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Player Spotlight - Elyse Kraft (Steiner)

Updated: Feb 14, 2021

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Name: Elyse Kraft (Steiner)

Home Club: North Park

Division: 1


What is your paddle of choice?

The purple and white Viking paddle.


How long have you been playing paddle?

2 years.


What is your favorite part of playing paddle?

Competing... Winning, all of the awesome friendships I’ve made.


Your greatest paddle strength?

My forehand return and movement (thanks to many years of tennis).


What is your best paddle memory?

My first match, which was like my second time on a paddle court. I played with my sister, Vanessa, and I whiffed about 22 balls, literally. We laughed about it and still had a good time


What do you enjoy when you’re not playing paddle?

Spending time with my family, chasing my crazy kids around (18 month and 6 month old!) and working.


Do you have any pre-match rituals?

Nope- just making sure I get there on time with shoes and a paddle is my goal.


What advice would you give to beginners?

Play as much as you can and Have fun!!! Life’s too short to stress.


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