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  • May
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Gunjan Jadhav -

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Your Fitness mantra.

I believe in being disciplined and putting in my hundred percent effort in every physical exercise that I do.

One teacher you would like to have as your coach

I'd pick my dad, he is a very dedicated person and motivates me to achieve my goals. He puts in all his effort and has the passion to excel. I think it's a great quality for a coach. It's a quality that I admire and try to follow up.

The toughest punishment given to you by your coach

I was made to duck walk for three rounds in the court, during a summer afternoon. I had to do it because I lost in the first round of a tournament.

What does it mean to you to represent India?

It would really be an honour to represent India. It is my dream to play and make tennis a big sport in my country.

Your ultimate achievement?

Winning a Grand Slam for myself and for India is my father's dream. Making my father's dream come true will be my ultimate achievement.

How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?

In future I'd like to be known as the player who kept losing, but worked harder each time and eventually made a breakthrough. I'd like to be known as one of the best players in the world who flourished due to his hard work and commitment.

The flag bearer for India in 'TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020'

P.V Sindhu or Sakshi Malik should be the flag bearer for India in the Tokyo Olympics because they won medals in their respective sport and they've made the nation proud in the last olympics.

The greatest influence in your life?

My parents have the greatest influence in my life. They work hard day and night for me. Their diligence and sacrifice made me realise their importance of handwork and enjoy the fruits of its outcome. If I achieve something great, it will mean a lot to them. I will strive to achieve something great for them because they mean the world to me.

The most common road blocks that stop athletes

Financial support is crucial for an athlete's growth in their sport. Tennis is becoming expensive day after day. The financial requirement increases along with level of tournaments. The other road block is when players stop believing in themselves. Dreaming about your goal is very important to achieve it. It is essential that players continue to dream because it motivates them to work towards their goal.

Best sports movie ever

I like the movie "Cinderella Man" because it depicts the struggle boxers went through during America's great depression. I also like the "Rocky Balboa" series, the movies show that will power can help a person achieve anything.

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My short term goal is to be in the top 500 Junior ITF and get to the top 20 in the country. My long term goal is to start playing in the ITF Futures and eventually play in the Grand Slams.

Your plans & preparations for TOKYO 2020.

My plan is to work hard and try to make my way into the Tokyo 2020. There are a lot of players performing well in the men's circuit. It’s not going to be easy, as all of us are going to make it difficult for one another.

Funniest childhood memory?

My funniest memory was when I told my mom that I got bit by a spider and that I was going to become Spiderman. I was day dreaming the whole day of how I’m going to be able to swing and jump from building to another.

Most Embarrassing moment

Once, I was eating a lot of food and everyone on court started teasing me. It was quite embarrassing.

The greatest Indian athlete of all time

Leander Paes is the greatest Indian athlete. He has been in the tour for many years. His dedication, passion and achievements for the country are truly commendable.

Best team talk you have ever witnessed

I like it when my coach gathers everyone and talk to us about how he wants each of us to play well, he also appreciates the good qualities and strong points of the opponents.

Your first encounter with a celebrity athlete

I met Rika Fujiwara from Japan. She was ranked 13 for doubles in the world. I didn't know this at the time I got to play with her for an hour and a half. I think it was very nice of her to play with me because she had a very important match the next day.

One message to your opponents

I would prefer to let my racquet do the talking. I'll just play to the best of my ability. My game is my message.

Your biggest achievements so far

I don't consider my achievements very big. There are many big tournaments yet to play and medals to win.

Your World Ranking and National Ranking?

My World ranking is 885 and National ranking is U-18-56.

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