Sunday, January 23, 2022

Steve Wong

PLAYER
INDUCTED IN 2021 

















CITIZENSHIP: USA  

BORN: January 10, 1978 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia 

PLAYS:  Right handed

 

EDUCATION:  

Minnetonka High School

Minnetonka, MN

 

Bachelors of Arts – Global Studies and Japanese

University of Washington, Bothell

Bothell, WA

 

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

In 2005, Steve helped to organize the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA) with Mark Friedenberg and served as its first Webmaster. He also served as Vice-President during the first few years of this new organization. The huge growth and expansion of pickleball was the result of the USAPA and its stated mission “to promote the growth and development of pickleball, not only on a national but an international level.”  Steve returned to the USAPA in 2011 to serve with Gigi LeMaster as Co-Directors of the 2012 USAPA National Championships.

 

In 2005 Steve created his first paddle company, S-Type Sports, making it the third commercially marketed line of paddles in existence at the time. It was later re-named Onix Sports and sold to Escalade Sports in 2015. 



Steve helped form Arizona’s Surprise Pickleball Association in 2012 That same year, he spearheaded fundraising to get the City of Surprise to create pickleball courts. The creation of these courts and those that followed helped elevate Surprise to the status of this country’s Pickleball Mecca.

 

In 2019 Steve launched Armour Pickleball, featuring a new line of paddles, bags, accessories and training. 



COMPETITION AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

Steve began playing pickleball in 1991 and won many tournaments prior to the current era of majors. Some of his wins in majors: 


Steve Wong and Rick Young at the 2009 USAPA Nationals

USAPA Nationals:​               
2009​​                 Men’s Doubles 19+ (with Rick Young)
                         Men’s Singles 19+
  
2012                 Men’s Doubles 19+ (with Enrique Ruiz)
                         Open Men’s Doubles (with Enrique Ruiz)
                         Open Mixed Doubles (with Lydia D. Willis)
            
2015                 Mixed Doubles 35+ (with Joy Leising)
 
Other Notable GOLD Medals

2011
2011 Grand Canyon State Games                     
5.0 19+ Gold with Gigi LeMaster
5.0 19+ Gold with Dan Gabanek
 
1st Annual Surprise Pickleball Tournament (Fundraiser)
5.0 Gold with Pat Kane
 
2012
2012 Grand Canyon State Games
Arizona State Pickleball Championships
5.0 Men's 19+ Gold with Glenn Griffin
5.0 19+ Gold with Gigi LeMaster
5.0 Gold with Chris Miller
 
Surprise Spring Tournament
5.0 Gold with Tony Negrete
 
St.George Spring Open @ SunRiver
5.0 Mixed Doubles Gold with Gigi LeMaster
5.0 Men’s Doubles Gold with Tommy Wong
 
1st Annual Rally In The Valley
5.0 Men’s Doubles Gold with Enrique Ruiz
5.0 Mixed Doubles Gold with Gigi LeMaster
 
2013
2013 Grand Canyon State Games
Arizona State Pickleball Championships
5.0 35+ Gold with Mark Friedenberg
Men's Open Doubles Gold with Chris Miller
 
2014
Surprise Pickleball Spring Fling
Mixed Doubles 5.0 Gold with Stephanie Lane
 
SPA Fundraiser #1
Men's Doubles 5.0 Gold with Scott Clayson
Mixed Doubles 5.0 Gold with Christine Barksdale
 
USAPA Southwest Regional Tournament
5.0 35+ Gold with Scott Stone
 
2015
2015 Grand Canyon State Games
Arizona State Pickleball Championships
5.0 19+ Gold with Aspen Kern
 
March Madness Skills Tournament @ Melba
5.0 Gold with Justin Shomaker
5.0 Gold with Kris Anderson
 
Tustin Labor Day Tournament
Mixed Open Doubles Gold with Kris Anderson
 
2016
Tommy Wong Memorial Tournament
5.0 Mixed Gold with Christine Barksdale
 
Tustin Winter Classic
Men's Open Doubles Gold with Callan Dawson
 
International Indoor Pickleball Championships 2016
5.0 35+ Gold with Shayne Johnson
 
2017
Tommy Wong Memorial Tournament
5.0 Gold with Christine Barksdale
 
2018
Tommy Wong Memorial Tournament
5.0 Gold with Christine Barksdale
 
2020
2020 Pueblo El Mirage Kokopelli Klassic
5.0 35+ Gold with Enrique Ruiz
 
PPA Championship - 150,000
5.0 35+ Gold with Ky McMakin
 
2021
2021 USA Pickleball Mountain Regional Championship
5.0 35+ Gold with Sara Ash
 
Pickleball Hall of Fame Championships
5.0 35+ Gold with Sara Ash
 
2022
Tommy Wong Memorial Tournament
5.0 35+  Gold with Sara Ash

 

Steve has been a powerhouse in the Sport of Pickleball.  Since 2009, he has won:

38+ GOLD MEDALS

35+ SILVER MEDALS

27+ BRONZE MEDALS

 

This does not include the results of many tournaments prior to 2009.

 

He is a Six-Time National Champion, Canadian Nationals Champion, US Open Medalist and Bainbridge Cup Medalist.

 

BACKGROUND:

Steve began playing pickleball in the 8th Grade at Odle Middle School in Bellevue, Washington.  He loved all sorts of racquet sports and played tennis, badminton, and table tennis.  He really dove into pickleball after stumbling upon it again at the Bellevue 24 Hour Fitness gym where he trained with great players like Mark Friedenberg and Chris Miller.  

 

He has dedicated his life to growing the sport by being one of the sport’s biggest worldwide ambassadors.