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“Pickleball has those distinct qualities that keep me fit”…..

with Madhulika Choudhary

DOB:              30th August 1997

State:             Rajasthan

City:               Sikar

Club:              VDN & Playard

“I used to play Lawn Tennis in Jaipur’s Vidhyadhar Nagar Stadium. At that time the trials for 4th Senior National Pickleball Tournament were going on in the stadium and Rajasthan needed Pickleball players. Niraj Sharma, who also played Tennis, approached and introduced me to Pickleball. He encouraged me to participate in the trials. That was the first time I picked up a paddle, practiced for some days and later gave trial. I got selected and represented my state in the Nationals. Even I won silver in my first tournament.” 

Madhulika Choudhary thus started her Pickleball journey in 2016. Luckily for her, that year the National Tournament was slated to be held at Jaipur. She was immensely helped by other players and officials of Rajasthan who stood united to make the Nationals a grand success.    

Madhulika’s life, at the same time, has been coursed in a specific direction. She is focused now on two things- one is to become a college professor and the other is to keep on playing Pickleball as much as she can.

“I am preparing for various government examinations for which I need tremendous concentration. This is where Pickleball has played a vital part in my life. It has increased my focus wonderfully and also keeps me fit to take the stress of different competitive examinations.”

Madhulika is on a balancing act. Her studies are complemented perfectly by her Pickleball. But what has helped her most is her punctuality. Megha Kapoor, her doubles partner, reflected, “She reaches the stadium before everyone for practice. Dedication towards practice is a very good quality.”

Madhulika Choudhary has improved her game a lot. She has also a very good quality of self analysis.

“I am basically a doubles player and always prefer a right-handed partner who can dink in major style. I have strong smashes, so I always like to play with someone who play a soft game.”

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Silver in Women’s Doubles in 4th Senior National Pickleball Tournament 2016
  • Gold in Women’s Doubles in Federation Cup 2017
  • Gold in Women’s Double in 5th Senior National Pickleball Tournament 2018
  • Gold in Women’s Doubles in Spanish Open Pickleball Tournament 2018
  • Gold in Mixed Doubles in 1st Jaipur Open Pickleball Tournament 2019
  • Silver in Women’s Doubles in 1st Jaipur Open Pickleball Tournament 2019

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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  1. I am proud of the things you did Madhuuu… Even the bumps and bruises that you’ve had on the way. You fell down, you got up, you brushed yourself off and you kept going. And that’s what we are proud of…

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