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  • May
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Parikshit Somani -

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Your Fitness mantra

Yoga is my fitness mantra. It helps in maintaining a balance between physical and mental fitness.

When did you start playing?

I started playing at the age of three. I used to accompany my father to the tennis court and grabbed an interest in tennis.

Are you a Predator or a Buddha?

I am a Buddha when I enter the stadium.

The toughest punishment given to you

Once, I had to do 300 push-ups. That was the toughest punishment given to me.

Nicknames you love and hate.

Everyone calls me Pari. For some reason, I hate and love it.

You have a chance to play another sport. Which one would it be?

I will choose football because it requires a lot of physical strength. I like exerting myself.

What would be your ultimate achievement?

My ultimate achievement would be to win the Grand Slam.

Perk of being an athlete

Being an athlete makes a person more disciplined and organised. These qualities are important to an athlete and when it becomes a part of our lifestyle, it makes everything simple.

Your biggest inspiration

Roger Federer is my biggest inspiration. He's an excellent tennis player; he can switch his gear according to the need of the game. He has marvellous foot speed and balance. He understands tennis in a way that no one else can. More importantly, he is a gracious gentleman.

What matters the most during 'Do or Die' situations?

Will Power matters most during such situations. Self-command is extremely essential. A person with willpower does things the right way. They are aware of their abilities and the probabilities of the situation. They are focused and strive to work until the last minute to win.

If you had to be stranded on a deserted island for one month, which one of your teammates would you want to bring with you and why?

Anurag Nenwani, because he's fun to be with. So, being stranded with him will be interesting and we'll find cool ways of surviving there.

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Your short and long-term goals

My short-term goal is to play in the Junior Grand Slam and my long term is to be in the top 100 tennis players of the world.

Your predictions on 'Olympics TOKYO 2020'

Kei Nishikori will win Men's singles in the Olympics TOKYO 2020. He's one of the finest players I know. He has made many flashes of brilliance through the years.

What’s on your bucket list?

My bucket list includes:-

1) To play in the Grand Slam.

2) To play for the Davis Cup for India.

3) To play with Roger Federer.

4) To play in the Olympics.

5) To be in the top 100 tennis players of the world.

If you could give one person a present and your budget is unlimited – what will be the present you would give and who will it be?

I would gift a necklace to my mother.

What’s the last book you read that you simply could not put down until you finish?

"Open", an autobiography by Andre Agassi is an interesting book that I read. It's an honest, substantive and insightful autobiography of a tennis player.

Describe one moment that you won’t forget

I will never forget the moment when Thomas Muster gave life lessons.

One thing you used to do as a child that you wish you could still do?

When I was younger, I used to balance academics and sports. I wish I could still do that.

What is your favourite food?

Chole Bhature is my favourite food.

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would spend the money on my tennis requirements.

One message to your opponents

Be careful on my good days, I can get pretty tough.

One teacher who is the proudest of you

My father is the proudest of me. He has played a huge role in my life. He has always been there for me and I'm glad that he's proud of me. It's like one of the achievements.

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