Ryan Hoarfrost

Ryan Hoarfrost

Questions with Ryan Hoarfrost
Original Article from USATT Insider  (3/8/2016)

USATT Insider poses 11 questions to Ryan Hoarfrost of Paddle Palace
1) Why do you play?

I play because I love the competition. It’s also great exercise and a lot of fun.


2) Which is your favorite tournament?

My favorite tournament I regularly play in is the Portland Open. It’s the biggest annual tournament in the area so I always look forward to that one. I also like traveling to other tournaments around Seattle, BC, and California.


3) Who is your primary nemesis?

Sean O’Neill. I also battle with Hung Ho and Hau Lam on a regular basis.


4) What is your favorite game tactic to score?

Deceptive heavy spin serve to try to get the opponent to give a poor return that I can attack.


5) Thoughts on the Poly Ball.

I really like playing with the Nittaku Premium 40+ ball and even prefer them to the celluloid balls.


6) Toughest Loss?

Probably the one that stands out was losing in the semi-finals of the Oregon State Championships to Ethan Liu a couple years ago.


7) Greatest Win?

That one time I beat Sean O’Neill at the Cosmos TT league. I also took out Tahl Leibovitz when he came to town during a clinic!


8) How you prepare for a tournament?

Make sure to get an extra playing session in the week before.


9) When you see a new player at the club, what do you do?

Say hi and see if they want to hit some.


10) Player you would most like to play in a tournament?

Sean O’Neill


11) If you had to face Timothy or Crystal Wang what would your game plan be?

I wouldn’t try to do anything different and just play my game.