Vatsal Tolasaria

Somdev leads from the front with IIT Aspire High Performance Tennis

Huddled amidst a lush forest, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, IIT-Madras plays host to the Aspire High Performance Tennis programme, headed by none other than Somdev Devvarman himself. The programme which aims to produce the next generation of tennis players, has already been in action for a year, but was officially …

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Davis Cup – Sumit, Ramkumar give India 2-0 lead against Pakistan

By Vatsal Tolasaria – 29th November, 2019 It was a breeze on day one for the Indian team at the indoor courts in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, with Ramkumar Ramanathan and Sumit Nagal coming through in extremely one-sided victories against the weakened Pakistani outfit. While Ramkumar warmed up with a 42 minute 6-0 6-0 win over their …

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Team India raring to go at India-Pak Davis Cup tie in freezing Kazakh conditions

Press Release : Nursultan , Kazakhstan – 27th November, 2019 The Indian Davis Cup team, under new captain Rohit Rajpal. is raring  to go on the indoor courts of the National Tennis Center at Nursultan the capital of Kazakhstan. In temperatures reaching – 20 degrees, the team has done well to acclimatise to the extreme …

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Davis Cup: Croatia to face India or Pakistan in 2020 qualifier

2018 Davis Cup champions Croatia will face off against the winner of the India-Pakistan Davis Cup tie in the 2020 Davis Cup qualifier match. India and Pakistan are set to square off in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on 29-30th November, with India likely to emerge victorious, after Pakistan’s top players, Aisam Qureshi and Aqeel Khan pulled out …

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“If I am injury-free, I should be knocking at ATP Top 100 soon” – Mukund Sasikumar

It has been a year of firsts for young Mukund Sasikumar – earning a maiden Davis Cup call-up for the World Group Playoff tie against Italy in Kolkata, making his first ATP Challenger final, taking part in his first ATP Tour event. He has been working on playing courageously and not changing his game in …

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“Our goal is to play the Grand Slams next year” – Indo-Japanese pairing of Vardhan/Matsui

It’s been a tough season for Olympian Vishnu Vardhan, especially after the highs of last season, where he and Sriram Balaji qualified and made the 2nd round at Wimbledon. Vishnu recounts his season, and also talks about how life has been difficult on tour financially, especially after the Telangana Government took away his funding, and …

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Ramkumar goes down to 2nd seed Duckworth ; all Indian final in doubles

Press Release – 16th November, 2019 Pune , November 16 : Indian challenge ended in the singles as Sixth  seeded Ramkumar Ramanathan went down to second seeded James Duckworth of Australia in the semifinals   at  the sixth edition of the KPIT MSLTA Challenger a Challenger 80 series event which is  under way at the …

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Ramkumar pips Sumit in a tight QF clash, Mukund gives a scare to 2nd seeded Duckworth

One hour before the marquee quarter final clash, as Sumit is hitting a few balls on the centre court, I overhear two fans discussing the possible outcome of this match – Fan 1 – “Ramu maarega aaj” (Ramkumar will win)Fan 2 – “Lekin form me to Sumit hai” Such was the uncertainty going into this …

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