Meet the Pros: Rosi Pietromonaco
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
I've had major wins at the USAPA Nationals, the Huntsman Senior Games and many state tournaments.
I use the Engage Blade pickleball paddle right now. I like using it to play singles. I've also played with the Encore Composite and the Paddletek Element.
What's your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I saw pickleball for the first time in 2000 when I moved to The Villages. Of course, I wanted to learn the game right away. I fell in love with it and started competing in 2003. The Florida State Senior Games allowed pickleball as a sport for the first time.
What's your preference - playing indoor or outdoor?
I play mostly outdoors and I prefer it. Indoors is okay if the lighting is good.
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I enjoy playing singles, because if I have an off day I only disappoint myself. I don't like to let my partners down.
What's your favorite place to play? Why?
I enjoyed my experience playing in Casa Grande, Arizona and thought the way they've organized their four center courts is great for the spectators.
What's your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
I try to watch my opponents play if possible to see their weaknesses and movement capability. I also focus on my main shots: the deep serve, deep return and the drop shot. After that, I just try to keep it away from their forehand and hit down to their feet.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I play every day, sometimes twice a day.
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
We practice dinking and drop shots a lot.
Anything else you'd like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
I feel the most important part of playing is to enjoy it, and if you're competitive, the rest falls into place. I try to have fun. I never get angry if something goes wrong. I just laugh it off and move on to try not to make that mistake again. I always keep it positive for my partner too, and frequently compliment them.