‘Just Put Me in a Game!’ – American Rapper Wiz Khalifa and Logan Paul Join the Pickleball Hype Train

Published 12/23/2022, 7:00 AM EST

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The sport, pickleball backed by tennis stars like Nick Kyrgios and Naomi Osaka, has gained massive popularity recently. The game that has taken the country by storm is now being played by many athletes and common people. Additionally, pickleball is also getting huge recognition from a slew of notable figures. The American media personality and boxer who is currently on WWE, Logan Paul, and the renowned rapper, Wiz Khalifa, also acknowledged the popularity of the sport during a recent podcast.

Logan lavished praise on the game while also talking about its potential in the sporting realm. Meanwhile, he also pointed out how the sport, pickleball, is different from the game of tennis.


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Logan Paul and Wiz Khalifa talk about the sport of pickleball


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The Wimbledon finalist, Nick Kyrgios, has joined a slew of other notable figures who have also made investments in one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. However, it is not only Kyrgios from the tennis realm who has made an investment in the sport of pickleball. The Japanese tennis player, Naomi Osaka, has also invested in a Miami team that will be playing in the Major League Pickleball team.

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Apart from the tennis stars, a slew of other notable figures are also acknowledging the potential of the sport. The American media personality and boxer, Logan Paul, recently talked about pickleball during a podcast appearance. While talking about the popularity of the sport, Logan said, “Hey, this might be the thing for you. I don’t know much about it, but this sport is on the f*cking come up.”
A slight comparison was made between the sport of tennis and pickleball, during the podcast. Notably, Logan stated, “They democratize tennis”
The American rapper, Wiz Khalifa was also there during the podcast. He said, “Alright, we just started our little business. Just put me in a game.”
Logan further added about the American actor, Jamie Foxx, who has “opened a pickleball paddle business”. The American media personality said, “Jamie Foxx has opened a pickleball paddle business, okay, and a lot of our peers are acquiring pickleball teams.”

Kyrgios had to defend his investment in the ‘rival’ sport

The Australian coach and former tennis star, Rennae Stubbs, slammed players for investing in the popular sport in the US. She used her online platform to reveal that she will not be investing in a pickleball franchise.

The Wimbledon finalist, Kyrgios, took note of Stubbs’ comments on social media and was not impressed with Stubbs slamming the tennis players for investing in pickleball. Kyrgios defended his investment in the pickleball franchise by mentioning the names of other renowned figures who have also made such investments.

What are your thoughts on the rapid growth in popularity of Pickleball? Let us know in the comments.


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Anurag Gusain


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Anurag Gusain is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in English from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, Delhi University. Being a huge tennis fan, he enjoys watching superstar Rafael Nadal play.
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Tony Thomas