Name: Emily Fraser Home Club: North Park Division: 1
What is your paddle of choice? My paddle of choice is the all-black Viking O-Zone Lite.
How long have you been playing paddle? I have been playing paddle for 1.5 years.
What is your favorite part of playing paddle? I have two favorite parts of playing paddle: one is ripping forehands and the other also the super awesome community of people!
Your greatest paddle strength? My greatest paddle strength has to be my forehand - years of tennis helps me with this lol.
What is your best paddle memory? My best paddle memory is playing the West Penn in 2019. This is the first paddle tournament I had ever played and ended up igniting my desire to really start getting more involved in the sport.
What do you enjoy when you’re not playing paddle? When I am not playing paddle I enjoy playing tennis (or any other racquet sport, really!), staying active on my Peloton, helping people buy and sell homes in Pittsburgh, and relaxing with my family.
Do you have any pre-match rituals?
My only pre-match ritual is re-gripping my paddle. I like to have a tacky/fresh grip when I play.
What advice would you give to beginners? A lot of beginner paddle players end up transitioning over from tennis, and already have a base level of racquet skills. So my advice to beginners is to welcome the long points and stay patient!