One of the true veterans of the sport, Sarah Ansboury first started playing pickleball in 2014 and within two short years had captured gold medals in both Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles at the USAPA National Championships. She also had people take notice at the 2016 US Open, winning titles in Women’s and Mixed Doubles. Sarah was a silver and gold medalist at the 2015 Tournament of Champions and medaled four times at last year’s USAPA Nationals. One of them, winning gold in Women’s Doubles with her good friend, Gigi LeMaster.
Born in Turlock, California, Ansboury is currently living in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina where she is the Director of Pickleball and Touring Pro for the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort. Ansboury has been teaching tennis for the past 15 years, but it is the sport of pickleball that has the former NCAA women’s tennis coach hooked. “The easy learning curve of the game pulls players into the sport and keeps them excited, while the entire pickleball community, fully social in its nature helps make them stay.”
Ansboury is bullish on the future of the sport. “The USAPA and PTR – Professional Tennis Registry have formed a strategic alliance to grow the sport of pickleball. The new PTR subsidiary, (PPR) — Professional Pickleball Registry — is the new official education and certification partner of the USAPA and I have agreed to design the PPR’s curriculum and certification programs. I now travel the country working with recreational and advanced players to improve their all-around game technically, mentally, strategically and through improved fitness.”
Another improvement in the sport has been the use of Indian Wells Tennis Garden as the host site for the sport’s pre-eminent tournaments – the USAPA National Championships. “
It means we get to play in one of the most famous tennis venues. For a lot of us, it really means something. But, to have something as big as Indian Wells recognize the growth of pickleball means we are going in the right direction. We keep growing and that’s really all we want.”