Anna Leigh Waters is an American professional pickleball player, who achieved the number-one ranking at the age of only 16 years old. She is recognized as the youngest-ever professional with such remarkable success.
Anna is the current world’s number-one player in mixed doubles, singles, and doubles, according to the Professional Pickleball Association. Leigh has secured the top-ranking positions in all these three categories. She is known for her aggressive, speedy, and strong style of play.
What is Anna Leigh Waters net worth?
At the time this article is written, Anna Leigh Waters has an estimated net worth of approximately $1.4 million. She has succeeded in different pickleball tournaments, being exceptional in mixed doubles, singles, and doubles competitions. She didn’t earn only recognition for her great skills on the court, but also financial rewards.
This year, 2023, Anna Leigh Waters was honored with a place on the famous Forbes 30 Under 30 sports list, in recognition for her remarkable achievements and talent. This esteemed recognition is elevating her brand value and solidifies her rising star status.
Anna has secured sponsorships from the leading manufacturer Paddleteck and sportswear manufacturer Fila. Paddleteck supplies her with paddles with her very own design, while Fila provides her with high-quality equipment and sportswear.
Anna renewed her contract with Paddleteck on February 10, 2023.
Also, Anna Leigh is sponsored by the Lock Laces company, which is best known for its innovative shoelace fastening system. With their support, Anna can be sure that her lace will not come undone during the matches and she can focus on her game.
Other sponsors of Anna include Studio Margaret, Caravana (who offered her a brand-new Range Rover because she is preparing to get her driver’s license), and Dynasty Financial Partners.
Anna Leigh Waters was born on January 26, 2007. She grew up in Delray Beach, Florida with her parents, Leigh and Stephen Waters. However, in 2017 when Hurricane Irma hit their zone, their lives turned in an unexpected way.
Anna lived temporarily with her family at her grandparents in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In that period, Anna and her mother discovered pickleball. They were fascinated by this sport and started to play together, developing a passion for it very quickly.
She has always received the support of her parents and her grandparents, Ann Eichelberger and Neil Eichelberger. Anna was homeschooled by her grandmother, while her mother was her coach, doubles partner, and manager.
Pickleball Paddle Career
Anna’s grandfather was the one that introduced her to the world of pickleball at the age of ten. At that time, they lived in Allentown, Pennsylvania close to many pickleball courts.
Anna Leigh Waters became the youngest professional pickleball player ever when she was just twelve years old. In double competitions, she frequently partners with her mother, Leigh Waters.
Anna is not only the best at pickleball, but she is a very talented soccer player as well. However, she stopped playing this sport in order to focus on pickleball.
There is no doubt that Leigh will aim to reach new top-ranking positions in her pickleball career as she has the whole support of her family.
Anna Leigh Waters won different prestigious pickleball tournaments and displayed exceptional skills in 2021. She was victorious in the doubles national championship at the Orlando Cup, and so she secured the coveted title.
Anna also won the gold medals at the Margaritaville USA Pickleball Nationals Championship, the Newport Beach Showcase, Texas Open, and Orlando Cup.
Waters won the bronze medal in singles at the 2021 U.S. Open consolidating her status as a top-tier player.
Furthermore, Anna won the bronze medal in mixed doubles and the silver medal in doubles at the 2021 Acrytech Atlanta Open.
Anna participated with her mother in the first nationally televised pickleball match on CBS Sports, in 2022. They won the competition at the Skechers Invitational Summer Championship, against Callie Smith and Lucy Kovalova.
In May 2023, Anna won the mixed doubles title at the PPA North Carolina Open. There, Waters teamed up with Jack Sock, the former world No. 8 tennis player.
Anna Leigh Waters has always been very secretive about her relationship status. However, at the moment she is not dating anyone. Anna is more focused on solidifying her career, according to some close sources.