Home PICKLEBALL “Pickleball has made my outlook broader and more global”

“Pickleball has made my outlook broader and more global”







DOB:              9th April, 1975

State:             Maharashtra

City:               Mumbai

Club:              ClubMK

Sunil Joshi started playing Pickleball in 2014. It was around spring that year when Sunil Valavalkar gave a demonstration of the game at Mangal Kripa Society, located in the busy Goregaon area of Mumbai. The residents were initially quite reluctant to witness the demonstration, as to them the name “Pickleball was so depressing”. Sunil Joshi, a resident of Mangal Kripa, was one in that group who watched the primary session of Pickleball.

“Sunil Valavalkar sir was so convinced with the game and insisted us to watch the demo at least. And when we watched it, we fell in love with this game,”

Since then Joshi is in love with the game. There is a group of ‘Pickleball Buddies’ in his society who regularly practices in a specially-made court. After a day’s hard work in his Tax Consultancy Firm, it is Pickleball that de-stresses him.

“While playing the game I really forget all the tensions and stress of day-to-day life. We practice whenever we get time and this has increased our bonding as well.”

Sunil Joshi has participated in multiple tournaments on national front. He has become a seasoned doubles player who has the ability to adapt to the slow game. Joshi is extremely patient on court with a level head. This, added to his gentle personality, has made him a reliable doubles partner to many other players.

“The connectivity with people throughout India has increased a lot after I started playing Pickleball.”

Sunil Joshi wants to develop consistently as a player. So he uses those equipment that suits him the most. Joshi uses Prolite Rebel and Supernova Pro while playing.

“It is extremely important to choose the right gear. Your hand and mind should have the perfect coordination.”  

But at the same time he wants to promote Pickleball as much as he can so that other people can experience the benefits of Pickleball which he got.


  • 2nd Runner-up in the 1st Open Pickleball Tournament 2015
  • Winner in Mumbai Suburban Pickleball Tournament 2016-17
  • Runner-up in Tournament by Invitation at Khar Gynkhana, Mumbai in 2016
  • 2nd Runner-up in 7th Maharashtra State Pickleball Tournament in 2018
  • Runner-up in Mumbai Open Pickleball Tournament in 2018
  • Successfully organized Unseeded Pickleball Tournament 2018 and 1st J N Open Pickleball Tournament 2018
Previous articleBainbridge Cup 2019 and German Open- Team Asia to be led by Indian ace Manish Rao
Next articleFrom streets, aiming for Lord’s- Before their big brothers, 16 children travel to London to savour Street Child Cricket World Cup
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’.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here