Meet The Pros: Peter Hudachko
Brian Ashworth said that Peter is the 'real deal!' Enjoy!
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
2016 Canadian Pickleball National Tournament Bronze w/Larry Moon
2016 Bend Tournament Silver w/Brian Ashworth
2015 Tournament of Champions Bronze w/Jay Juergens
2015 Ogden Anniversary Tournament Gold w/Matt Dimock
2015 & 2016 Utah Davis Cup Champion (CENTRAL)
What paddle do you play with and why?
Paddletek Tempest Wave. It just felt right the first time I used it.
What’s your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I was introduced to pickleball by my dad, who had played for a year before I took him up on his offer to come play. At the time I was still recovering from a decade-long battle with drug addiction. Pickleball has not only filled my time, but it allowed me to make some of the greatest friends I've ever had. Pickleball played a huge roll in me getting my life back.
What’s your preference – playing indoors or outdoors?
Outdoors for sure!! Nothing like being outdoors!
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
Doubles. I need a partner to clean up my mistakes after I make them. Singles, I'm on my own! Left-handed singles is a close second to doubles though.
What’s your favorite place to play? Why?
Mt. Ogden Park in Ogden Utah. No prettier backdrop in pickleball.
What’s your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
I wish I had a secret sauce. I just try to stay as patient as possible and wait for the other team to make a mistake.
What’s your day job?
I work in Produce for Kroger.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I used to play 5 or 6 times a week while living in Utah. Now that I reside in Seattle, I'm usually playing once or twice a week.
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
I like a Smoothie from Jay and Dana Juergens... they have some special love they put into it!!
Do you have any pickleball goals you’d like to share?
My biggest pickleball goal would be to beat Larry Moon in a tournament! He's got my number. He's only getting older though, so I feel my chances are increasing!
Anything else you’d like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
Invite that person who is hovering around the courts, wondering what game you’re playing, to come play. Include everyone in this game, and never take it too seriously!