Interviews

“Australian Open was my first ever Slam. Really excited to be back” – Sania Mirza

Sania Mirza, who made an exemplary return to pro tennis last week in Hobart, can’t wait to get started at the Australian Open. She, along with her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok, lifted their first trophy as a pair in Hobart, and will look to continue with the momentume in Melbourne as well. Excerpts from the …

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The First Indian Woman To Win A Grand Slam Match : The Journey of Nirupama Sanjeev

Nirupama Sanjeev (nee Vaidyanathan) was the first Indian female tennis player to win a singles match at a Grand Slam, the 1998 Australian Open. Most recently, after giving birth to her daughter, she returned to compete for India at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010. Her autobiography, The Moonballer, is a fascinating exploration of her career, her cerebral playing style, and some of the challenges that she overcame to triumph at the Grand Slam level.

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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“I want to be at a level where I can play the Slams and WTA events regularly” : Indo-Brit Naiktha Bains

Indian origin born in Great Britain, living in Australia, a perfect example of a young champion belonging to a multi-ethnic background. From playing a Tennis Talent Hunt Championship back in the UK, to making the cut for the Australian Open 2020 singles qualifying, Naiktha has soared up through the rankings and is knocking on the doors of the Main Draw in a Grand Slam