2020 PHOF Inductee

Alex Hamner

Competitor

Alex Hamner

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN: September 29, 1963 in Loma Linda, California

PLAYS: Right-handed

EDUCATION:

  • Oceanside High School, Oceanside, California
  • Bachelor of Science, Accountancy, California State University, Long Beach

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

A regular contributor to Pickleball Magazine with Jennifer Lucore via their column, “Around the Post” and an occasional live-feed commentator for tournaments, Alex has also worked with PickleballChannel.com as an advisor, contributor, and commentator to help grow the sport she loves. In addition, Alex was on the founding board of the International Pickleball Teachers Professional Association (IPTPA), which developed teaching standards for the sport of pickleball.

2014 Pickleball Rocks Player(s) of the Year (doubles team with Jennifer Lucore).

Awarded two “John A. Gullo Award Rings” in 2019 for her accomplishments at the Tournament of Champions. Inducted into the Pickleball Hall of Fame in 2020.

Background

Alex grew up in a tennis-playing family but played collegiate field hockey where her team reached #4 in the country. In the summer of 1984 Alex won her first ever gold medal – when her women’s team won the Disneyland Cast Member Olympics in the canoe races around Tom Sawyer Island. 😊 When Alex was 30 she started playing tennis again, and a few years later met Jennifer Lucore who became her doubles partner. A decade or so after that Alex and Jennifer started playing pickleball … and the rest is history!

Alex resides in Carlsbad, CA where she and her husband of over 30 years have a small accounting practice. She has two sons who, as well as being fine young men, each have several Junior Pickleball National Championship titles to their names! Alex shares one additional important thing: #itwasthedog

COMPETITION AND AWARDS RECOGNITION:

2010 USAPA National Tournament

  • Open Mixed Doubles Silver (with Tony Negrete)

2011 USAPA National Tournament

  • Open Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

2012 USAPA National Tournament

  • Open Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

2013 USAPA National Tournament

  • Women’s Doubles 35+ Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Open Women’s Singles Gold
  • Open Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

2013 Tournament of Champions

  • Open Women’s Doubles Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Silver (with Dan Gabanek)

2014 USAPA Nationals VI

  • Women’s Doubles 35+ Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Sr Open Women’s Singles Gold
  • Open Mixed Doubles Silver (with Matthew Blom)
  • Open Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Mixed Doubles 35+ Bronze (with Matthew Blom)

2014 Tournament of Champions

  • Open Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Open Mixed Doubles Bronze (with Matthew Blom)
  • Open Women’s Singles Gold
  • Legends

2015 USAPA Nationals VII

  • Women’s Singles 50+ Silver
  • Women’s Doubles 35+ Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Sr Open Women’s Singles Bronze
  • Mixed Doubles 50+ Bronze (with Brian Staub)

2015 Tournament of Champions

  • Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Masters Open

2016 US Open Pickleball Championships

  • Mixed Doubles 30+ Gold (with Wesley Gabrielsen)
  • Women’s Doubles 50+ Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Women’s Doubles Pro Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)

2016 Tournament of Champions

  • Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Legends Open
  • Mixed Doubles Silver (with Scott Clayson)
  • Legends Open

2016 USAPA Nationals VIII

  • Women’s Doubles 50+ Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Sr Open Mixed Doubles Silver (with Brian Staub)
  • Sr Open Women’s Doubles Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

2017 US Open Pickleball Championships

  • Women’s Doubles 50+ Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Mixed Doubles 50+ Gold (with Scott Moore)
  • Sr Women’s Doubles Pro Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

2017 Pickleball Canada National Tournament

  • Women’s Doubles Open Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Mixed Doubles Bronze (with Scott Clayson)
  • Sr Open 50+

2017 Tournament of Champions PPF

  • Mixed Doubles Gold (with Scott Moore)
  • Sr Pro Open
  • Women’s Doubles Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Senior Pro Open

2017 USAPA National Championships IX

  • Women’s Doubles 50+ 5.0 Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Mixed Doubles 50+ 5.0 Gold (with Scott Moore)
  • Sr Open Women’s Doubles Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)
  • Sr Open Mixed Doubles Silver (with Scott Moore)

2018 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

  • Women’s Doubles 50+ Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

2018 Tournament of Champions

  • Sr Mixed Doubles Pro Bronze (with Scott Moore)
  • Sr Women’s Doubles Pro Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)

2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships X

  • Mixed Doubles 5.0 55+ Gold (with Scott Moore)
  • Women’s Doubles 5.0 50+ Silver (with Jennifer Lucore)

2019 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

  • Mixed Doubles 25+ Bronze (with Tyler Loong)
  • Women’s Doubles 45+ T-Gold (with Jennifer Lucore)

2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships XI

  • Women’s Doubles 5.0 50+ Bronze (with Jennifer Lucore)

2020 PPA Championship

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Bronze (with Kevin Booth)