MELBOURNE – For those new to the sport of pickleball, Sarah Ansboury may not be a household name – but it should be.

Some may remember her as a professional tennis player, USPTA teacher and NCAA coach, but in 2014 she discovered pickleball and was instantly hooked. Since then she has been a four-time medal winner at the USAPA National Tournament; including gold in the women’s doubles competition. Then she added five medals, including two gold, at the 2017 US Pickleball Open.

Despite a rigorous training schedule for this year's US Pickleball Open to be played in Naples from Saturday, April 21, through Saturday, April 28, Ms. Ansboury found the time to visit the pickleball center at Lamplighter Village, 500 Lantern Blvd., for three days of clinics, classes and advanced training for this year’s event. She was joined by local pros who came from across the state to train with her for the US Open.

Reportedly the fastest-growing sport in the country, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, and the “boomer generation” has been joining in the fun across the country.

Lamplighter Village, with the largest private community sports complex on the Space Coast, works with the USA Pickleball Association to help sponsor beginner orientations, tournaments and advanced clinics in Brevard County.

For more on the US Pickleball Open, go to http://usopenpickleballchampionship.com.

To follow Ms. Ansboury visit: https://www.sarahansboury.com.

For more information about Lamplighter Village, call (321) 254-0303 or go to http://www.cal-am.com/communities/lamplighter-village/.

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