The P.V.A. Team
An amazing pickleball vacation begins and ends with the quality of the team. The PVA team brings together unique backgrounds and skills to make each trip memorable, easy for our customers, and full of fun and adventure.
Christine McGrath is one of the top women’s players on the professional pickleball circuit having consistently medaled in all the major tournaments including winning both the US Open and Tournament of Champions. Christine played Division I tennis at the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years, before finishing up her collegiate career at Marist College. Playing #1 on the tennis team afforded her the opportunity to travel all over the country with a semester in Greece. After college she went to Brown University for a Master’s program. She has worked in both the fashion and investment real estate industries. She is driven, industrious, detail-oriented, and outgoing with a sharp business sense.
After discovering and falling in love with pickleball in September of 2014 she transitioned quickly to playing on the pro circuit. In addition to competing she has organized and taught many destination clinics, camps, and exhibitions throughout the USA and Europe. She genuinely cares about all the clients she has taught and is deeply dedicated to helping them which is reflected in the many long term relationships she has built. Her clients not only depend on her talents, they gladly refer to her as a friend and colleague.
Ben Johns is the number one men’s singles professional in the world and has risen to the top of the pro pickleball circuit after starting pickleball in 2016 at the age of 18. He has accumulated a vast array of medals and titles at the sport’s top events including Tournament of Champions, Nationals, and the US Open. In 2018 Johns captured a gold medal in Men’s Singles Pro at the Tournament of Champions where he also took home a silver medal in Mixed Doubles Pro.
Currently a student at the University of Maryland, studying Materials Science Engineering he has a rigorous schedule and is used to balancing traveling, pickleball, business, and school. Ben has organized many camps and clinics and his clients love him for his knowledge, friendliness, and creative drills to keep the game fun!
Dekel Bar is from Tel Aviv, Israel where he is studying Business and Economics at Herzliya University. Since 2012 he has been playing full time as a ranked tennis professional on the ATP tour and was ranked number three in Israel as well as playing on the Davis Cup team. After many years on the pro tennis circuit, and after a few injuries, he decided to set down the tennis racquet and pick up the professional pickleball paddle. Since then he has won 4th place in Tournament of Champions in Men’s Doubles and Men’s Singles after only three months of playing pickleball.
With his family owning a travel company he has spent his life traveling the globe and developing a passion for the industry. Pickleball Vacation Adventures combines his love for travel and sport. Dekel’s sharp negotiation skills and knowledge of the travel industry help take clients to the best locations for the best price.