"JoAnne Russell, 61, won the Wimbledon doubles championship with partner Helen Gourlay in 1977, upsetting the top seeded team of Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove in the final and the No. 2 seeded duo of Chris Evert and Rosie Casals in the first round. She played professionally for 13 years and is now a teaching professional at Linville Ridge in Linville, NC and Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, FL, but tennis is not her only sport. Russell also plays pickleball.
Russell recently competed in the first-ever US OPEN Pickleball Championships held April 26 through May 1, 2016, in Naples, Florida, winning the gold medal with Dominic Catalano in the 4.5 Mixed Doubles Skill Group defeating Kristen Meyer and Archie Adams, 11-2, 11-7 and the bronze medal with Nancy Robertson in the 60+ Women’s Doubles Age Group defeating Jo Ellen Southerland and Ann Penstone, 11-4, 11-1."
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