Meet The Pros – Christina Dorman
Christina Dorman is an all-around PRO in our eyes: she balances the rigor of pickleball training with homeschooling. We love her story. Enjoy!
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
2017 Cedar Park Tournament of Champions Mixed Doubles Open – Silver
2016 Doubles Pickleball Tournament Monty Ballard YMCA @ Cinco Ranch Mixed Open – Gold
2016 Cedar Park Pickleball Championships Women’s Doubles Open – Gold
2015 Mid-South Regional Open Women’s Singles – Gold
2015 Mid-South Regional Open Women’s Doubles – Gold
2014 Mid-South Regional Open Mixed – Bronze
2014 Mid-South Regional Open Women’s Doubles – Gold
2014 Mid-South Regional Open Women’s Singles – Gold
What paddle do you play with and why?
Since the first day I held a Selkirk paddle in my hand, I have loved this brand of paddle, well before I was sponsored by Selkirk. The first paddle I started playing with was a 300A-XL Aluminum Honeycomb Core Graphite paddle, and I put it in the hands of everyone player I encountered. When the Morgan Evan’s Maxima 21P MXO Composite paddle was released, I found the perfect paddle for me. I am a small woman and found the extra length a definite plus. The core is exceptional for the soft game with just enough power to help me put balls away.
What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I have been an athlete all my life. I ran long distance for 20 combined years, played softball, volleyball and soccer. I was tired of running and had been looking for another outlet to satisfy my competitive nature. I drove past our local recreation center and saw a flashing sign advertising they had pickleball. At that time, I thought to myself, WHAT THE HECK IS PICKLEBALL?? I mean, I know sports, but what was this crazy thing?? So, I went in and was kindly invited to play by a sweet gentleman named Larry Honeycutt. I was instantly hooked and I’ve been playing ever since.
What’s your preference, playing indoor or outdoor?
Last year I would have said indoor, but we have switched to an outdoor venue this year and I absolutely love it. The elements add a certain degree of difficulty that I really like.
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I prefer to play doubles because of the strategy and team chemistry.
What’s your favorite place to play? Why?
My favorite place to play is my home court. My husband and I play with a wonderful group of friends at the Rio Vista Tennis Courts in San Marcos, TX. The area is surrounded by beautiful pecan trees and the best part is the river that runs right next to it. We jump in after playing to cool off and heal up our sore muscles. It is a true blessing.
What’s your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
Don’t really have a secret sauce. My tip for players would be to play your own strengths. Some people play hard ball, some people are soft dinkers, some people are excellent at strategy, Yes, it’s best to have a well-rounded game, but I encourage you to be happy with your strengths and use them wisely.
What’s your day job?
I have been a homeschooling mom for the past 11 years.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I play a minimum of 9 hours a week, but try to get closer to 12. My schedule is very flexible, so I can get in plenty of play time.
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
No lucky rituals. I do mentally remind myself to play with confidence before each match.
Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?
My goal is to be able to travel a bit more to get to more of the major tournaments.
Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
Pickleball has given me a wonderful opportunity to compete on a very high level athletically. It’s something that has changed my life completely and I am forever grateful.