Meet The Pros – Leigh Waters
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
2019 Minto US Open Mixed Doubles Age with Dave Weinbach – GOLD
2019 Tournament of Champions, Women’s Doubles Open Pro with Anna Leigh Waters – GOLD
2019 Chicago Pickleball Open, Mixed Pro Doubles with Dave Weinbach – SILVER
Women’s PRO Doubles with Anna Leigh Waters – SILVER
2018 USAPA Margaritaville Nationals, Women’s Skill/Age Doubles with Catherine Parenteau – GOLD
2018 Texas Open – Women’s Open Doubles with Anna Leigh Waters – SILVER
Women’s Singles – GOLD
What paddle do you play with and why?
I use the Paddletek Element because it has good pop while being able to maintain control, plus the head of the paddle is a bit smaller so it’s not overly cumbersome.
What is your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
My father introduced us to pickleball when we evacuated Florida from Hurricane Irma last year. We went to Pennsylvania and played for two weeks straight. We haven’t stopped since!
What is your preference – playing indoors or outdoors?
Outdoors. I prefer playing on a tennis court surface with a Dura Fast 40.
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I definitely prefer doubles. I enjoy having a partner next to me. Singles is such a physical game and it’s just you out there battling it out. It reminds me too much of my tennis days and I find dubs to be much more fun and social.
What is your favorite place to play? Why?
I love to play in South Florida with all my pickleball friends. We have multiple facilities where we play and I have the most fun when I’m with them.
What is your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
I love mixing in power shots from the kitchen. Throwing in a fast-paced shot keeps your opponent honest and wondering when you might surprise them.
What is your day job?
I’m an attorney.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I play 6-8 hours a week. I make time by taking my daughter with me. That way we are not missing family time and we get to practice together. Some nights I practice while my daughter has soccer practice. Most important to me is being with her and my family, so I always time practices around Anna Leigh’s busy schedule.
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
Not really. I’m not a superstitious person. A good meal is super important, and I like to get to the facility a day or two early to practice.
Do you have any pickleball goals you would like to share?
Personally I just want to have fun and play high-level pickleball and do this with my daughter. Obviously, everyone has goals of winning, but I think it’s something really special to be able to travel the country playing pickleball with Anna Leigh and making memories that will last a lifetime. She is always my first priority, and I just want to teach her to be a good person on and off the court. This journey wouldn’t be half as good if she wasn’t a part of it.