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February 7, 2023

Guy Would Rather Play Pickleball Than Spend One More Minute Working at Deloitte

Zane Navratil

Working at the Big 4 has gotten so bad that one auditor, Zane Navratil, decided to become a professional pickleballer instead of continuing his public accounting career at Deloitte.

Spectrum News 1 reported:

In July 2020, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Navratil decided he was going to quit his day job as an auditor with Deloitte, and go pro.

His parents were skeptical.

“I think once I actually started doing a little bit better, teaching a little bit more, getting my name out there, building that social media presence, I’ve kind of laid those concerns to rest a little bit, and I’ve found something that works pretty phenomenally for me,” Navratil said.

That might be an understatement.

Navratil is ranked the second-best pickleball player in the world by Pickleball Global and The Pro Pickleball Association.

Wisconsin native named second best pickleball player in the world [Spectrum News 1]

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5 Comments

  1. If I was as talented and had Zane’s personality, it would be a waste to do any desk job instead of giving the Pickleball Pro Tour a shot. He is awesome!

  2. I “sorta” did same. Finally, after years of being AGED OUT I got a cool sales gig n turned it down to coach Pickleball. No chance I’ll make the same money but I’ll be ok..
    Doing what you LOVE is far more important..Wish I was this guy’s age, I’d be ALL OVER turning Pro.

  3. Pickleball?

    Let me make a wild guess: ALL pickleball players in the world are in top 10.

    1. The game has grown exponentially across North America in recent years, with burgeoning audiences in Europe and Asia as well. In their 2019 Topline Participation Report, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) estimated there are now over 3.3 million pickleball players in the US!

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