Team Prince Pickleball
Meet The Team & Learn Why The Best Players Choose Prince
Simone was born and raised in Santa Maria, Brazil. Jardim moved to the US when she was 18 years old to play college tennis at Auburn University, but ended up transferring to Fresno State her junior year where she had a very successful career. After college, she went on to coach at Fresno State, College of William and Mary as an assistant, and as the Women’s Head Coach at Michigan State.
Pickleball came into her life January of 2015 when friends convinced her to try it. Soon after, she met Corrine Carr and Joey Farias. Simone was hooked. She played her first tournament in May of 2015 called "Fever at the Zoo". Royal Oak and Nationals followed soon after. Because Jardim was still coaching at MSU and other conflicts, she only competed in singles at 2016 US Open. During this time, Simone and her family had also been considering moving to Naples, Florida to start a Pickleball Academy. By August 2016, they had done just that.
Since then Simone hasn’t looked back and loves what she does. She and her Partner Chad Edwards operate Peak Performance Pickleball Academy, teaching at the Bonita Springs YMCA. Jardim is also the Director of Sports at Valencia Bonita in Bonita Springs. Simone is Married to Chad, and they have two amazing (and rambunctious) children.
Fun Fact About Simone: She has won a medal at EVERY pickleball tournament she has ever entered.
- Only woman to ever win the US Open Singles Title
- US Open Triple Crown Winner (Pro Singles, Pro Women's Doubles, & Pro Mixed Doubles) 2017 & 2018
- Nine-Time US Open Pro Division Champion/Gold Medalist
- Five-Time USAPA National Championship Pro Division Gold Medalist
- Six-Time Tournament of Champions Pro Division Gold Medalist
- Women's Doubles Overall Pro Record: 130-7
- Mixed Doubles Overall Pro Record: 139-15
- Women's Singles Overall Pro Record: 57-3
Dekel Bar is a former tennis player, ranked 580 ATP singles and 380 ATP doubles. He is originally from Tel Aviv, Israel where he studies Economics and Entrepreneurship at Herzliya University. Since 2012 he played full time as a ranked tennis professional on the ATP tour and was ranked number three in Israel as well as playing on the Davis Cup team. After many years on the pro tennis circuit, in 2018 Dekel decided to pick up pickleball and he has quickly established himself on the pro pickleball circuit. In 2019 he won 4th place in Tournament of Champions in both Men’s Doubles and Men’s Singles after only three months of playing pickleball. Dekel is now ranked in the top ten Pickleball Pro players. Dekel also owns Pickleball Getaways, a pickleball travel company for which he provides pickleball instruction.
- 2020 California Open - Gold in Men's Singles Open & Gold in Men's Doubles Open
- 2019 USAPA National Championships - Gold in Men's Singles 5.0 19+
- 2018 Tournament of Champions - 4th place in Men's Doubles and Men's Singles
- 2019 Florida Grand Slam - Silver in Men's Doubles Open
Jennifer Lucore has a long history as fantastic player and strong advocate for the sport of Pickleball. Her work to help move the sport forward began in 2011. She worked with Bill Booth (USAPA president) to get the USAPA to utilize a master membership list for a web-based email subscription software for newsletter and communications. Membership was around 5,600. Lucore published the USAPA e-newsletter until 2014 and brought many improvements to it along the way. Jennifer has remained very active in content development, blogging, and advocacy for Pickleball in top publications for the sport and on her own website, allpickleball.com.
More recently, Jennifer Lucore has served as a Pickleball Ambassador to the World. She has traveled throughout the USA and internationally to Canada, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Spain, Singapore and Thailand - All promoting and teaching the sport where ever she goes - sharing the passion of this awesome sport.
In March 2018 she coauthored, with her mom, our sports first ever history book: The History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun! She is also currently the channel editor for the Group Works Pickleball channel.
- 17-Time USAPA National Championship Pro / 5.0 Gold Medalist
- 10-Time US Open Senior Pro / 5.0 Medalist
- 10-Time Tournament of Champions Masters/Legends/5.0 Medalist
- 11-Time Canadian National Champion
- Six-Time Huntsman World Senior Games Champion
Collin Johns, 26, grew up in Laytonsville, MD. He played competitive little league baseball as a pitcher until falling in love with tennis at the age of thirteen. After quitting baseball at sixteen and dedicating himself to tennis, he achieved his first professional world ranking at the age of twenty. Collin competed at the professional level for five years and in over a dozen countries, attaining a career high ATP ranking of #978 in singles and #939 in doubles.
In the summer of 2018 Collin turned his focus to pickleball for the first time. Having been introduced to the game by younger brother (and national champion Ben Johns) earlier in the year, he quickly made the transition from tennis. Collin competed in several pro tournaments, including a men’s pro singles bronze medal match at the 2019 US Open. He continues his pickleball career this summer where he can’t wait to begin the “Johns brothers” partnership. Being the first pro player to feature with the Prince Pro Quantum, Johns loves the “tennislike” extended handle and the unique, rounded shape characteristic of Prince paddles.
Off the court Collin enjoys chess and is a rated table tennis player, which he believes helps his pickleball game. “If you had to compare pickleball to another sport I think it would be either miniature tennis or giant ping pong so I think it gives me an advantage having a strong background in both.” Johns will be doing pickleball camps alongside his brother in the near future.
- Selected to participate in the Team East vs. Team West Pro Pickleball Challenge
- US Open Men's Pro Singles 4th Place 2019
- Sundial Spectacular Silver Mixed Pro Doubles