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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.


“It was right after high school. I completed school and was ready to compete on tour. It was only the first tournament of my career, while watching a match, I felt this crazy chest pain. It only got worse and worse. After visiting the physio at the tournament and them not having any idea, they called an ambulance for me. I got to the hospital and they took many pictures of my chest and found out that my lung was literally falling apart. I could breathe but it was really painful. They first thought it would get better over time, on its own, but after a few days, they had no choice. They were forced to operate and fix my lung. The operation took about four and half hours. I was on really, really strong painkillers, so for the first few days, out of the total three week stay in the hospital, I felt out of it. I was continuously losing weight, which for me is never good. The start of my career was a year out from tennis. They were relating my quick height growth to this problem, but it was mostly bad luck. I wasn’t allowed to do any physical activity for a full year. Even if I wanted to, my body didn’t allow me to walk up stairs without feeling like I ran a marathon. I also had to recover from two holes in my side that were for the blood and compression of the lung. When I was released from the hospital I couldn’t sleep normally. I had to sleep upright by stacking pillows behind my back. It took about two months to lay down flat. I also had to deal with taking pills after my release. It was awful for my stomach with the tree-four pills I was taking a day. The doctors first guessed six month recovery but it ended up being a full year. It was okay to spend time with friends and family at first but in the end I truly missed tennis. The walks in my park were not enough for me. At this point I am just happy to be back on the court, to see the world and play tennis.” -Mats Moraing




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