Anna Leigh Waters is an American professional pickleball player. She was born on January 26, 2007 and turned pro in 2019 at the age of 12, becoming the youngest professional pickleball player in history.
As of October 2022, she is ranked No. 1 in the world for doubles, No. 1 for mixed doubles, and No. 1 for singles by the Professional Pickleball Association.
She is known for her impressive skills on the court and has won numerous titles and awards in her young career.
|Anna Leigh Waters
|Professional Pickleball Player
|Date of Birth
|January 26, 2007
|16 (as of October 2022)
|Place of Birth
|Delray Beach, Florida, U.S.
|5’ 6″ (168 cm)
|135 lbs (61 kg)
|34″ (86 cm)
|24″ (61 cm)
|35″ (89 cm)
Past & Current Relationships
Anna Leigh Waters is known for her close relationship with her mother, Leigh Waters.
They are not only mother and daughter but also doubles partners in pickleball. They are the only mother-daughter team in professional pickleball.
As for her romantic relationships, Anna Leigh Waters has always been very private about her relationship status.
However, it is reported that she is currently in a relationship with Christian Alshon, who is also a pickleball player.
Early Life & Education
|Christian Alshon (rumored)
Waters grew up in Delray Beach, Florida. In 2017, as Hurricane Irma swept through, her family temporarily visited her grandparents in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
During their stay, Waters and her mother discovered the game of pickleball.
Waters displayed a natural talent for the sport, and by the age of 11, she participated in her inaugural pickleball tournament in Dallas, Texas.
Remarkably, Waters, who in 2019 was 12 years old, became the world’s youngest professional pickleball player.
|Professional Pickleball Player
|2019 – present
After taking a break from competitive play in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Waters has achieved remarkable success in various pickleball formats, including doubles, mixed doubles, and singles.
Her partner and coach in doubles is her mother, Leigh Waters who is a former NCAA Division I tennis player at the University of South Carolina.
They are the only mother-daughter team in professional pickleball. Waters has played mixed doubles with Ben Johns as her partner.
She has also played pickleball with Michael Phelps, Jamie Foxx, Sugar Ray Leonard, and golfers Scottie Scheffler and Jordan Spieth.
Waters won the 2021 doubles national championship at the Orlando Cup.
She also won singles gold at the Newport Beach Showcase, Orlando Cup, and Texas Open in 2021, as well as the Margaritaville USA Pickleball Nationals Championship.
She also won bronze in singles, silver in doubles, and bronze in mixed doubles at the Acrytech Atlanta Open in 2021.
Waters won the PPA North Carolina Open mixed doubles title in May 2023, teaming up with former world No. 8 tennis player Jack Sock in his professional pickleball debut.
Overall, Anna Leigh Waters has had an impressive career as a professional pickleball player, achieving great success in doubles, mixed doubles, and singles competitions.
Net worth and sources of income
|$1.4 to $1.5 million
|tournament prize amounts and Brand partnerships
Anna Leigh Waters’ net worth has been estimated to be around $1.4 to $1.5 million.
Her brand partnerships are the biggest source of consistent income. She is sponsored by Fila, Paddletek, and Carvana among others and earns a high-six-figure salary.