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Editor’s note: 10sBalls thanks Noah Rubin for giving us permission to repost these great stories. We wish him and this endeavor the best of luck. Great seeing Noah wearing K-Swiss and playing Solinco Strings.


#MyBTR- “Even though I’m a terrible player, starting to play and watch tennis has been one of the best things to ever happen to me. I’ve struggled with my confidence for a long time, as well as battling both depression and anxiety. In 2012/13 it reached its worst, as I was also diagnosed with aspergers. As someone, who was an adult at the time, my diagnosis hit me hard. All of the struggles I had as a child, which heavily affected my life, were explained many years later. Whoknows how life would have turned out if I had known sooner? As they say you have to deal with the cards you’ve been dealt. Thankfully I started to watch tennis on a regular basis. I soon discovered forums and a tennis community on Twitter. I was able to discuss the sport I had become obsessed with on a regular basis, with like-minded people. They say people with Aspergers often have obsessive personalities and to be honest I’m glad tennis became that for me. I also started to play tennis at my local club. Despite my ability, there’s no better way to clear my mind than whacking a little yellow/green ball. It’s helped me a lot, even with losing weight. Following the sport has also given me so many friends. I’m able to travel to events worldwide and meet so many great people. At first I felt anxious when doing it but I pushed myself out of my comfort zone because of how much I loved the sport. I’m so grateful for the friendships I’ve gained through tennis. When I am struggling at work or at home, tennis is my escape and I’m so grateful to have it in my life.” -Joe Craven



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