Former Junior Wimbledon champion takes up pickleball just weeks after leaving tennis

Former American tennis player and Junior Wimbledon champion Noah Rubin has announced his entry into pickleball, just weeks after his retirement from tennis.

In a witty video posted on his social media, Rubin briefly explained his struggles which made him switch sports.

“I’ve spent years trying to perfect a craft that has seemed impossible at times. I’ve spent countless hours in the gym, on the road, even on court,” he added. “It had been an uphill battle where the challenges seemed insurmountable.”

The American, who is listed as 175 cm or 5’9” tall, also said that he felt he was too short for a sport like tennis and that he faced many challenges. He called pickleball a sport where “size doesn’t matter”.

“Even after it was shouted in my face I didn’t get it. But it was the truth and I was finally ready to accept it. I’m short – yes it’s hard to say it out loud but it’s the truth – and the tennis court is way too big, there’s way too much ground to cover. I recently came across the pickleball court, and it clicked, this is where I belong, this is home now. And in this sport, size doesn’t matter,” he said, with a humorous connotation.

Pickleball, which is often described as a fusion between tennis, ping-pong and badminton, has been rising in popularity in the US for a couple of years and now has three professional leagues – Major League Pickleball (MLP), the Association of Pickleball Professionals (APP) and the Professional Pickleball Association (PPA).

“I knew the sport was growing and there was potential there, but I wasn’t really sure about it until we started hitting that day,” Rubin said, speaking about the shift.

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