PFA Players Weekly Profile

Maria Serrano

Paddleball Player Profile of the week – May 15, 2017
– Home park – Far Rockaway
– Right handed player
– Loves the game of paddleball
– Big supporter of the sport
– Top female player
– Great attitude, always smiling!

Congratulation Maria!
We need more players like you!

Evan Šehić:

Evan Šehić – PFA Weekly Player Profile of the Week – May 22, 2017

  • Home – Oceanside, NY
  • Powerful Right handed player
  • Loves the game of paddleball, prefers Small Ball
  • Lethal Left hand
  • One of the top upcoming player
  • Active member of the PFA Youth Paddleball Clinic program

CONGRATULATION Evan!

 

Ricardo Rosa

Player Weekly Profile for May 29, 2017

Ricardo Rosa,

Nickname Ric/Spike/Lefty, is 55 years old. He has been playing paddleball for 27 years. He started playing in Coney Island, Sea Side courts on West 5th  St. He is a tough left handed player with a very good right hand.  His favorite player is Robert Sostre. When ask what he thinks about the sport of paddleball his response was “The sport of paddleball is great for exercise, it’s like playing chess you got to be 2 and 3 moved ahead of your opponents. It’s a sport where all people, race, gender, age can come together and play their hearts out.” He feels that in order to grow the sport the city outdoor courts need to be repaired and new ones built. His advice to his paddleball peers is “ to be competitive but don’t take it so serious, have consideration for your partner and opponent.”

Congratulation Ric!

 

Ross Strauss

Player Weekly Profile for June 5, 2017

ROSS STRAUSS

Ross is a right handed player that has been playing paddleball for 17 years. He is a humble and respectable player liked by the paddleball community. He developed a love for the game at an early age when his father used to take him to the park where Ross would practice by himself and sometimes hit the ball around with his Dad. He started playing paddleball at Newbridge Rd. Park/Cedar Creek Park. He sharpened his game by watching other players and then incorporating what he saw into his own game/strategy. Ross has done very well in paddleball tournaments. He has won many tournaments and finished in the top 3 in many other tournaments.

He said paddleball is a “good way of getting exercise/fresh air, meeting people, using strategy & developing new shots”. He believes that to grow the sport of paddleball we need to “Get the youth interested in playing & following the game, & somehow get more sponsors” His advice to his paddleball peers is to “Concentrate on having a good time & developing your game when playing”.

He would like to give “Thanks to all those who have done things to help keep the game alive – including A-1 & the PFA!”

CONGRATULATION Ross!

 

Manny Hernandez

Paddleball Player Profile of the week – June 11, 2017

Manny Hernandez 
Manny is a right handed player who started playing paddleball 27 years ago at the age of 28. It all started when he saw his brother Sam play the game and soon he was on the courts smacking the little black ball against the wall. He discovered his love for the sport at the courts of Yankee stadium. When the stadium’s courts were knocked down as part of the new stadium he took his game to Van Cortlandt Park which became his home park. His favorite player is his “compadre” Anthony Rodriguez. He loves his compadre serve and has incorporate it into his game.
 
I asked him what he thinks of the sport of paddleball and his response was “ITS THE GREATEST SPORT, NO MATTER HOW TALL OR SHORT OR STRONG ANY ONE CAN PLAY”. He believes that to grow the sport “MORE EXPOSURE ITS A PRODUCT, WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A PRODUCT? ADVERTISING”. His advice to his paddleball peers is ” SPORTSMANSHIP, ITS ONLY A GAME, SOME GUYS GO OVER THE LIMIT, TRASH TALKING IS GOOD ,BUT DON’T GET PERSONAL, WE ARE A PADDLEBALL FAMILIA. PLAY HARD ,STUDY THE GAME”. His last statement was  “I GOT NEXT…..”.
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CONGRATULATION Manny. You Got Next!!
Mark Goldstein
 
Paddleball Player Profile of the week – June 19, 2017
Mark Goldstein

Mark is a left handed player that started playing paddleball with his dad in the 80’s at castle hill beach club and at parks in the Morris park neighborhood in the Bronx. He prefers Small ball paddleball game. Currently his home park is Van Cortland. He usually play twice a week Saturday and Sunday and more if he get some free time during the week. His favorite paddleball shot is “the overhand spike that only Kareem Abdul Jabbar could return” He does not have a particular favorite player. He “watches those he admire live and on video and take pieces of their game and try to copy their style of play into his game”. Mark has a solid game and has placed in various tournaments.

When asked what he thinks about the sport his reply was “This sport is my addiction!. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t look at my schedule and see if there’s any way for me to get to the park and play”. He feels that in order to grow the sport it needs to be introduced to the youth and is the key for its revitalization without question. His view is 100% in line with the PFA’s view. His advice to the paddleball community is to “Keep doing what we’re doing. We should never let this game fade away..I Got Next”  .

