Meet Navya Teja – The super fan who travelled 250 kms to watch Sumit’s 1st round at the ATP Genoa Challenger

By Vatsal Tolasaria – 3rd September, 2019

You may have heard of people queuing up all night to have a shot at entering the hallowed lawns of Wimbledon, but this is a first. Navya Teja, a student of international business management, took a 5.30 AM train from Modena to make it in time for Sumit’s match at 11.30 AM in Genoa.

Sumit and Navya after the match

The transition to clay from the marquee clash against Federer at Arthur Ashe may not have gone as planned for Sumit, but it was a big fanboy moment for Navya, who has been following Tennis since he was 15, and is a huge Federer fan.

“I keep a close tab on all the Indians playing on tour, and have been a huge admirer of Sania(Mirza) as well. Even now we have very good players for the future like Prajnesh, Sumit, Ramkumar. I hope one of them will become a legend in future”, said Navya, who managed to drag a couple of his friends to watch Sumit’s match too.

From left – Karthik, Vamsi Krishna and Navya

“It’s very different from watching on TV. He recognised us and was fist pumping in our direction after winning a point. With that gesture, we become more and more active to cheer him on. After the match, he himself called us, introduced himself and spoke about the match. He was nice enough to click pictures with us even though he was dead tired and wished us luck for the future”, said Navya, when asked about how his experience of interacting with Sumit was.

Navya and his friends with Sumit after the match


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