Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors

Chris Karges

AMBASSADOR

Chris Karges declared as a professional pickleball player in 2020 after being the mixed doubles silver medalist at the Nationals in Indian Wells, CA in 2018 and 2019 — and she only began playing pickleball in 2017!

Chris played tennis in college for the University of Kentucky from 1985-1988. Her collegiate tennis career included All-EC and All-American honors as well as having the second most wins all time at UK!

Her pickleball resume is impressive with mixed doubles bronze at the 2019 US Open, gold at the 2019 Midwest Regional Open, gold at the 2019 Atlanta Regional Open and the women’s doubles mixed gold at the 2019 Atlanta 5.0 Regional.

Chris brings her great game and personality to the PoP providing private lessons and group clinics.

She can be reached at (865) – 274– 3381 for lessons or on the Court Reserve App for scheduled clinics.

Ty Petty

AMBASSADOR

Ty Petty in his youth was in the Top 10 in the USA in ping pong! He brings that amazing strategy and hand-eye coordination to his championship pickleball career. Ty is an ITPTA Certified Level II instructor.

His tournament championships are impressive including:

  • US Open Over 40 mixed doubles champion, 2018
  •  9 gold medals in 5.0 events over a 12 month period.
  • 20 medals in 5.0 events in less than 3 years
  • Medalist in 5.0 doubles in 3 different USAPA Regionals

Ty will be providing individual lessons, 3 or 4 and a pro, and group clinics on advanced play. He can be reached directly at (423) 793-4956 to schedule individual lessons or see the Court Reserve App for scheduled clinics with Ty.

Lee Martin

AMBASSADOR

Lee Martin has played tennis for 54 years and was introduced to pickleball 3 years ago and fell in love with the equalizing strategic aspects of the game – a game for all ages, genders and all experience levels. It reminded him of the days he would play ping pong all day and still wanted to play more!

Lee is a PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry) licensed instructor since 2018. He won the 2019 East TN Senior Olympics 60-64 doubles championship and was the singles silver medalist. He also won the first pickleball tournament he entered at Knoxville Racquet Club, the Men’s 3.5 doubles in 2019. Lee teaches the complimentary introductory clinics for new members at the PoP including the initial rating of new members.

He arranges group events on the Court Reserve App. Let him know if you have a type of group that you want to create a recurring playing time (like youth beginners, women intermediates, couples ladder, super senior mixer).

D.J. Anderson

AMBASSADOR

DJ is a PPR Certified pickleball coach who was introduced to the sport as a teenager while growing up in Washington State (the birthplace of pickleball). He is very passionate about the sport and is a serious student of the game. He is a currently a 4.5 tournament rated player and enjoys participating in regional tournaments.

DJ has helped pickleball grow in Knoxville, TN and the surrounding area for the past 6 years and is excited to help do the same at POP. He loves developing and coaching clinics designed to help others improve skills and learn strategy, regardless of their current playing level. DJ is a pickleball equipment expert and loves to keep up with the latest trends and technologies for the game. He is a great source of advice for equipment and apparel!

DJ will offer individual lessons and clinics to improve your game and your strategies.

He can be reached at (865) – 771 – 3858 to inquire about lessons or look on the Court Reserve App to sign up for scheduled clinics.