National Pickleball Championship: Uttar Pradesh Team Wins Bronze in Men’s 40+ Category


Uttar Pradesh’s pickleball team delivered another impressive performance at the 2nd National Pickleball Championship in Indore, Madhya Pradesh where Prabhat Mani Vats from Noida took a bronze medal in the 40+ age group for men.

Aman Grover, general secretary of the Uttar Pradesh State Pickleball Association, said of the team’s performance during the tournament that they hope to finish 2022 with many more medals under their belt.

“The UP team is extremely excited about his performance. I still remember the day pickleball started in Noida in September 2021. The state has great talent and it is time to roll up our sleeves and deliver. We are seeing an influx of about 200 plus players from Uttar Pradesh in this quarter,” Grover told ABP Live.

Prabhat, who picked up pickleball during the Covid-19 period and has been playing for the past one year, told ABP Live that he was determined to promote and take the game to the next level in upcoming tournaments across India and abroad. .

Prabhat Mani Vats from Noida won a bronze medal

For the uninitiated, pickleball, a combination of badminton, tennis and table tennis (TT), is an American sport that is gaining immense popularity in India. Played with a paddle and wiffle ball (perforated plastic ball with 2-40 holes), pickleball is now played in 18 states and has more than 15,000 registered players, according to the AIPA.

As with other racket sports, the goal in pickleball is to win a point after rallying against your opponent. However, a team only scores points while serving.

The sport of paddle was invented in 1965 as a childhood backyard game on Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA by three friends.

Pickleball’s trip from Washington to India came about after Sunil Valavalkar of Mumbai saw families play during his visits to Canada in 1999 and later in 2006. Two years later, in 2008, he founded the All India Pickleball Association (AIPA).

The game was picked up in Uttar Pradesh after Valavalkar came to Noida’s Prateek Laurel Society to give a demonstration of the sport, which is easy to learn and played in all disciplines — singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

Since then, there has been no looking back, and people of all ages, from eight to eighty, and genders have shown tremendous interest in the sport, which is played on a badminton court over a 36 inch high net, in Uttar Pradesh.



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