickleball
  • UTR is a rating system used in tennis. The APP tour uses this system to rank their players
  • MLP (Major League Pickleball) – Players are ranked on their wins/losses and points played during an MLP game.
  • PPA (Professional Pickleball Association) – Ranking points differentiate players during a PPA tournament

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Today’s Best Pickleball Players Will Change

It’s exciting to see how far pickleball has come over the past few years. More and more people are coming into the sport. The best players of today may not stay the top pickleball players for long. Even the current top player, Ben Johns, has said as much. He knows players are anxiously trying to overthrow him as the #1 player. It will be interesting to see how long he and Anna Leigh will remain on top.

Who do you think are the current top 10 players? Let us know in the comments below.

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About Teresa

Teresa is the idea-maker behind PickleballMAX. Teresa joins Todd to manage and market PickleballMAX. She creates pickleball content and assists with pickleball tournaments. In 2023, she wrote a pickleball devotional book titled Pickleball Is [Not] Life

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