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“Pickleball has improved my patience and that is helping in playing the net game quite accurately…….”

with Aditya Ruhela

DOB:                      19th April 2002

State:                    Rajasthan

City:                       Jaipur

Club:                     VDN Club

Aditya Ruhela is just 18. He is undecided about his future with Pickleball. But presently Aditya, who is also a Lawn Tennis player, is taking Pickleball seriously.

“I have been playing Tennis quite for sometime but Pickleball has helped me in my life. It has made me more patient and helped me in taking right decission. This improved my game of Tennis as I am a better net player now.”

There has been always a connection between Pickleball and Lawn Tennis in Aditya’s life. His first brush with Pickleball also happened through Tennis.

“One day when I was playing Tennis, the string of my racket tore. As there was no extra racket in my kit bag, I had no option to continue the game for that day. Just by the side of our Tennis court, I often saw a sport being played which was somewhat similar to Tennis. I never played it as I was always short of time after my regular practice. But that day, after my Tennis racket hiccup, I thought of giving that sport a try. And that’s how I started playing Pickleball.”

True to his name, (Aditya means ‘Sun’), Aditya is shining brightly in Indian Pickleball. He is regarded as one of the best young players India is having now in Pickleball. His recent success in different tournaments speaks about him.

“I am in 12th standard and get limited time for practice. Moreover I play both Tennis and Pickleball; therefore I have to divide my playing time between the two sports. So I am not sure what to pursue in the future. But presently I am aiming to play at Pro-Pickleball level. There’s a lot to improve, especially my physical strength. Competing at the Pro level shall require a lot of stamina and perfect fitness.”

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Bronze in Men’s Singles at Jaipur Open in Jaipur, 2019
  • Silver in U-19 Boy’s Doubles at 1st AIPA- RYP All India Ranking Tournament in Pune, 2019
  • Silver in Advanced Men’s Doubles at 1st AIPA- RYP All India Ranking Tournament in Pune, 2019
  • Gold in 19+ Advanced Singles at Indian Open in Jaipur, 2020
  • Gold in Under 19 Mixed Doubles at Indian Open in Jaipur, 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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