Meet the Pros: Jack Munro

Meet the Pros – one of youngest players at US Open Jack Munro

Jack Munro medals

Jack Munro – Gold Medal at 2015 USAPA Nationals

Jack Munro is one of the two youngest players who competed at the US Open Pickleball Championship. Many of the top players in Pickleball know Jack Munro, aka. “Jr. Mint” and are always great with him!  Enjoy some of his story!

Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?

2016 US Open Pickleball Competition Mixed Doubles with his Mom Nichole Munro – participant
2016 Tustin Winter Classic with Brett Butcher Men’s Doubles 4.5 – Gold
2015 USAPA Nationals VII Junior Men’s Singles 11-14 – Gold
2015 Summer Grand Prix at Bobby Riggs – 4.5 Men’s Doubles with his Dad Jason – Gold
2015 California State Games – 4.0 Mixed with Sue Smith – Silver
2015 California State Games – Men’s Singles – Silver
2015 So Cal Summer Classic – Mixed 4.0 with his mom, Nichole Munro – Bronze
2015 So Cal Summer Classic – Men’s 4.0 Doubles with Ryan Kaltman – Gold

What paddle do you play with and why?

I play with the Engage Encore because I can put more spin on it and I have more control over the ball with it! 

What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?

My dad plays tennis and pickleball. I played baseball until I hurt my shoulder in 2014 and couldn’t play the game anymore.  I couldn’t play tennis so I started playing pickleball with my dad, and the rest is history.

What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?

I prefer playing outdoors because indoors has bad lighting. I like playing the wind. 

Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?

Jack Munro doubles

Jack Munro AKA “Jr. Mint”

I like BOTH- mostly doubles though- I like having a partner to keep me positive. 

What’s your favorite place to play? Why?

My favorite place to play is in Simi Valley at Lemon Park. They have wind screens, lights and courts that are even. 

What’s your secret sauce? Any tips for players?

My secret sauce are spin third shots and spin dinks as well as a 2 handed backhand. I also play right and left handed! 

What’s your day job?

My day job is going to school and playing pickleball! 

How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?

I play at least 14 hours a week and in the summer it will be more.  I complete my homework first then I go out for 3 hours Tuesday and Wednesday and then the weekends I play from 7 am-Noon.

Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?

My lucky ritual is wearing different colored socks when I play as well Neon shirt and shorts! 

Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?

I would like to win a 5.0 event.

Jack Munro in action1

Jack Munro’s 2-handed backhand

Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?

Practice, Practice, Practice and smart shot selections! My mom and dad taught me to do 30 cross-court dinks as a start to learning, then moving to the backhand. Now I can do 100 cross court dinks because I have practiced so much! Having a 2-handed backhand (on the left side) and being able to play both right and left handed! When I make a great shot selection or hit a winner….. I say…..” I LOVE THIS GAME”!!!!!! 

 

25 thoughts on “Meet the Pros: Jack Munro

  1. Congratulations Jack, your a pro! Not only are you a great player on the courts, your an amazing person off of them as well. I cant wait to see you go all the way to the top! I lob you buddy.

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  2. I watched this young man at the Cal State Games play in the First Round of The Men’s Open Doubles Event. I saw him just play with sportsmanship whether he was winning or losing while one of his opponents refused to paddle up with him after each game. Kudos to him while some adults could learn from his behavior. Well Done, Young Man!

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  3. Who’s the funny looking guy playing doubles with him? Is that his grandpa? Way to go jack! I always have fun getting my butt kicked by you!

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  4. Nice article on a great young player and even better person. Way to go Jack!

    PS–Rafi, I think his dad’s name is Jared, or maybe Justin?

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  5. Nice article on a really nice kid. He plays way beyond his years. He is as nice off the court as he is on. His doubles partner in the pic looks like he can bust it out too !! Can someone teach his mom how to leave a comment

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  6. I am so grateful to those of you that have sent me emails with wonderful comments! I apologize that the comments some of you are trying to post are not going through. I know I have tried 2 times before this and only one posted. Of course the one, that says “How do I post” went through and the other one didn’t. I hope this one posts! Again, thank you for your support with Jack being on the court every time he stepped/steps out there! Thank you again to those of you whom tried to leave a comment and somehow are not getting posted.

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  7. What a pleasure to know and play with this talented and well behaved young man. He is a super role model for all young people in any sport. Kudos to Nicole and Jason ! This is a family of champions!!

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    • I tried one way before and it didn’t post. Then I tried to post “how do I” and it worked. Go figure. Anyways, other have tried to post and it’s not showing. Thank you Anna for helping with instructions on how to reply and post. Hope they start posting. Thank you again.

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  8. Great job Jack. I have had the pleasure to play with him and he is great player…very even keeled, tries for everything and plays hard. Keep up the good work..Mom and Dad and Jack. Good luck, Gayle Hensley

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  9. Who doesn’t love this kid!! He is a pleasure on and off the court. I look forward to watching his game develop, and pushing the limits of what can be done with a Pickleball. Go jack!!
    P.S I always forget, what is your dads name?

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  10. Super nice article on a super nice kid. Very accomplished player is such a short time. I also think it’s really nice that he gets to play doubles w his dad and Ma Ma. What’s amazing is that he’s only 12 years old and if he sticks with it, he is only going to get better. I like the matching outfits that he and his double partner are wearing. They both look sharp !! I look forward to more articles on this kid. P.S. I think I could lob him……Curly

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  11. Jack…I’m watchin you! (but you keep giving me the “no-look” passing shot and making me look bad.) Is that what you want, people not to trust you?! Doug G

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  12. Jack is an amazing kid that comes from a great family. Very humble and soft spoken but a beast on the court. He just won gold in the men’s 4.5 with his father Jason at the California State Games. Watch out Pickleball world it won’t be long until he is winning in the open division! Way to go Jack!

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  13. Such a great kid doing super in Pickleball!! Jack’s success should inspire hundreds of other kids who either get injured or can’t play other sports! My only hope is that Pickleball catches on in schools and parks everywhere; great exercise, quick and tons of fun!!

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  14. Thank you Eliza for such a great article! Thank you to all the players out there that are so supportive of him. It truly takes a village to raise a boy with proper etiquette on a court and to always have good sportsmanship! Thank you so much!

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  15. That is a great bio. I saw Jack and his mother play at Melba Bishop in 2015. He and his mother were fun to watch, great court demeanor, and great humor. A very positive young man. Paula

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