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“Pickleball is something that shall stay with me forever”…..

with KADAMBARI PATIL

DOB:              10th August, 1996

State:             Maharashtra

City:               Mumbai

Club:              Maharashtra State Association

Kadambari Patil is one such player who can be regarded as the first-generation of Pickleball players in India. An avid Mumbaikar, Kadambari was a go-happy lucky girl when she first heard of Pickleball.  

“When I was in first year of BFM in M L Dhanukar College, Chetan Kate told me about Pickleball.  I was like what is Pickleball?… I want to play. And I started playing it in 2014. I represented Mumbai at the state level in the same year. That is how my Pickleball journey started.” 

Kadambari’s journey started with some of her mates in M L Dhanukar College, also the alma matter of Sunil Valavalkar. It was a prominent centre of Pickleball at that time with Chetan Kate being instrumental in making the game popular in that college. He made his own team of players that acted as a base for Pickleball in India. This team not only played but went all out to promote the game.

“I had seen the initial struggles of Pickleball. We, as a team, went to different societies, schools, other educational institutes etc to demonstrate the game. There was always some dilemma regarding the acceptance of the game by the people. While some accepted, others rejected us. In this way our journey continued. And during this journey, our bonding became very strong which is still intact.”

Kadambari has been one of the most popular players in domestic circuit. After finishing college she has joined Hudl India, the company that builds powerful and flexible tools for sports video analysis. Although professionally quite busy, she always dedicates her time for Pickleball. She loves the game and it has turned into a passion for her.

“I feel the ‘great fun’ in Pickleball and so I am addicted to play. It is through this sport that I got a little bit of recognition throughout the country.”

After having some famous wins in domestic circuit, Kadambari Patil now wants to conquer the international front. She will be representing India in the German Open in Essen in July 2019. Her dream is to represent more for her country and also to keep on participating actively in the Indian Pickleball movement.

“From the beginning, I am involved in promoting the game. And in the future too I want to keep on promoting. I am always there for Pickleball.”

 Kadambari Patil sees life as an adventure and in that escapade she has her bike and her Pickleball. On the fast-paced track with her bike she wants to give her life a new ‘Pickleball’ meaning.

“Pickleball has given me some precious moments of my life. I have made friends and they have become family to me. I explored new places because of this game. It has given me many things in my life. So I never want to leave it and spend the rest of my life with it.”

MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS

DISTRICT LEVEL

Bronze in Women’s Doubles at 2nd Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2014

Silver in Mixed Doubles at 2nd Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2014

Bronze in Women’s Doubles at 3rd Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2015

Silver in Women’s Singles at 3rd Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2015

Silver in Mixed Doubles at 4th Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2016

Gold in Mixed Doubles at 5th Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2017

Gold in Women’s Doubles at 5th Mumbai District Pickleball Championship, 2017

STATE LEVEL

Gold at 4th State-level Pickleball Chamionship, 2014

NATIONAL LEVEL

Bronze at 2nd National Pickleball Championship, 2014

INTERNATIONAL LEVEL

5th Place at 1st Indian Open Pickleball Championship, 2017

7th Place at 2nd Indian Open Pickleball Championship, 2018

OPEN TOURNAMENT

Silver at 1st Mumbai Open Pickleball Championship, 2017

Bronze at 2nd Jalgaon Open Pickleball Championship, 2018

Silver at 2nd Mumbai Open Pickleball Championship, 2018

Bronze at 1st Women Pickleball Championship, 2018

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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