Litchfield Racquet and Paddle is operated by Emily and Chris Taylor of Pawleys Island, SC. Both dedicated pickleball players who compete regularly in tournaments around the country, they enjoy watching pickleball grow in the Litchfield area after first learning the sport in 2016. They both love living in Pawleys Island where they are parents to two boys, Holden and Henry, and two schnauzers, Otto and Rafa.
Emily and Chris are dedicated to the preservation of the Pawleys Island and Litchfield areas as recreational destinations that offer active opportunities to residents and visitors of Georgetown County. When envisioning the future site of LRP, Emily, Chris, and their partners saw a community need for a racquet sport facility that would preserve the natural beauty of the area while offering the convenience of a pickleball club in Pawleys Island.
Emily grew up in Paducah, KY where much of her family still resides. She went to undergraduate school at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA where she received Bachelor's degrees in both Spanish and Music. After receiving a Master's degree in Hispanic Literature from the University of Kentucky, she pursued a teaching career which included Virginia Military Institute and finally Lowcountry Preparatory School, which brought her to Pawleys Island. Emily and Chris met in 2003 on a blind date and were married in 2005.
After being a stay-at-home mom for a number of years, Emily began working for pickleball pro Tyson McGuffin in 2020 as his camps administrator and also assists with social media, newsletters, apparel and paddle orders, and graphic design.
Catch Emily on Tyson McGuffin's podcast HERE 📺!
An avid pickleball player herself, Emily plays 10-15 sanctioned tournaments a year and is a Selkirk advocate. She currently plays with the Selkirk Invikta Vanguard 2.0 Midweight.
Chris grew up in the Myrtle Beach area where his father was involved in real estate development. His upbringing helped him create a vision for Litchfield Racquet and Paddle. Chris played #1 on the Furman University men's tennis team and continued playing on high-level men's leagues after earning his degree in Business. After college, Chris became in involved in the development of Pawleys Island before deciding to attend the University of South Carolina to receive his MBA.
Chris has been a financial advisor since 1998 while also supporting and managing various residential developments throughout Pawleys Island and Murrells Inlet.
As a former tennis instructor, Chris now coaches pickleball at LRP and has developed a love for the sport. In 2022, he fulfilled a promise to his liver donor by winning gold in men's doubles at the U.S. Open in Naples, FL. Like his wife, Chris also enjoys tournament play and has earned a spot to play in the USA Pickleball National Championships in November 2022. He plays with the Engage Pursuit EX 6.0.