It began with lunch. Two friends at Hajime-Sushi in Harrison, New York, were talking about one of their favorite sports. Nothing unusual in that, right? But then one of them floated the idea of starting a website for like-minded enthusiasts. The other looked up from his Toku-Jo and said, “Let’s do it.”Paddleplayer.com was born.
That was nearly a year ago. Since then, paddleplayer.com has become the website to visit for all things platform tennis. It features articles written by the sport’s most knowledgeable players and followers, video tips from pros, and full coverage of all major paddle tournaments and events — all with the goal of promoting the sport and helping players at all levels improve their game. It has the most recognizable names in the sport — Mark Parson, Alex Bancila, and Johan duRandt — sharing their knowledge, tips, and opinions through instructional articles, editorials, and videos.
The response has far exceeded expectations. More and more people participate in our monthly raffles of platform tennis gear. The latest, for example, highlights the new partnership with PT Pro Ball. Paddleplayer.com is now the exclusive distributor of the PT Pro Ball and PT Pro warm-weather ball — perfect for paddle all-year long. Its new line of Dri-fit and cotton shirts with the PaddlePlayer.com logo is also apparently a hit.
What started over sushi has turned into an enterprise. Its goal is to become the platform tennis world’s leading source of information, products, and services. In the coming months, visitors to the site will see more editorial and video pieces geared toward preparation and training for the upcoming season, and which teams to watch. It will also continue to expand on our paddle profiles of how and why everyday players, current pros, and even former top professional tennis players became involved in the sport.
Visit www.paddleplayer.com and register to receive the most up-to-date information and e-blasts. Visitors to Facebook can “like” its page and send in photos for Paddleplayer shirt sightings.