Choosing the Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year is always a fun project. But the pick is not made lightly or quickly because there are so many deserving players who impact our great sport on and off the court. We believe this year’s choice is long overdue as we congratulate the dynamic team of Jennifer Lucore and Alex Hamner.
Individually Alex and Jennifer have been almost unbeatable on the courts for years, but together they form the most dominating doubles team the sport of pickleball has ever seen.
Their friendship is always on display off the courts and their chemistry and synchronized movement on the pickleball court is simply unmatched today.
The big tournaments are truly their playground. This year they collected a whopping 9 combined medals at the 2014 USAPA National Tournament, highlighted by winning their 4th consecutive National Open Women’s Doubles title (yes, 4 time National Doubles Champions).
Couple that with winning the last 3 Grand Canyon State Games Open Doubles Gold medals and a wealth of other big tournaments, and you have what is known in the sporting world as a dynasty.
Couldn’t happen to two nicer ladies. Alex and Jennifer epitomize what we look for in our Player of the Year candidates. Not only are they great players on the courts, but they are equally as good for pickleball when they are off the courts.
We are proud to call them friends and congratulate them on their many pickleball accomplishments which now includes “2014 Pickleball Rocks Player of the Year”.
Excellent choice for Pickleball Player of the Year. Jen and Alex are two classy ladies and outstanding players. Thanks for continuing to support this great game and recognizing players like Jen and Alex.