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Thanushree Vale- “I hate when one sport is compared with another sport”

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At the age of 11 when she could comfortably pocket the under-14 &16 state events, she decided to compete professionally. The right handed tennis star hailing from Chennai had been ranked 22 in the Nationals in the women's circuit until she left for the U.S.A. She was also ranked 700 in ITF (International Tennis Federation) junior. She is all set to break the pro circuit ranking. Biggest achievements

I Won the Western Athletic Conference and competed in the NCAA championship. I have also bagged the runners up in the under-16 doubles nationals.

Perks of being an athlete

Being a professional athlete gives you so much more life experience. The most exciting part is that you get to travel a lot and do what you love every day. Also, your life will always be a lot more disciplined. You would become much more organized in life.

Your ultimate achievement

Right now my aim is to win the NCAA's. After my collegiate career I would definitely try to start from scratch and compete in the slams.

One super power you wish you had

I wish I had the power to read people's mind. That way I can get to know the true self of the people that I come across.

Scariest experience you ever had

When I had injury on my back and I had to stay without playing for a few months. That was the scariest. I can't imagine staying away from tennis and not doing anything for so long.

Best sports movie

I personally think all the Rocky movies are incredibly motivating.

Your goals

My short term goal is to win more championships and excel at the NCAA's in my collegiate career. Then I want to try and break into the Pro-circuit ranking. My long-term goal is that once I'm done with University tennis I want to continue playing the pro-circuit and make it to the top 100.

Initial hurdles you faced

Lack of self-confidence is one of the major hurdles I have had to tackle. Consistent hard work and results have helped me get over this.

Area in your game you want to improve

The level of tennis is growing tremendously every day. Every now and then you see the top players in the world displaying a whole new level of the sport. So I believe that I always need to try and improve in every aspect of the game.

One match that you are very proud of

I won the Western Athletic Conference Championship here in the US with my team. That was a special one cause the team made it to the NCAA's for the first time in history. I'm proud of my losses too because they have only helped me grow over time. Without losses there would be no wins.

Lamest excuse given by you

I don't quite remember any lame excuses. Every time I had to give an excuse it was either training or tournaments.

What drives you to go training every day?

The passion for the sport, the fact that there are thousands of other players across the globe training so hard to achieve something bigger every day are all factors that motivate me. I want to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

Any pre-match, post-match rituals you follow

Yes, I always try to zone out with music before a match and warm up. After my match I like to sit alone, warm down and relax myself.

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

As much as I look up too many athletes, I want to make my own mark in the field of sports.

“Go for all the Slams either to compete or even otherwise and take a picture with Novak, Roger and Rafael.”

One habit that you want to break or you have broken

I want to break my habit of overthinking on and off court .

One moment every player should be prepared for

I think every player needs to be ready for a set-back. Every athlete is bound to have some kind of set-back, be it an injury or anything. It is very important to be mentally prepared to bounce back in time.

If you could get a tattoo, what would it be

I do not like tattoos personally so I've never thought about that.

One subject you like and hate the most

I like subjects related to any sport but I hate it when it gets to the point of comparing one sport to another.

Best sports movie ever

I personally think all the Rocky movies are incredibly motivating

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