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When did you start playing?
I started playing in 2007. I loved playing outdoor games and I fell in love with Tennis instantly and effortlessly.
Are you a Predator or a Buddha?
I am a Predator. I have always been a predator in the court and it has helped me immensely in improving my game. I don’t think being a Buddha on the court will help me.
One teacher you would like to have as your coach
I’d like Farah ma’am as my coach because she understands me and I can learn things easily from her.
One win that you are very proud of
I am truly proud of my win against Australia in World Juniors. It was my first victory representing India.
You have a chance to play another sport. Which one would it be?
It would be badminton because the rules of badminton are similar to that of tennis. I like badminton and can adapt to the game easily.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
I would love to be known as the World’s no.1 tennis player, with some good number of Grand slams attached to my name.
Perk of being an athlete
Being an athlete makes a person strong and organized. The best part is that we can wear anything we want and travel to many places. Moreover, it helps develop a disciplined life.
Team you support
RCB! They are the biggest entertainers in the world of sports.
Your biggest inspiration
I am a fan of Nadal because he is a predator on the court. His ‘never say die’ attitude is what makes him my inspiration.
Who had the greatest influence in your life?
I am what I am today, because of my mom. She has influenced me in many ways. She braced me and had faith in my ability. She stood by me and encouraged me in whatever I did.
One tattoo you would like to have
I would love to get a ‘CHAMP’ tattoo one day (very soon).
Your predictions on 'Olympics TOKYO 2020'
I would love to see our medal tally touch the double-digit. But I am sure it would be one of our best Olympics.
What’s on your bucket list?
My bucket list includes playing for India in Fed cup, Aussie Open, French Open and Wimbledon.
What’s the last book you read?
Reading is one of the hardest activities for me. I quickly fall asleep while I read.
What is your funniest childhood memory?
When I was in 1st standard I participated in 100M race in school and I lost the race. So I beat up the girl who won over me.
One superpower you wish you had
I want the superpower that would let me travel to any corner of the world in no time.
Describe ONE moment that you won’t forget
The moment when I got a call from the association, informing me that I was selected to represent India, is unforgettable. It is a moment I treasure.
One thing you used to do as a child that you wish you could still do
I used to eat all the time during my childhood. As an athlete, I cannot afford to eat so much.
What is your favourite food you could not live without?
My aunt makes the best food ever. I can't live without the food she makes.
Your first encounter with a celebrity player
It is Justine Henin. I met her during The French Open in Paris.
Who is the greatest Indian tennis player of all time?
According to me, it is Leander Paes!!! To come back after a battle with cancer and to continue playing for his country at the highest level is just unbelievable.
Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer
Rafa, because he is a fighter. He combats for each and every point, in every game.