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Rising star: Rahul
Rising star: Rahul

MANISHA GARG

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic being his inspiration, Rahul is now being groomed for international courts.

Studying in Std. VII, and barely 11 years old, Rahul Somani is a tennis champion.

He was the semi-finalist in the singles of the recently held “Indus School All India Rankings Tennis Championship” Under-12 Category and was runner-up in the doubles of the same Championship. In January this year, Rahul was the winner at the Under -12 Eighth Annual Junior Open Tennis Tournament.

Though he started playing the game in 2005, the very next year he reached the finals of the District level tournament of Under-10. A modest Rahul says, "It is because of my family and my coach K. Babji’s support that I have come up.”

Balance too

Though Rahul has to travel quite a bit to play the game at State and National levels, he seems to have struck a fine balance between sport and academics.

“In spite of practising the game daily for two-three hours, he has always been among the top five students in his class,” says his proud father.


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