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Shivam Dalmia: “Always practice like a champion”

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Shivam Dalmia ranked No.150 in the Men’s Category. He has not evinced his talent to the World by representing India. But he works really hard to get the Indian Jersey on, to see his name on the jersey and represent his country is the two dire attributes in his life. In Juniors, U-14 ranked as 34 & in U-16 & U-18 he is among the top 50.


What is your practice routine like?


My practice routine is like for 3 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening including fitness. I make sure that ample amount of time is dedicated to my training.

I want to be known as the famous tennis player all around the world and the one that the people will admire for. By seeing me they must understand that hard work paves way to success.

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

I want to be known as the famous tennis player all around the world and the one that the people will admire for. By seeing me they must understand that hard work paves way to success.

Area of your game you need to improve?

I believe that improvement is a never-ending process. The more you improve the more you will succeed. Never stop investing, the more you invest the more you get. But I still believe that I need to improve on my backhand and my serve and little bit on my mental toughness.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home from tour?

I miss the food part the most when I am on tour. So, the first thing I do when I am back from tour is that I eat food that is cooked by mom. It is like the most satisfying thing in the world.

One habit that you want to break or you have broken?

I think I had a bad habit of being very aggressive. I use to lose temper in situations where I think I should have handled them in a better easy way. But now I am very calm very neutral. Maturity is one thing that matters but now I am really composed.

What drives you to go for training every day?

It is a belief that if you work hard and train insanely you can be the one who is admired by people. Another is ‘let's go’ for it work hard until your idols becomes your rivals.

One match that you are proud of

It was against Vishnu Vardhan, India’s No.1 that time, though I lost but it was one of my best matches till now. It was an amazing experience as I was qualified for 5 qualifying rounds to play main draw match against him.

If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be

It would be none other than Roger Federer. First thing I would like to do as Roger is that to experience how it feels like to be the G.O.A.T and how difficult it is to be one of the famous personalities on earth. Then I will see things around, admire them, see how his schedule works, his practice sessions, his lifestyle and how he manages everything.

If You Could Change One Thing About Yourself, What Would It Be?

I would probably change my attitude part towards everything whether it be on field or off field.

What does it mean to you to represent India?

It is the will that gets you going. It is like you have to represent India at bigger stages and it is also one of your ultimate goal for which you are putting all your hard work in.

What would be your ultimate achievement?

My ultimate achievement is to win a Grand Slam. The achievements that I will have to achieve is more, it is counting.

Who do you want to be the flag bearer for India in 'TOKYO OLYMPICS 2020'

I hope P.V Sindhu will be the flag bearer for Olympics 2020 as she already had great achievements this year. She is the one athlete that everyone admires.

Initial hurdles you faced and how did you tackle them?

I struggled a lot on my fitness but now it is absolutely fine. I did struggle a lot to follow the diet to keep my physique right.

Perks of being an athlete

Being an athlete would in a way make you self-reliant, courageous to face anything no matter how difficult it is to tackle the problem. You can in a way build sportsmanship. Moreover even your kids would be fit too.

Your first match for India

I have not represented India at all. But now I am trying really hard to get the Indian jersey. It would be an honour to represent our country in front of other countries.

Best sports movie ever

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is the best sports movie. It gives us the idea how exactly Milka singh has tackled up all the hardships and became World famous. He overcomes many agonizing obstacles and then he became the World Champion.

“I don’t believe in superpowers, I believe in hardwork”

What’s on your bucket list?

I wanted to be known as the best tennis player the world has ever witnessed

Your plans & preparations for TOKYO 2020

Again, it is a dream and belief that “yes I can do so” and I am working very hard to achieve this dream under my coaches Ms.Shilpa Dalmia, My dad and my fitness trainer Purav sir.

One super power you wish you had?

I really do not believe in superpowers, all I believe in is your own hard work and patience. The more you work hard the more you achieve.

Your World Ranking and National Ranking

In men’s category, I am currently ranked 150 in Juniors. I was ranked U-14 as 34, U-16 & U-18 in the top 50.

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