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The young 17-year-old lawn tennis player started his journey by bagging the UK championship in the singles and doubles titles in the Road to Wimbledon campaign. He was ranked No.1 in under 14 category (U/14) and in 2016 ranked No.1 under 16 and 18 category. Laurels to this young player who is the only Indian boy to play the Australian Open Juniors in 2017. Which animal best represents you
Monkey because I do have a magnetic personality with wit and intelligence.
Your dream Job
My dream job is to be recognized as the top ranked tennis player in the world
Which is more logical to follow?
In the long run, I would say head is paramount but instinct plays a vital role too.
Perks of being an athlete
Being an athlete, we can build up personal traits. The innate attributes developed are teamwork, perseverance, responsibility and time management
Your first match for India
My first match was against Thailand in 2014. 2014, against Thailand. I had butterflies in my stomach, nervousness, and the hunger to win.
Your secret skills
I play what the opponent hates
Your ultimate achievement
I have no ultimate achievement but I hope that I play every day better. Each day I can showcase my best in my match.
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
How Roger Federer is known in the world. One day I would be also known just like him.
Area of your game you need to improve
I believe that all aspects of the game need to better than the day before. Sportsmen must always see to it that every sphere of the game improves.
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My short-term goal is to win a grand slam in Juniors and my long-term goal is to get into the top 50 in the world.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
It would definitely be Siddhant Banthia, and I would do what I do.
One habit you want to break
I would want to break the habit of biting my nails.
What drives you to go for training everyday
My love and passion for the game drives me to go for training every day.
Any rituals you follow
I prefer not talking to anyone before the match so that I can keep my mind calm and set myself for the match.
One match that you are proud of
I am not proud of any specific match but I am really happy and proud to play every match, so that’s special for me.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
Representing India means the whole world to me.
“All aspects of the game should be better than the day before”
Your plans for TOKYO 2020
My plan is to win a medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, putting in the best I can.
Who do you think is the greatest athlete of all time?
Every athlete tries to showcase the best they can. My all-time favorite athlete is Usain Bolt.
One super power you wish you had
I wish I had the power to teleport because I am not so fond of travelling.
Best sports movie ever
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, pumps me up