Barry grew up in Miami, Florida playing football and baseball in the youth programs until the age of 13 when he discovered his true love, tennis. Within two years he was ranked in the top 5 in the state of Florida and top 50 in the nation. At 18 he won the Florida State High School Championships in the number one singles position earning him many college scholarships.
He attended the University of Illinois and played number one in singles and doubles as a freshman advancing to the finals of the Big Ten Championships. After college, Barry played professionally on the satellite tour in Europe and the United States. Following his professional tennis career, Barry returned to Florida to become the Director of Tennis at Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island.
Barry continued to play tennis tournaments and was ranked number one in Florida in the Men’s 25 and Men’s 30 division, number two in the men’s open division, and number five in the nation. In 2008 and after many years away from playing competitive tennis, Barry found his new love, Pickleball.
In 2016, Barry started playing Pickleball professionally and has won numerous major tournaments including the 2019 US OPEN, 2020 & 2021 World Pickleball Championships, Texas Open, Atlanta Open, and most recently the 2022 National Senior Championships.
Barry looks forward to playing and competing all over the country showcasing the growing sport of Pickleball. Regarded as one of the top Pickleball professionals and teachers in the world, Barry has over 40 years of teaching experience and is an IPTPA and IFP certified instructor. “90% of the players I see today don’t play the game correctly because the don’t have the proper fundamentals. Barry oﬀers 1 & 2 Day Programs where you will learn to play the game right!” This is not just another camp but a chance to experience what the top level pros are doing and what you need to do to get better. Raise your game with one of the top pros in the world as you focus on the “Tremendous 12” pickleball shots and game winning strategies. In addition to being one of the top ranked Pickleball Professionals in the world, he is full-time Realtor with the number one real estate company in Southwest Florida, John R Wood Properties. If you are looking to move to Southwest Florida, he would be delighted to help you find the perfect property in paradise. Visit Pickleballcommunitiesflorida.com to search all of the dedicated Pickleball Communities as well all any properties for sale in the area.