Monday, April 25, 2016
"Many tennis players are finding pickleball right up their alley, especially when injuries begin to take a toll on their tennis abilities.
JoAnne Russell won the Wimbledon doubles championship with partner Helen Gourlay, upsetting the top seeded team of Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove in the final. In the first round, Russell and Gourlay upset the No. 2 seeded duo of Chris Evert and Rosie Casals. She played professionally for 13 years, so Russell knows a thing or two about top-level competition. Now a teaching pro at Grey Oaks Country Club, Russell began playing pickleball last January when a member of the club began inquiring about the sport. She decided to take a crash course in pickleball, working out at Fleischmann Park under the tutelage of Jim Stuckey and Jerry Pershing. She's now an accomplished player, and will compete in four events at the U.S. Open."
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