In addition to social pickleball, there also is a much more intense and competitive level of pickleball played by serious participants, including our Sports Director at The Lakes, Marcin Rozpedski.

Originally from Poland, Marcin had a successful career as a professional tennis player until illness (malaria) forced him to retire. He began teaching tennis at several clubs in the Palm Desert area, and College of the Desert, and served as hitting partner for professional tennis players Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka.

Marcin began playing pickleball several years ago, and has been an outstanding performer in singles and doubles competitions in the open or pro division. Among his many accomplishments are:
First Place in Singles, Nationals, November, 2015
First Place in Singles, US Open, May, 2016
First Place in Singles, Tournament of Champions, September, 2016
First Place in Singles, Nationals, November 2016
The Lakes Spring Fling, Second Place in Singles, March, 2017
First Place in Doubles, Tournament of Champions, September, 2017
Served as North American Captain for the Bainbridge Cup International Competition in Madrid, Spain, September 2017

Marcin's Singles matches record is 74 wins and one loss. In 2018, Marcin will compete in the following tournaments:
Spring Fling, March, The Lakes in Palm Desert
US Open, April in Florida
SoCal, June in Encinitas CA
Tournament of Champions, September, in Ogden, UT
Nationals, November, in Indian Wells, CA