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 13 USAPA National crowns in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
At the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships, Alex took home gold with partner Scott Moore in Mixed Doubles 55+ and silver in Women’s Doubles 50+ with her good friend Jennifer Lucore. The duo teamed up at the 2019 US Open and tied for a gold medal in Women’s Doubles 45+ when the match was called due to lightening in the Naples, Florida area. Alex would also win a bronze medal with Tyler Loong in Mixed Doubles 25+ at the Open.
A regular contributor to Pickleball Magazine with Jennifer via their column, “Around the Post” and an occasional live-feed commentator for USAPA, Alex has also worked with PickleballChannel.com to help grow the sport she loves. “I believe the big growth spurt pickleball is currently enjoying will continue for years to come as more and more courts are built. There are numerous reasons for this growth including pickleball enthusiasts on social media and those who travel around the globe, but it’s really just because pickleball is so dang fun! I hope the growth continues at an accelerated rate, and it would be awesome for 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. It’s actually more important to me that those fundamentals be retained than for pickleball to be in the Olympics, but I don’t see why both can’t happen!!”
A graduate of Cal State University 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 for its second year. “The USAPA National tournament at Indian Wells is pretty cool for both pickleball and the Coachella Valley – and I know the venue will be even more amazing this year than it was in 2018.”