One of the up-and-coming junior players in the sport of pickleball is 14-year old Wyatt Stone. In the span of just one year, the talented right-hander has won 19 medals in only 11 tournaments. He’s an all-around athlete playing sports like lacrosse, baseball, basketball and football, but all have now taken a back seat to his newest passion.” I can pickleball every day and it is highly competitive,” said Wyatt, who is home-schooled and in eighth grade. “I can compete year-round and in a short amount of time have made friends all over the world. I knew this was a sport I can be involved in for the rest of my life.”
Involved is what Wyatt loves to be with pickleball. This past summer, the energetic youngster assisted with pickleball camps near his hometown of New Braunfels, Texas and he also runs free clinics and open play for juniors. While Wyatt will be experiencing his very first National Championships at Indian Wells, he already feels his activities in the sport are already paying off. “My biggest win so far is the number of kids I have introduced to pickleball and who are quickly becoming as dedicated to the sport as I am.”
Always looking to improve his play on the court, Wyatt is coached by Matt Laz and also credits Christina and Walter Dorman with his improved court strategy and skill sets.
With an eye towards the future, he’s looking to enroll in a college to earn a business degree and, of course, play pickleball. “I’d love to go to Texas A&M University.” The Aggies campus will host the MidSouth Regionals in 2020.
Beyond that, Wyatt has his sights set on the Olympics and would love to represent the USA. “I think pickleball is on the verge of going mainstream on sports media and in schools from elementary to college.”
With news that he will be competing at the 2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, Wyatt, smiling broadly said, “I am on Cloud Nine!”