CONGRATULATION Mark!!

Brian Newson

Brian Newson Weekly Player profile(6/25/17)

Brian is a left handed player that has been playing paddleball off and on since the late 70’s. He is a very humble and liked by the paddleball community. He has been working with NYC for the past 32 years. He also has been a volunteer for the past 6 years with NYC Office of Emergency Management Community Emergency Response Team(CERT). Like many of his paddleball peers he picked up the game quickly because he transitioned from handball to paddleball. He started playing paddleball on 134th Street at St. Nicholas Park in Manhattan. He then took his game to 135th street by Harlem Hospital in search of tougher competition. As his game improved he once again moved on to Lenox Avenue and 113th street in search of tougher competition. Currently his home outdoor park is Sayers and Juniper park and Zerega in the winter. He normally plays twice a week, Saturday & Sunday. In the summer he travels with his friends and fellow paddleball players Alex Cherry and Marian Quinn around the Tri-State area in search of tough competition and meet new friends. His favorite paddleball shot is the spike. He does not have a favorite player. However, he does watch and pay attention to a lot of players/games to learn and possibly incorporate a shot or a particular strategy. He loves paddleball, he said “it’s a great way to keep active, better your health (my doctor is always surprised at my heart rate) and you meet great people when you travel to different parks.”

I asked him what he thinks is needed to grow the sport? His response,  “It’s great that the Paddle Family Alliance is actively engaging kids, you may want to reach out and convert current handball players”. His advice to his paddleball peers is “Just to have fun, respect each other and the calls that are being made and let your play decide the game”. He believes there is “Nothing to change about a sport that is great to play with other players who are inclusive of others no matter the skill level.”

CONGRATULATION Brian

 

Matthew Ramos

Matthew Ramos Weekly Player profile(7/1/17)

Mathew, “The Sniper”, is a powerful right handed player in his late 20s. He is a quite Paddleball gentleman of few words on the courts. But do not let his on court quite demeanor fool you, on the court he is a hungry lion constantly stalking his prey. You must keep him on the defense, cause setting his right hand up while you are in front could be dangerous to your health!
 
He started playing paddleball regularly around the age of 17 at Van Cortland park, which is still his home park, about 13 years ago. His father inspired him to start playing paddleball. He plays one to two times a week year round, Zerega Indoor is his home court during the winter season. Of the many shots in the game his favorite is between a heavy topspin drop shot and a lob with heavy under-spin. He does not have a particular favorite player but his top 5, in no specific order, are: Hoppy, Eddie (Flaco), Sostre, Nelson, and Richie Miller
 
His view about the sport of paddleball?. “I think it’s a great sport. It’s fun, addictive, physically and mentally rigorous, and most of all if I haven’t mentioned, it’s fun lol”.
 
I asked him what he thinks is needed to take the sport to the next level? ” There are outdoor one wall courts all over New York City. In order to help the sport thrive, I think it’s necessary to travel to different parks to allow others both inside and outside the park to see the game of paddleball in action, especially parks where one wall courts aren’t being utilized “
 
His advice to his paddleball peers is ” to keep playing, never quit”. He believes there is nothing that need to be changed about the sport of paddleball at this time.
 
Congratulation Matt! Continue supporting the sport we all love and keep giving paddleball PowPow!

 

Jay Brown

Jay Brown – PFA Weekly Player Profile for week of 7/9/17

Jay reminds me more of a power forward basketball player instead of a paddleball player. He is a hard hitting right handed paddleball player from the Bronx with a ton of potential to become one of the sport’s elite player.
He started playing the game back in the 80s but really has been playing consistently the past 2 years. He started playing the game at the courts on P.S 86 on Riverside Drive in Manhattan and Central Park at the age of about 15 years old. He then took his game in search of tougher competition to St. James park in the Bronx.
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His Mom & Dad are his favorite players, “Just watching the enjoyment of the competitiveness between them two” inspired him to compete at a high level in sports. He loves the game of paddleball, likes the hustle , the atmosphere, the different type of style of people’s games. He said the competition of the game is what attracted him to the sport, “Competition just love it..”. He has won a few tournaments the past two years including the PFA 1st Winter Open Restricted Doubles with Joey Vega. He also qualified to the PFA 1st Summer Doubles Invitational Classic at Orchard Beach.
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He said “Sportsmanship goes a long way with me..” and feels is one of the things that will help grow the sport and make it more enjoyable to play. His advice to his paddleball peers? “they probably already know this “HAVE FUN”!!” He thinks the game is in good shape but reminds everyone to ” Just be fare”.
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He concluded the interview with..
“WHO GOT NEXT?.. that’s all..I’m coming!!!”
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You are definitely coming Jay, stay focused and keep working hard. You Got Next!
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CONGRATULATION Jay Brown!