Former Australian tennis player Rennae Stubbs recently expressed her opinion on tennis players investing in pickleball.
Pickleball is a relatively new sport that combines tennis, badminton, and ping pong. Naomi Osaka, Nick Kyrgios, and Kim Clijsters have made investments in the sport by owning pickleball teams that play in the Major League Pickleball (MLP) 2023.
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Rennae Stubbs claimed that she would not invest in a pickleball franchise and would never watch the sport on television. She also voiced her perplexity at tennis players opting to invest in pickleball rather than tennis, which has helped them become wealthy.
“Just to let everyone know, I will NOT be investing in a Pickleball franchise & will never turn a tv on to watch Pickleball. I would rather watch pain dry. Why all these tennis players think Pickleball is worth investing in & not the game that made them all the $$$ is beyond me,” wrote Stubbs on Twitter.
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While several players like Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Andy Murray, and John Isner have expressed support for pickleball, Stubbs has been outspoken in her disapproval of the emerging sport. Stubbs previously claimed on social media that watching the sport on television was "much worse" when it had subpar numbers on the CBS channel despite its rise in popularity.
"Because Pickleball is and it’s even worse to watch on tv!! Thursday Ratings: CBS Fails to Capitalize on the ‘Pickled’ Craze," Stubbs tweeted.