Players to Watch – Tyson McGuffin
As a top-ranked Pickleball player in the world, SelkirkPro Tyson McGuffin, 29, is currently one of Professional Pickleball’s most accomplished and recognizable players. Not only is he a four-time Grand Slam Gold Medalist in Men’s Open Singles and 4x National Champion, but he also recently won his first Grand Slam in Men’s Open Doubles at the 2018 Tournament of Champions. A former 5.5 ranked Tennis player turned Pickleball star, Tyson is currently competing across the professional Pickleball Tour and playing in events sanctioned by the USAPA.
Tyson McGuffin, the reigning National Champion in Men’s Pro Singles grew up in Lake Chelan, Washington, and has always been a natural athlete. He comes from a family passionate about wrestling, and his father was his high school wrestling coach. Even though wrestling was his main sport throughout his early life and high school years, he later found that he enjoyed tennis, and played competitively at his junior college. In fact, he was so taken by tennis that he even passed up a wrestling scholarship.
It was when McGuffin became a tennis instructor that eventually led to his Pickleball introduction at a local YMCA. Though he initially struggled with the fast-paced game, he utilized his tennis skills into becoming a competitive and successful Pickleball player. McGuffin took to the sport quickly, and turned pro within just 6 months of playing. His success in the sport was immediate, he played his first USAPA Nationals tournament winning Silver in Men’s Open Singles in his 1st year of turning pro. Today, he is the #1 ranked Singles player, #2 ranked Mixed Doubles player and #3 ranked Men’s Doubles player, according to the World Pickleball Federation, and is actively competing across the professional Pickleball circuit. When he isn’t playing in tournaments, you can find McGuffin serving as an IPTPA and PPR certified instructor for LevelUp Pickleball Camps.