The Pickleball Prodigy: Mattias Johansson’s Story

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Are you a fan of pickleball? If so, you’ve probably heard of the Swedish prodigy, Mattias Johansson. He’s one of the most successful players in pickleball today and his story is truly remarkable.

Let’s take a look at how this pickleball phenom rose to the top of the game.

A Beginner’s Luck?

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Mattias was born and raised in Sweden and grew up playing a variety of sports including tennis, racquetball, and badminton. Even achieving a Masters Degree in tennis and acting as the head tennis coach at University of California.

He always had a natural talent for all sports but it wasn’t until he discovered pickleball (from an American friend) that he found himself truly hooked on the game.

Johansson started playing pickleball recreationally with friends and family before entering local tournaments in Europe. His first big win came as a surprise when he won the European Championships as an amateur player!

After that, there was no looking back—Johansson decided to make pickleball his profession and moved to California to pursue his dream full-time.

Pickled Perfection

Once in America, Mattias quickly made a name for himself by winning several major events such as SoCal Summer Classic and US Open Pickleball Championships.

He also joined the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) which marked his official entry into professional-level play. It’s no wonder why Johansson has been so successful; he is renowned for his speed, agility, accuracy, and strong mental game on court.

He is also known for having great shot selection which allows him to outplay opponents consistently during long rallies

What tournaments has Mattias Johansson won in pickleball?

  • 2018 SoCal Summer Classic champion
  • 2019 US Open Pickleball Championships champion
  • 2019 Florida Grand Slam champion
  • 2019 Texas Open champion
  • 2020 Tournament of Champions Pro Men’s Doubles champion
  • 2020 Bainbridge Cup champion
  • 2021 Punta Gorda Open Pro Men’s Doubles champion
  • 2021 Beer City Open Pro Men’s Doubles champion
  • 2021 SoCal Classic Pro Men’s Doubles champion
  • 2021 US Open Pickleball Championships Pro Men’s Doubles bronze medalist

Off Court Life

When not competing on court, Mattias Johansson spends much of his time promoting pickleball through coaching aspiring players and running camps throughout southern California.

He also has an active presence online where he interacts with fans/followers regularly on social media platforms like Instagram (@mattias.johansson.pickleball).

His online presence makes him even more accessible as fans can join him virtually on court whenever they want!  


Mattias Johansson is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in professional pickleball today and it’s clear why. From his impressive wins at major tournaments to his passion for promoting pickleball off court—there are few who can match him!

Whether you’re already a fan or just hearing about him now, there’s no denying that Mattias is one of the best players in the world right now—and likely will be for many years to come.

We can’t wait to see what else this young Swede will achieve in the future!


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