Cammy MacGregor and Brian Staub play Scott Moore and Kris Anderson in the seniors mixed doubles gold medal match during the 2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championship at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday Nov. 8, 2018.
One of a growing number of former professional tennis players transitioning into the sport of pickleball, Cammy MacGregor enjoyed a successful tennis career in singles and doubles. Once ranked 75th in the world in singles, Cammy earned a spot in the fourth round at the 1989 Australian Open where she eventually lost to Zina Garrison and at the 1991 Australian Open, Cammy and her sister Cynthia reached the Quarterfinals in doubles also the Quarterfinals in Mixed Doubles. Cammy won three doubles titles, including the WTA’s Taipei Women’s Championships in 1987, teaming up with her older sister, Cynthia. In 1992, Cammy was ranked 38th in the world in doubles. “The transition to pickleball has a lot of similarities to tennis especially playing doubles. You still have to communicate with your partner, move with your partner, move your feet and stay focused on every point. The hard part was learning the rules of the kitchen, the scoring and the crazy patience it takes to gruel out of some of those 50 + shot dinking points.”
Currently, Cammy is a tennis and pickleball instructor at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad and quickly has enjoyed a high level of success in the game. This year, she captured gold medals in Senior Women’s Doubles with partner Jennifer Dawson at the Tournament of Champions. She also won a silver medal in Senior Women’s Singles Pro at the TOC. At the US Open, Cammy won gold in Senior Women’s Pro Singles, Mixed Doubles 50+ with Brian Staub, Women’s Doubles 50+ with Dawson and silver in the Senior Open Women’s Doubles with Laura Fenton Kovanda. She is also a two-time gold medal winner in Women’s Doubles 35+ with Jennifer Dawson at the USAPA National Championships. “Pickleball is going to continue its growth as it has the past several years. More and more tennis facilities are adding pickleball courts and cities are adding courts for public access across the country. Tournaments are now adding prize money for the pro’s and at this point I do not see anything stopping pickleball from becoming an Olympic sport in the future.”
Fans will now be able to see one of tennis’ finest women players hit the courts at Indian Wells as the talent level in the world of pickleball continues to ascend to new heights.