Chris Miller is a Pacific Northwest original – a pickleball pro who takes this game to a whole new level. You can see that he is well known in the pickleball community because of his SERIOUS list of wins! Enjoy!
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
2010 Singles National Champion CHRIS MILLER GOLD
2011 Singles Nationals Open Mills SILVER
2009 Singles Nationals Open Mills SILVER
Open Men’s Doubles Skill Groups 5.0: Doubles Partner: Medal:
2014 Nationals Open: Matt Staub SILVER
2014 Nationals 35+ Matthew Blom SILVER
2014 Grand Canyon State Games: Steve Wong GOLD
2014 (May) SeaTac: Lavon Major GOLD
2014 Southern Utah Pickleball Shootout: Randy (Bubba) Zbinden GOLD
2014 Brigham City Memorial Tournament: Wesley Gabrielsen GOLD
2014 SoCal Summer Classic Melba Bishop: Wesley Gabrielsen GOLD
2014 SoCal Summer Classic Melba Bishop 19+ Brian Ashworth GOLD
2014 State Games of Oregon: Glenn Griffin GOLD
2014 Tournament of Champions: Lavon Major BRONZE
2014 Pickle Barrel Classic: Brian Ashworth GOLD
2013 Pickle Barrel Classic: Billy Jacobsen GOLD
2013 (May) SeaTac: Lavon Major GOLD
2013 & 2012 Nationals Mixed 35+ Jenifer Lucore GOLD
2012, 2013, 2014, Grand Canyon State Games: Steve Wong GOLD
2013 & 2015 Grand Canyon State Games Mixed: Jenifer Lucore GOLD
What paddle do you play with and why?
I Play with mostly only Champion & Legacy Paddles from PICKLEBALL INC. They have the right combination of touch and power that I need…..and looking forward to the new Elite paddle coming out soon which really has a great combo of the two! I have one of my old school Pro-lite paddles that I still love for my singles! And I like to hit around with the Evoke tear drop! These paddles just feel good in your hands!
What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I learned to play indoors with the outdoor ball in High school, and then got really serious about playing pickleball at Green River C.C. I would skip classes and play for hours! Sometimes before dark my dog “PICKLES” and I world just practice my serves and he’d go chase the balls and run them back to me! Then I started playing in USAPA tournaments, was introduced to playing with the Cosom ball, and re-trained my game for more touch! I left the game in the mid-90’s and started playing again in 2008. Then, I entered my first National tournament!
What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?
I prefer Outdoors first, and with no wind…………………. Oh wait, I love indoors!
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I really like playing singles the best……with the “Two men enter, One man leaves” mentality. There’s something about hitting passing shots for the win that is second to nothing. Doubles is a close second, playing a lot more of it. The best thing about doubles is getting to share a tournament gold with my partner! Priceless!
What’s your favorite place to play? Why?
My favorite place to play might have to be the Scootie Brown Park outdoor court here in Auburn, Washington. I usually meet up with Billy Jacobsen there, practicing singles and drilling. It’s not a bad court, never too much wind. Out of state, Utah has some nice courts and of course, the Villages in Orlando! There are not many courts to choose from in Washington State. Such a shame, considering it was folks in Washington State who invented the game!
What’s your ”secret sauce”? Any tips for players?
Secret Sauce?? Scream!! My tips?? PUSH YOURSELF & DTRT (Do The Right Thing)
What’s your day job?
I am a PE and Health Substitute Teacher.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
Right now I’m playing about 10 hours a week….. I want to play more and take advantage of this great weather we’ve been having. I just try to make time whenever I can…..sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.
Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?
I would like to improve one more spot up from our Men’s Doubles at Nationals with Matt Staub again this year; also looking forward to playing with Glenn Griffin at Tournament Of Champions.
Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
Being involved with pickleball for me has been some of my best life experiences.
My favorite part of playing pickleball would be the traveling for tournaments and experiencing new places, new players and new friends! My advice would be to anyone who was thinking about playing pickleball, you should definitely start now.
Thank you, Chris, for sharing some of your pickleball story and good luck at your next tournament!