Originally from Moscow, Irina Tereschenko remains today one of the most fun-loving and talented players on the professional pickleball circuit. After first picking up a paddle just a few short years ago in Bellevue, Washington, she felt right at home on the pickleball court. Her early time on the court was playing with Hall-of-Famer Billy Jacobsen and pickleball legend Chris Miller who helped shape Tereschenko’s game in its early stages. Miller, a former national men’s singles champion has been playing the sport for nearly 30 years and currently works at the Bobby Riggs Tennis Club in Encinitas.
Away from the pickleball court, Tereschenko is involved in coaching tennis, academic research in areas of sport management, coaching and sport psychology, as well as being active with other sports such as surfing, snowboarding, water skiing and kiteboarding. The playing of the sport’s national championships at Indian Wells Indian has her excited about the future of the sport: “Indian Wells Tennis Garden is a world-class facility and home of one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world. Staging the Nationals there is certainly a privilege for the sport of pickleball. It provides a unique player and fan experience and the event has gained an incredible level of notoriety and increased media exposure.”
Always one of the more personable players in pickleball, an Irina Tereschenko match is one to watch at the 2021 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships.