Player

Deborah Rossi

Nickname: Debbie
Gender: Female
Age: 30

Plays:

Weapon (Paddle): CRBN 2X

Club: Brisbane Pickleball Club

Sponsor: -

@debbierossi.pb

Major Results:

Bronze medalist in Mixed Doubles at the Gold Coast PPL event in May 2023
Silver medalist in Women’s Doubles at the Currumbin Slam Jam event in March 2023
Silver medalist in Women’s Doubles at the 2022 Australian Championship
Silver medalist in Mixed Doubles at the 2022 Australian Championship
Gold medalist in Women’s Doubles at the 2022 Queensland Championship
Silver medalist in Mixed Doubles at the 2022 Queensland Championship
Gold medalist in Women’s Doubles at the 2022 Queensland Pickleball Tour Series

Bio:

How did you get started playing Pickleball, what did you play before (if anything), and what inspired you to pursue it as a competitive sport?


I started playing pickleball in mid-2018. At that time there were no more than 20-30 players in Brisbane. I played tennis in my childhood and then switched to badminton during high school. I discovered pickleball at the Newmarket Indoor Sports centre where I played badminton. At that time, I didn’t know what pickleball was, so one day I asked if I could join in. I never looked back.


Aside from Pickleball, do you have any hidden talents or hobbies that might surprise your fans?


I am a modern day Oracle, with my Greek mythology expertise, I am the go-to person for explaining why Zeus had more drama than a soap opera.


If you were to design your dream Pickleball court, what unique features would it have, and where would it be located?


My dream pickleball court would have a stunning view on the beach and it would be multicolored.


Music and sports often go hand in hand. What's your go-to pump-up song or playlist before a big match?


30 seconds to Mars or Muse

Let's switch gears a bit – if you were to star in a Pickleball-themed movie, what would the storyline be, and which actor or actress would you want as your co-star?


If I were the star of a pickleball-themed movie, the story would be about a quirky underdog who learns the ways of the “Pickleball Sensei” (played by Simone Jardim) to master the art of the game. Pickleball skills would be taught through unusual tasks, like waxing pickleball paddles and taping courts to create pickleball lines. As my nemesis (and co-star), I’d choose the talented Ronda Rousey!

If you had to describe Pickleball to someone who never knew the game using only 5 words, what would they be?


Tennis on a badminton court