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5.0 Player and native of Naples, FL.
She’s won multiple gold medals including one at the 2017 Minto
US Open Pickleball Championships with a very interesting twist.
A former pro tennis player, JoAnne won the Women’s Doubles
title at Wimbledon in 1977. Playing with first-time partner
Helen Gourlay, they defeated Chris Evert and Rosie Casals in the first round,
and they defeated Martina Navratilova and Betty Stove in the final.
She was a tennis commentator for NBC, ESPN and the USA
Network during the 80’s. JoAnne started playing
pickleball in 2015. At the 2017 Minto US Open
Pickleball Championships, she won two gold medals with first-time
partner Gee Gee Garvin. And, in an interesting turn of events, she won
an additional gold with a very unique partner. -RUSTY: Hey, everybody, it’s Rusty from Pickleball
Channel, and I am super excited to be here at the Minto US Open Pickleball Championships
with Jack Munro and JoAnne Russell who just won gold,
get this, in the 5.0 Mixed 19-49. Jack Munro, what
are you the youngest? -JACK: Youngest 5.0. -RUSTY: At how old?
-JACK: 12. -RUSTY: And how about you? What, how is your age currently, if you want to share with the audience?
-JOANNE: Well, I’m 62, so I’m the oldest in this 19-49 group.
-RUSTY: It is a sport for all generations. And we made a little joke because you
won Wimbledon in 1977 before you were what? -JACK: Born.
-ANNOUNCER: Currently teaching tennis and pickleball in Naples and North Carolina, JoAnne Russell proves
that the title champion knows no age.
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