2023 PHOF Inductee

Jennifer Dawson

Competitor

Jennifer Dawson

CITIZENSHIP: USA

BORN: January 6, 1967, in Seoul, Korea

PLAYS: Right-handed

EDUCATION:

  • Poway High School, Poway, California
  • BA in Business Administration, University of San Diego, San Diego, California

MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • Co-owner of the Bobby Riggs Racket and Paddle Club with her husband Steve Dawson.
  • Pickleball and Tennis Coach
  • Raising money through her club to support charitable organizations like Feeding San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital, James Blake Cancer Foundation, and the Spay Neuter Society.

Jennifer Dawson is the world’s first-ever Triple Crown professional pickleball champion by winning singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the same 2017 Minto U.S. Open. She boasts a standout playing career and record, winning over 20 U.S. Open, National, and Tournament of Champions singles and doubles championship titles. Dawson is equally renowned for cultivating over a three-decade-long career as both a pickleball and tennis coach. The San Diego, California native is the owner of the Bobby Riggs Racket and Paddle Centre in California, together with her husband, Steve Dawson.

Background

Jennifer Dawson grew up in San Diego playing Junior tennis. She attended Poway High School where she won the CIF Singles Championship. Jennifer accepted a full tennis scholarship to the University of San Diego where she played #1 Singles and Doubles for all four years. During Jennifer’s Senior year at USD, she received the Western Regional Senior Player of the Year Award. She was also a finalist for the NCAA Division 1 Senior Player of the Year. After college, Jennifer married her husband Steve, who she’s been married to since 1989.

Jennifer played the WTA Tour for just one year and was ranked 400 in the world. Shortly after that year, Jennifer started her family. Following a ten year break from tennis, Jennifer resumed playing again. She started with league tennis and progressed to competing in tournaments. Jennifer was the National 30 Women’s Champion, National 35 Women’s Champion, Women’s 40 National Tennis Champion, and World Women’s 45 Champion. She was chosen to play on five World Cup tennis teams representing the USA. She was fortunate enough to go to Turkey, Australia, San Diego, Croatia, and South Africa to represent the US. She fell in love with pickleball in 2015, and that is where her heart remains.

On Cover of Pickleball Magazine

USA Pickleball Nationals 2018

Playing in San Diego 2023

With Dayne Gingrich – 2023 Nationals Mixed Sr Pro Gold

Tournament of Champions

COMPETITION AND AWARDS RECOGNITION:

2015 USAPA Nationals VII

  • Women’s Doubles 19+ Silver (with Cammy MacGregor)

2016 USAPA Nationals VIII

  • Women’s Doubles 35+ Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2017 USAPA Nationals

  • Women’s Doubles 5.0, 35+ Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Open Silver
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Open Silver (with Bonnie Williams)

2017 Minto US Open

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Steve Dawson)
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Gigi LeMaster)
  • Women’s Doubles 45+ Gold (with Laura Fenton Kovanda)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold

2018 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Women’s Singles Sr Open Silver
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Open Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)
  • Women’s Doubles 5.0, 50+ Bronze (with Cammy MacGregor)

2018 Minto US Open

  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Gigi LeMaster)
  • Mixed Doubles 35+ Silver (with Jeffrey Warnick)
  • Women’s Doubles 50+ Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Silver

2018 TOC (Tournament of Champions)

  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold
  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Silver (with Steve Dawson)
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2019 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro 50+ Bronze (with Cammy MacGregor)
  • Mixed Doubles 5.0, 50+ Gold (with Paul Olin)
  • Women’s Doubles 5.0, 50+ Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2019 Minto US Open

  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)
  • Women’s Doubles 50+ Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold

2019 TOC (Tournament of Champions)

  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Silver
  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Bronze (with Mills Miller)
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2021 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Dayne Gingrich)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2021 Minto US Open

  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold

2021 TOC (Tournament of Champions)

  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2022 Margaritaville USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro 50+ Silver (with Dayne Gingrich)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro 50+ Gold
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro 50+ Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2022 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Dayne Gingrich)
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Cammy MacGregor)

2022 TOC (Tournament of Champions)

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Dayne Gingrich)
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Silver (with Anna Shirley)

2023 Minto US Open Pickleball Championships

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Bronze (with Dayne Gingrich)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold

2023 Biofreeze USA Pickleball National Championships

  • Mixed Doubles Sr Pro Gold (with Dayne Gingrich)
  • Women’s Singles Sr Pro Gold
  • Women’s Doubles Sr Pro Bronze (with Christy Domoracki)