Meet The Pros – Lucy Kitcher
Lucy Kitcher, originally from England, loves pickleball and she loves the people she meets wherever she plays. She is GAMMA’s first pickleball pro! Enjoy!
Can you list for us your recent wins so we can correctly introduce you?
2018 Great Lakes Regional, Mixed Doubles 5.0 with Ernesto Fajardo – Silver and
Women’s Doubles 5.0 with Bobbie Phoumy – Silver
2018 Gamma Pickleball Classic, Pro Women’s Doubles with Bobbie Phoumy and
Women’s Singles Open Pro – Silver
2018 SoCal Summer Classic, Mixed Doubles age with Tao Thongvanh – Gold
2018 Minto US Open, Mixed Doubles age with Ty Petty – Gold and
Women’s Doubles age with Mary Helen Atkins, Gold
What paddle do you play with and why?
Gamma Mirage – it has great touch so I can dink with accuracy and the Gamma Needle.
What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
About three years ago I was taking my daughter, Rebecca, to soccer practice at Bamford Park in Davie, Florida. A friend posted on Facebook to try pickleball. As luck would have it, pickleball courts were at the same park where my daughter was practicing. I dropped her off at practice and hunted around for the courts. The people at the park were so friendly, they gave me a paddle and allowed me to join in. One game and I was hooked! After that, I went to play pickleball three times a week when I took Rebecca to soccer practice. It wasn’t long before I was playing pickleball even on the days she didn’t have soccer practice!
What’s your preference – playing indoor or outdoor?
I usually only play outdoors.
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
Doubles!! I never played tennis and singles is more like tennis. Doubles is more about strategy and shot choice and placement.
What’s your favorite place to play? Why?
After this weekend my new favorite is Chicken n Pickle. There are outdoor courts which are covered so you can play even in the rain. There is also a restaurant right at the courts. My local courts are at Bamford Park in Davie, Florida.
What’s your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
Slowing down the game. Especially when playing against players who love to hit the ball hard.
What’s your day job?
Pickleball. I run tournaments and trips through my company Zero Zero Stay. I also attend lots of tournaments!
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I currently play about five days a week. I was playing every day but decided to try some other exercise such as Zumba and Pilates to keep me in shape.