A seasoned veteran of the game, Alex Hamner began playing pickleball in 2010 at the urging of Jennifer Lucore’s parents, Bob & Beverly Youngren. Alex and Jennifer were doubles partners at their local tennis club and quickly became a force to be reckoned with when they began playing pickleball. From 2011 – 2014, they captured consecutive gold medals in open women’s doubles in the USAPA National Championships. The pair also won consecutive golds at the Tournament of Champions from 2014 – 2016. In all, Alex has won 12 USAPA National crowns in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
A regular contributor to Pickleball Magazine with Jennifer via their column, “Around the Post”, Alex has also worked with PickleballChannel.com to help grow the sport she loves. “I believe the big growth spurt pickleball is currently enjoying has numerous reasons including the fine work of USAPA Ambassadors, pickleball enthusiasts on social media, and really just the fact that it’s such a dang fun thing to do! I hope the growth continues at an accelerated rate, and I would love pickleball to eventually be in the Olympics. The founders of the game created this sport to be equally advantaged between opponents and to be fun while being competitive – and to be its own sport, not a version of some other sport. So, it’s more important to me that those fundamentals be retained than for pickleball to be in the Olympics.”
A graduate of Cal State University at Long Beach, where she played field hockey, Alex and her husband live in Carlsbad, California, own a small accounting firm, and have two sons who, as well as being fine young men, have won a few Junior National pickleball titles themselves. And, like so many other pickleball players Alex is excited about the USAPA National Championships being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. “The USAPA National tournament moving to Indian Wells is pretty cool and it should bring great exposure to the sport of pickleball as well as joy to the Coachella Valley – and I know the venue will be amazing.”