We believe everyone will agree, 2020 was a crazy year for our wonderful sport. Many tournaments were cancelled. Public pickleball courts were closed and padlocked. A challenging year indeed. But in spite of it all, players still creatively found ways to safely and effectively play, and new players found pickleball in record numbers.
This year we are recognizing a team and an individual who throughout the year brought joy to those around them both on and off the courts. Are they great players? Yes indeed. But a lot of great players received votes throughout the year.
This year’s Player Of The Year recipients stood out for those “extra” things that make the sport of pickleball so special.
Our first award winner burst on the pickleball scene only three years ago. But this brother and sister duo have quickly captured the hearts of people nationwide. Their mixed doubles style of teamwork is fun to watch, and has put them on the medal stands in virtually every tournament they’ve entered.
Both Lindsey and Riley have quickly become famous for their two handed strokes, both for drives and dinks and even blocking. We see this style is now being tried by even some of the top pros as an effective way to control the ball during a point.
The final point that really put Team Newman on our medal stand was the fact that in 2020, we saw them playing, not only on the biggest pickleball stages, but in all parts of the country and all sizes of tournaments. They are always great examples of fantastic teamwork, but more importantly, class and good sportsmanship. This support for our great sport during a truly trying year, meant a lot in our book as well as the many people who sent in their votes and feedback.
So our team wants to personally thank Riley and Lindsey Newman for being beacons for pickleball.
Help us congratulate them as 2020 Pickleball Rocks Players Of The Year.