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Summer Blog: Megan Fudge

Summer Blog: Megan Fudge

Throughout the summer, APP pro, Megan Fudge, will chronicle her journey around the world as she and her family share the sport of pickleball

Megan Fudge
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June 10, 2024
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June 8th, 2024

Day 1 of competition is under way here at the Gujarat Premier Pickleball League.  Twelve teams, 13 players per team from all levels including amateurs, seniors and juniors. All matches are worth the same amount to your team - truly embracing the inclusivity of our sport. Each player can only play in one of the events per dual match. So I’ve been playing designated women’s doubles trying to get my team the win on the board. They also have a special Paddle Power Play which allows a team to sub a top player in for two points. It’s kinda wild but adds to the fun and hype!

Temperatures are high but I think the jet lag has been affecting me the most thus far. We started early to beat the heat at 7 a.m. and then took a lunch break at the hottest part of the day. Back out for five more matches now as from 5 p.m. and will be playing late into the night.  

Lots of media out here covering the event and wanting interviews.  The hospitality has been something that stands out throughout - people welcoming us, offering us help, translating, playing with the kids. JR and Lily have already made a bunch of friends even when the only language they have in common is pickleball.

Matches are heating up. Ryler’s team and my team, FansPlay, had to play each other unfortunately which came out 3-3 but they won by point differential (so lucky 😆). Probably better for our marriage.

Indian players are very passionate and in these team events it truly shines!

Lily and I melting together

June 7th, 2024

Long day of travel yesterday, with a 14-hour flight from Orlando to Dubai and then a short layover before the three-hour flight to Ahmedabad.  Had a driver pick us up and take us to the hotel. Instant heat wave stepping foot outside of the airport - and this was 4 a.m.!   The heat is another level here. Traveling by car in India is always an adventure no matter the time of day. The amount of honking is just another level along with the lack of any traffic rules, leads to a thrilling ride. But at least the trunk of the car had enough space this time for our bags and they weren’t stored on top of the car 🚗.

Once checked into the lovely hotel, we got the kids convinced it’s time to sleep even though at home it was only 8 p.m.  

I got up for last-minute breakfast and met with a player and organizer for my team. Breakfast was AMAZING!  The spread of all the different flavors and smells and colors - tomorrow I’ll take pictures - today I was too tired and too hungry.   Ryler and the kids stayed asleep.  I will get everyone up in a few hours, hit the gym for a sweat and then maybe the pool for the kids.  We’ve got team practice tonight at two of the sites. Excited to meet our teams and train to get ready for first day of competition tomorrow!

June 5th, 2024

The world awaits!

June 4th, 2024

The DeHeart - Fudge family is heading to Asia! Ahhh, I’m thrilled to blog about our trip and our experiences as we take pickleball internationally.  I will blogging weekly on the APP site but make sure to follow along my socials for more frequent updates.

We are less than 24 hours out from leaving the states and preparations are in full force.  Since leaving the northeast on Saturday morning and starting our very long drive back to Florida, we had a lot of moving parts to take care of: Dogs have been picked up by a great friend who will be cuddling with Max and Lexi for the next month for us. School teachers have been informed about our travels and this week's school work completed. Our friend, Scott, flew from Ohio to DC, and is now en route to Orlando with our passports and visas for China as we couldn’t do it ourselves due to drive and exhibition in Thomasville Monday night.  We are loaded up with Franklin gear and paddles for our trip thanks to our HQ visit last Friday. And on Duolingo I’ve started my Hindi lessons with very little success and a lot of confusion. Lastly, we have an appointment to drop off our RV tomorrow before the airport to go through a Franklin transformation while we are gone.   Lots to be excited about, prayers appreciated for smooth travels and stay tuned for lots of updates and pictures to come!

Franklin HQ visit
Finished the day at Franklin with a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Kids first baseball game experience!

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