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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.


“Tennis is a sport I fell in love with at the age of seven. It kept me out of trouble, and helped me form my dreams. With education, and decent tennis ability, I received a scholarship, for hitting a fuzzy yellow ball out of all things! I’ve traveled the world, coached on the tour and met some of my idols, like Arthur Ashe and Zina Garrison. Out of everything there is one thing I never imagined tennis would do, save my life. On October 17th of 2018 I woke up early with a bad headache. I told my wife I didn’t feel well and that something just wasn’t right. She told me to lay down and not work that morning, which I did. She also had practice that morning, but decided to not go. I thank God for her decision. I woke up with this unexplainable pain in my head and confusion. I tried to get up, but my body wouldn’t allow me. I tried to call for my wife but no response. I began to panic. My phone was on my left side and I summoned the strength to to send a text. No clue what I wrote, but she came. She immediately called 911, and being that she’s a nurse, recognized what was happening. A stroke. She began taking care of me until the ambulance came. I was rushed in, where I was hospitalized for four days. The doctors told me if not for my fitness from tennis, I would be far worse off than I am. Tennis aside, the quick thinking of my incredible wife was key. I, unfortunately was paralyzed on my right side for five months. I can’t work at the moment and I miss the game. I am lucky enough to still have the chance to be around players at high level pro events, which helps motivate me through this process. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to recover and, most importantly, play again!”-Juan Brunner



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