Rare honour for city tennis player

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J. Vishnuvardhan
J. Vishnuvardhan

V.V. Subrahmanyam

J. Vishnuvardhan gets direct entry to the main draw of ATP Chennai Open tennis championship

HYDERABAD: For Jagadeesan Vishnuvardhan, it is a dream finish to the year 2007. This gifted tennis player, who got his basics fine-tuned at the School of Power academy under the watchful guidance of C.V. Nagaraj, has now the privilege of being given a direct entry into the main draw of the prestigious ATP Chennai Open tennis championship this week-end, thanks to the wild card given by the organisers.

Turning point

And, this is not a one-off gesture, but a recognition to his magnificent title-triumph in the Grass Court Nationals held in Kolkata only a couple of days ago, where he completed a ‘double’ winning the doubles title too.

The 20-year-old Vishnuvardhan strongly believes that this could well be the turning point of his career which began in 1996 when he started playing just for the sake of keeping good health. With the passion for the sport taking its roots, he began pursuing tennis career with all seriousness.

“My job knew no bounds when I won the Kolkata Nationals last week. That was memorable for it catapulted me on the centre-stage of Indian domestic circuit,” says the B.Com. final year student from Wesley College in Secunderabad in a chat with The Hindu.

By strange coincidence, Sushil Narla, who happened to be the last one from the city to play in the Chennai Open in mid-90s, was also a student of Nagaraj. “This is a special feeling and a tribute to my coach’s commitment,” points out Vishnu.

With father Jagadeesan, a businessman, encouraging him all out, Vishnu always had the liberty to focus on the game and not to worry about anything else.

“He is a big source of inspiration for never ever he said even a few harsh words even after disappointing defeats,” recalls the young tennis player. “That is exactly the reason why I was elated when the National title in Kolkata for the venue is the same where my idol Leander Paes produced those stunning exploits in the Davis cup ties,” explains Vishnu.

In the Indian circuit, Vishnuvardhan is known to be armed with a booming serve and quite rightly now he is focussing on the net-game. It is a different issue that this performing youngster is still struggling to find a decent sponsorship which will take care of exposure and help him improve his world ranking.



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