Jennifer Lucore

About Jennifer


Jennifer Lucore shares her pickleball adventures, tips, play internationally, and of course the FUN!

August 2022, CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley and Jennifer Lucore

Jennifer is a professional pickleball player, a global ambassador, and a 2019 Inductee into the Pickleball Hall of Fame (Yep, there is such a thing 🙂  it’s news) and USA Pickleball historian. Her numerous GOLD medal championships include 17-time USA Pickleball Nationals, 11-time Canadian Nationals, 6-time Huntsman World Senior Games, 6-time International Tournaments, 4-time Tournament of Champions, and many golds at the US Open Pickleball Championships and pro tours. She is also known to have her sidekick, doubles partner, Alex Hamner around her, for together they have achieved 5 USA Open/Pro National Championships (2011 – 2014, 2016).

In March 2018 she coauthored, with her mom, the sport’s first-ever history book: The History of Pickleball – More Than 50 Years of Fun!

Jennifer Lucore is the sport’s first “sponsored” pickleball player. In 2012 she was “sponsored” to play for Pickle-Ball Inc. of Seattle, WA. At that time, a few players could also be considered sponsored although they (or their parents) owned a paddle or ball manufacturing company.

Jennifer is an influencer, an international pickleball blogger and continues to help pickleball grow – currently:

  • USA Pickleball Ambassador at Large (since June 2015)
  • USA Pickleball Historian. Assisting the media with their research of pickleball history (got to make sure they get it right! and yes, the sport was named after the dog Pickles)
  • Board of Director – Naples Pickleball Center (“Pickleball Capital of the World”)
  • Board of Director – Naples JBB UNITED, the first team of the new senior (age 50 and better) league – National Pickleball League

Watch and hear Jennifer through the years at Pickleball Videos and Podcasts and a few more:

Jennifer Lucore’s first exposure to pickleball was in 2007 when she was vacationing with her family and met up with her parents, Bob and Bev Youngren, in Bend, OR, for a fun family tournament. There she saw how all ages can compete and have a great time together. She attended the very first USAPA Nationals in 2009 for a mini-vacation, and to just watch her parents compete. In 2010 she started playing and from there caught the love and passion for the game and the people that play.

Through pickleball, Jennifer has been able to teach, travel, and meet new friends all around the USA; and internationally in Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Europe, Spain, Singapore, and Thailand. In 2022 Malaga, Spain and 2023 Madrid, Spain, both pickleball tours. 

Her personal life: married with two daughters, and a SENIOR pickleball professional (pickleball senior is age 50+) Woohoo!  Her hometown courts are Melba Bishop Park in Oceanside, CA.  Read more about Jennifer’s accomplishments here!

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