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“Pickleball has helped me to gain recognition amongst the best players…….”

with Shreejit Nair

DOB:                      29th July 1998

State:                    Maharashtra

City:                       Mumbai

Club:                     JMDYC

Being a typical Mumbai boy, Cricket ran in blood of Shreejit Nair. He played Cricket from childhood and grew up with a dream to play professional Cricket. And true to his thoughts, Shreejit now plays Cricket for Mumbai Cricket Association. But now there is another sport that keeps him occupied.   

“Pickleball came to me on a fine day when Manish Rao along with Manoh Jadav displayed the game in our society with some basic paddles and balls. In the beginning the feel of the paddle hitting the ball was quite different from other racket games. But soon I got used to it and started enjoying it. Being a Badminton player it was easy for me to cope up.”

Shreejit Nair has become a regular Pickleball player. Being a resident of Jal Mangal Deep Society has become an added advantage for players like Shreejit. JMD has an extensive sports culture where residents whole-heartedly participate in different sporting activities giving the youth and children utmost encouragement to play various sports.

“Pickleball has now become an everyday sport for me. Form 8pm – 10pm, everyday literally we play Pickleball. For that thanks to our Youth Club for making 2 wonderful courts for players like usto practice daily and improve our game for the future.”

This daily practice of Pickleball in JMD is making its Pickleball players polished and competitive. They are playing different tournaments throughout India and are winning medals too. Shreejit Nair is one such players who often has podium finishes in tournaments.  

“Pickleball has helped me to gain recognition amongst the best players and also has created a good bonding with them. And yes the fitness level has tremendously increased. I need to improve my slow game and accurate dinking as well. I am looking forward to play as many tournaments as possible in India and international also.”

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Bronze in Men’s Doubles at 1st Unseeded Mumbai Suburban District Open, 2018
  • Bronze in Men’s Doubles at RYP Pickleball Tournament, 2018
  • Bronze in Men’s Doubles at 19th Parle Mahotsav, 2018
  • Member of the gold-medal winning team at Avenger’s Pickleball League, 2019
  • Gold in Mixed Doubles at 1st JMDYC Open, 2019
  • Bronze in Men’s Doubles at Indian Open Season 3, 2020

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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