“Now I got nothing” – James Blake welcomes new owner Kim Clijsters to Major League Pickleball by saying he’s not the “best tennis player” in the league anymore

James Blake has welcomed his fellow former tennis participant Kim Clijsters to the league of athletic homeowners of Major League Pickleball with an fun remark highlighting Clijsters’ implausible tennis abilities.

Pickleball is America’s quickest-rising game and has attracted a slew of megastar athlete homeowners like NBA legend LeBron James, former Super Bowl winner Drew Brees and James Blake, amongst others. Meanwhile, Blake and NBA crew Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry personal The Lions, one in all 12 MLP groups this season. MLP is increasing to 16 groups subsequent 12 months.

Since her retirement, Clijsters has performed pickleball steadily with Wall Street bond saleswoman Callie Simpkins and fiscal guide Kaitlyn Kerr. The Belgian has now teamed up with NFL legend Tom Brady to transform the co-owner of a new MLP crew. Simpkins and Kerr will likely be a part of the possession workforce – led by Knighthead Capital Management – as a part of MLP’s enlargement plan for 2023.

Blake tweeted about Clijsters’ arrival on the scene, jokingly lamenting that he’s now not the ‘highest tennis participant’ in the workforce of athlete homeowners in the MLP. He tweeted:

“Welcome to the league Kim Clijsters. I started as the best athlete of the owners. Then Drew Brees came along. But at least I stayed the best tennis player. Now I’ve got nothing.”

Welcome to the league @Clijsterskim I began as the highest athlete of the homeowners. Then @drewbrees got here alongside. But a minimum of I stayed the highest tennis participant. Now I’ve got not anything. @MajorLeaguePB

Pickleball is a game that mixes facets of tennis, badminton and ping-pong and is performed on out of doors badminton-sized courts 44 ft lengthy. An estimated 4.8 million avid gamers performed pickleball remaining 12 months.


“I’m excited at the investment opportunity” – Kim Clijsters

Kim Clijsters (right) is now an MLP co-owner.stated:

“Tom Brady, Kim Clijsters, and Knighthead Capital Management are champions in their fields and can now be champions for Major League Pickleball. What actually shines via in running with those superb people is their interest for the game.”

He endured about the league’s bold plans for pickleball:

“We are overjoyed to welcome them to our unequalled roster of strategic companions, who’re in my opinion and jointly instrumental in serving to us carry skilled pickleball, show off the pleasure it brings to tens of millions of other people round the globe, and extra our ’40 by 30’ marketing campaign – our undertaking to succeed in 40 million pickleball avid gamers by 2030.”

Clijsters, in the meantime, expressed her pleasure at enjoying a component in furthering the approval for pickleball. She stated that she used to be excited to “help shape” the long run of the new and fledgling game.

“Of course, I’m excited at the investment opportunity. But what excites me the most about becoming an MLP owner is that I get to help shape the future of pickleball, a sport I have come to love, with great people – who also happen to be some of my best friends. I’m thrilled to help showcase professional pickleball and make an impact on the sport through my experience gained in the top levels of professional tennis,” she stated.

The 2022 MLP season finale will likely be in Columbus, Ohio, from October 14-16, the place 48 avid gamers will compete for a handbag of $319,000 – the greatest in pickleball historical past.



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