Zane Navratil Pickleball July 2022 Newsletter

Zane Navratil Pickleball July 2022 Newsletter

So, back to pickleball…we won Major League Pickleball! Team BLQK, consisting of myself, Parris Todd, Irina Tereschenko, and Rafa Hewett won the second MLP tournament. The crowd at Dreamland in Dripping Springs, Texas was unreal, and the energy is unmatched in pickleball. Team BLQK split the largest purse in pickleball history 😁, and the best part is, we get to try it again in Newport Beach in August and Columbus in October!

I’m super excited to announce a new partnership 🤝 with Yobow, a manufacturer of the most compact massage pistol ever. I’m constantly on the go ✈️, and my Yobow fits easily in my bag. When a purchase is made, you choose one of 15 non-profit partners to give a portion of the sale to. My massage pistol is an important part of my warmup routine, and so are my Yobow bands! Look forward to a lot of cool stuff coming from the Yobow team. It’s Good To Be Kneaded!

Use the discount code “Zane” for free shipping on your order!


Come and experience why the APP Academy clinics are selling out at each location! Our clinics are divided by distinct skill levels, we limit our student to teacher ratio, and every participant is given individualized attention and personal feedback from the top pros in the business. 

“The APP Academy experience was excellent! It had the right breakdown of instruction, interesting drills and playing time, and the 2 instructors to 12 students ratio gave us the chance to get individual feedback from Zane and Daniel, who are both excellent instructors. I’ve been to several clinics that all taught the same topics, but Zane included some new ones that have already helped improve my game. His fun personality, and getting the chance to try to return one of his famous serves were added bonuses!  I would highly recommend attending one of his clinics!” – Beth Allsteadt, El Segundo Clinic Participant

Registration is now open for these upcoming APP Academy clinics ⤵️

I’ve always thought it difficult to “write about yourself” as I’ve been nicely asked to do here more than once. Having shifted/punted/ignored each time before, I couldn’t escape it this time. So, in an effort to give those reading something of value I figure I could go for humor (Zane-esk ) or for a snoozer-words that will put anyone right to sleep. I chose the former and am hopeful we have the makings of a worthwhile read-I am Zane’s agent. I came to this role after a somewhat lengthy vetting process ( by Zane and team of course! ) and I couldn’t be happier I made it through….After too many years in the courtroom; using the skills learned over 20 years of practice to help Zane in his Pickleball/business ventures has been tremendous. Having a front row seat with one of the best players in the world (and best people) is what I always wanted for the second half of my career. With midwestern roots, like Zane, this has been a perfect fit – and I am extremely excited about what’s to come. Hopefully, those reading have had an opportunity to come out to an event and watch Zane play. It’s a great experience! And, when you’re there, if you see me, please say hello! I’ll look forward to meeting you all soon. 

Josh Freedman

Bye bye Wisconsin! We moved to Austin, Texas and are officially Texas residents. Austin is quickly becoming the pickleball capital of the world, so it’ll allow me a ton of opportunity to train. Jenny and I are thrilled to begin this new chapter! If you’re looking for pickleball learning opportunities, here are a few names to reach out to in the greater Milwaukee Area:

  • Mike McGuire – Mike is an IPTPA certified regular and Junior instructor and is currently doing clinics for youth in the area. He also does corporate clinics and private parties and will set up courts at your home or business. Text Mike at 262-353-6305 or email
  • Joey Pierron – Joey lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has 14+ years of coaching and instructing experience working with youth and adults of all ages. Interested in private or semi-private lessons? Contact him at 920-915-4957 or at
  • Will East – Will is a PPR certified instructor and 5.0 tournament player who is currently doing clinics for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players in the area. He also runs tournaments and does corporate clinics and private parties and will set up courts at your home or business.  Text Will at (414)514-6294 or
  • Gina Cilento – Gina is an APP multi Pro Gold and Bronze Medal Winner, three-time Wisconsin Cup Pickleball Champion and a Paddletek 5.0+ sponsored player. Gina teaches all over Wisconsin and Florida. Private lessons and weekly clinics at the Pickleball Lab in Cedarburg, WI Text Gina at 414-975-7673 or
  • Kelly Whalen – Kelly is the director of pickleball at the Wisconsin Club and works with local Park & Rec departments teaching all skill levels. She is a PCI certified instructor and runs tournaments, scrambles, and clinics throughout the greater Milwaukee area. She can be reached at (414) 315-0769 or at
  • Bob Foster – Bob is an IFP Certified Instructor and is currently offering lessons for individuals and small groups in the greater Milwaukee and Waukesha areas. Text Bob at 414-477-4779 or email
Jenny gave up her Miss Wisconsin crown 👑 in June. Check out her recap of her year here! What’s next? She recently accepted a position as the Marketing and Philanthropic Manager at Kendra Scott 👏!

As always, I have new and used Franklin Signature paddles available on my website! Available in white, black, and my personal favorite, blue. They’re a great paddle at a great price point of only $100!

As a token of my appreciation, I’m now offering exclusive YouTube videos for my newsletter subscribers! You guys rock 👊🏽. Check this one out ⤵️, and make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for new videos dropping every Tuesday. 

Check out my YouTube channel for instructional videos every Tuesday!

If you can’t get enough pickleball content, check out The Kitchen’s newsletter. They recently started a series called “The Reset” which breaks down interesting and controversial pickleball moments. You’re gonna want to check it out!

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