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“Pickleball has made my parents speak proudly about me…..”

with Ashish Ravindra Mahajan

DOB:              2nd March 1996

State:             Maharashtra

City:               Mumbai

Club:              Team CK and Pickleball NX

Ashish Ravindra Mahajan is grateful to Mr Chetan Kate for introducing him to Pickleball. An alumni of M. L Dhanukar College in Mumbai, the initial hub of Pickleball in Mumbai, Ashish first played the sport in his college campus.

“When I got admission in college, Cricket was my favourite sport. But once I was introduced to Pickleball, everything changed. I became addicted to the game. Almost everyday, I play it with my mates. Now it makes me feel that Pickleball is everything for me. I can’t imagine my life without Pickleball. In fact some people know me and my name only because of Pickleball.” 

Ashish is indebted to Pickleball for bringing discipline in his life. He is within a specific routine where he diligently plays Pickleball 3-4 times a week. While playing, he meets several people, goes to many places and thus increases his knowledge on sports. It is also because of Pickleball that he has been chosen by HUDL, the company that builds powerful and flexible tools for sports video analysis, as a sports analyst. 

“When people ask my parents about me, they proudly say that he has represented Maharashtra in national level. I want to represent my country in international tournaments so that they can be prouder.”

Though, Ashish Mahajan has quite a handful of medals in his kitty, yet he knows his weakness.

“I need to improve my fitness as well as my skill level. Moreover, I need to learn the game strategy better. I want to learn it from my seniors who play international tournaments more.”

Practice makes a man perfect. Ashish knows that there is no alternative to practice which would increase his skill and fitness. His plan is to participate in more international-level tournaments.

“Prolite Rebel is my favourite paddle. I also use Prolite Magnum for playing. But I know, whatever may be the paddle, I need to practice continuously. I have to take time off from my busy schedule for practicing. Without that no improvement will be possible for me.”

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

DISTRICT LEVEL

Silver in Men’s Singles at 5th Mumbai District Tournament, 2017

Silver in Men’s Singles at 3rd Mumbai District Tournament, 2015

Bronze in Men’s Singles at District Pickleball Tournament, 2016 

Bronze in Mixed Doubles at District Pickleball Tournament, 2016

STATE LEVEL

Gold in Boy’s Singles at U-19 State Tournament, 2014

Gold in Boy’s Singles at State Tournament, 2016

NATIONAL LEVEL

Bronze in Men’s Singles at 3rd National Pickleball Championship, 2015

Silver in Men’s Singles at Federation Cup, 2075

INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

4th Place in Men’s Doubles at 2nd Indian Open Pickleball Championship, 2018

OPEN TOURNAMENT

Silver in Men’s Doubles at Parle Mahotsav Club, 2018

Silver in Men’s Singles at 1st Mumbai Open Pickleball Championship, 2017

Gold in Men’s Singles at Krushetra College Fest, 2015

Silver in Men’s Singles at Krushetra College Fest, 2014

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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