Hi Jen, I loved watching you and Alex (Hamner) play pickleball a few weeks age – taking home the GOLD. I have questions:
I’ve been playing pickleball now for one year. I have been playing with different partners. When I register for a tournament I’m always looking for someone.
- How did you and Alex become partners?
- What did you look for in a partner?
- How many times a week do you and Alex practice together?
As you know I’m a cyclist, I’m passionate about my sport. I have become very passionate about pickleball. Like cycling, I practiced or play pickleball every day.
– Julie, Scottsdale, AZ
Hello Julie, always great to see you, thanks for cheering Alex and me on. 2015 Grand Canyon Games was the third anniversary of our meeting you. I am adding our photo to this post, because look how far you have come. You were proudly wearing your Live Strong jacket, and boy have you survived! So proud of YOU!
Thanks for your pickleball questions and here’s my answers for you and by the way I double checked my story with Alex so you’ll have both our input. 🙂
Alex and I met years ago on the tennis court. We were both getting back into tennis and the tennis club pro put us together as a team for a local club league. Instantly we had a blast, similar skills, competiveness and humor – all important characteristics for choosing a great partner in my opinion. Now, I can’t get rid of her, HA!
I don’t think there is an exact list of what one looks for in a partner, because players search for different things in a partnership, EXCEPT for the obvious – the ideal partner can create winners, makes no errors, can keep score and is pleasant to be around. Seriously though, if you find a partner that has a complementary skill set to yours and with whom you communicate well on court, it’s likely you’ll both enjoy playing with each other.
How many times a week do I play? Well that depends on a few things… My work schedule, who’s available to play and if there is a tournament coming up. I average three times a week, and usually that is 2 1/2 – 3 hours of constant doubles play. The guys aren’t much for social time or chit chat, so with an even numbered group we rotate around after each game, then game on again!
As for Alex’s play…. At the time of writing this blog post – March 13… Alex is deep into her job of taxes, working 10+ hours a day until April 15th… And then April 16th I say she’s out of tax jail and can come play pickleball with me. 🙂