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Tyler Loong has been playing pickleball for six years. He started playing tennis at age 7, including playing Division 1 College Tennis during his first year at BYU in Utah. He transitioned into playing pickleball after his neighbor, Tyler Sheffield, invited him to play a game one afternoon; he’s been hooked ever since! From the very beginning of his time playing the sport, his favorite part about the pickleball community has been the feeling of family and friendship. To this day, most of his close friends are fellow pickleball players, and he appreciates this common bond they share.
When not playing on the professional tour, Tyler has also helped start the first national youth pickleball initiative—the National JPO. The National JPO started as a local project in Loong’s home state of Utah; while that program, the Utah JPO, is still growing to encompass 4-5 events a year, Tyler and the National JPO also run the Jr. PPA tournaments on a national scale. The National JPO focuses on kids from ages 7-18, and they specialize in all-inclusive family events.
In his spare time, Tyler is a referee for college tennis matches, travels with his wife and two children, and enjoys outdoor sports—such as hiking, surfing, biking, and skateboarding. His career has paired creativity and focus, from owning a shaved ice shack to real estate investment to working in account management; his pickleball game shows the same combination of fun and discipline, including his signature Erne shot.
Tyler is excited to be part of Team Vulcan so he can be 100% into the sport he loves most, while being supported by a company that makes a full range of products he likes.