Meet The Pros – Devin Shoquist
Pickleball put a smile on Devin Shoquist's face from day one. If you are in the neighborhood, Pickleball Station in Kent, WA, you may just catch his smile. Enjoy!
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
2018 Pickleball Station Pre-Nationals Tournament, Mixed Doubles with Lynn Syler – Gold
2018 Blue Hole Bash in Sequim, WA, Mixed Doubles with Lynn Syler – Gold
2017 So Cal Men’s Doubles with Rob Davidson Age – Gold
2016 Oregon State Games, Mixed Doubles with Camille Schermerhorn– Gold
2016 International Indoor Championship, 4.5 Mixed Doubles with Shonda Schallenberger - Gold
What paddle do you play with and why?
I play with the Selkirk Amped Maxima. I like the reach and feel of the paddle and it gives me the ability to create top spin on my shots.
What is your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I played tennis in high school. I’ve played other racket and paddle sports, including ping pong. Fast forward to 7 years ago, I saw pickleball being played at the local YMCA. I talked to a couple of guys about it and found out how many folks were playing. I just stepped into the action one day and haven’t looked back. I started competing 3 years ago.
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I like them both. I like singles because it's a challenge and I am the only one responsible for the results.
What is your favorite place to play? Why?
I enjoy playing at Sehmel Park, Gig Harbor, WA and Pickleball Station in Kent, WA.
What is your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
My secret sauce is Hammer Gel, espresso flavor, and my tip for players is to do everything you can to keep the ball in play.
What is your day job?
I am a psychiatrist.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I play 12-15 hours a week, 3-4 times a week. I make time to play because I find the game to be good exercise and great stress relief.
Do you have any pickleball goals you would like to share?
As a 35+ and 50+ player, I hope to win gold at one of the National Tournaments.
Anything else you would like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
Pickleball has been an excellent way to have fun and meet new people.