Brian Ashworth has been on our radar for several months to interview for our “Meet the Pros” series, but it wasn’t until he started working for PickleballCentral that he finally responded with his answers! As a Montana native and a recent Seattle transplant, we’re lucky to have such a high-level player working for our company (and making the rest of the employees play better!).
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
- Pickleball Canada National Western Tournament Men’s Doubles Silver 2015
- Grand Canyon State Games Men’s 19+ Silver 2015
- Grand Canyon State Games Mixed 19+ Gold 2015
- Melba Bishop Men’s 19+ Bronze 2015
- Melba Bishop Mixed 19+ Gold 2015
- Pacific Northwest Classic Men’s 19+ Bronze 2015
- Grand Canyon State Games Men’s 19+ Silver 2014
- Grand Canyon State Games Mixed 19+ Gold 2014
- Melba Bishop Men’s 19+ Gold 2014
- Pacific Northwest Classic Men’s 19+ Gold 2014
- Melba Bishop Men’s 19+ Bronze 2013
- I play with the Legacy. I like the feel and have my confidence in it.
What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
- At the YMCA in Billings, Montana after doing a bootcamp class, my friend Jasey invited me to try it. It was love at first sight.
What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?
- I like playing outdoor more for sure. I have a better feel for the ball, plus there’s fresh air and sunshine.
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
- I like doubles more. I like the mental aspect, like setting up your partner and vice versa. My favorite players to play against are Chris Miller, Scott Moore, Wes Gabrielsen and Tim Nelson.
What’s your favorite place to play? Why?
- So far, I love to play anywhere in Utah although I hear Bend, Oregon is beautiful.
What’s your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
- Have fun, be confident, find good partners and practice safe shots. You should also learn from your losses and ref some matches.
What’s your day job?
- I work in the warehouse at PickleballCentral.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
- I play 6 to 10 hours per week. I basically play whenever I’m not at work, so nights and weekends.
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
- No, I don’t have any.
Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?
- I want to win a medal at the USAPA National Tournament or at the Tournament of Champions.
Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
- It’s hard work, but somebody has to do it. 🙂