Paddle: Response Pro Paddle
Birthday: November 7, 1979
College: CSU Fresno
She is one of the most recognizable names in the world of pickleball and like most of pickleball’s elite players, Simone Jardim’s ascent in the sport began on the tennis courts. Jardim moved to the United States at the age of 18 and quickly made a name for herself in the sport of tennis. She spent two years at Auburn before transferring to Fresno State where she was a two-time All American. At one point for the Bulldogs, Jardim and her doubles partner, Kim Niggemeyer were ranked number one in the country.
After graduation, Jardim coached college tennis at Fresno State, College of William and Mary and then in the Big Ten for Michigan State, where she coached the Spartans for eight years. She was first introduced to pickleball in January of 2015 and made the move to Naples, FL. August of 2016 to start her Pickleball coaching and playing career and most importantly spend more time with family. “When I started playing pickleball it was really about getting a good workout as I enjoyed playing singles a lot, but soon it became about the friends I made and how much fun we had playing on Wednesday nights.”
She currently resides in Naples, Florida where along with husband, Chad Edwards they run Peak Performance Pickleball Academy. Simone and her husband Chad Edwards are the proud parents of two children, Alexas, and Landon.
Simone is also one of the sport’s most decorated players having won over 90 overall medals in tournament action, over 70 of them being gold.
“It was very addicting and one of my favorite things to do,” recalls Jardim. “After playing a couple of tournaments I realized that this was more than a hobby and that the sport would pick up a lot of former athletes and growth would be inevitable.”
As with most pickleball enthusiasts, Jardim is excited about the growth of the sport and sees its potential to expand around the world. “I believe that for pickleball to become an Olympic sport it would have to grow in Asia. For now, I’m just hoping we continue to see more prize money in professional events which will attract more talent, creating a bigger platform for pickleball. The more exposure we get the faster the growth.”
Simone Jardim has many fans around the world who can now catch her highlights on YouTube.
What do you do outside of pickleball??
I also love to swim with my kids and dogs.
How did you start playing pickleball??
I started playing pickleball in Michigan. Dan O’Toole came over to MSU and got me to come play with a group at the MAC. That’s when I met Corrine Carr and Joey Farias.
Who are your sponsors?
Prince and Jigsaw Health
Do you teach pickleball? If so, where?
I teach at Peak Performance Pickleball Academy
What other sports do you play, or have played?
Tennis, soccer, volleyball and handball.
Do you have any pre-match / post-match rituals / superstitions?
I like to warm up well and make sure I’m ready to go before every match.