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‘Very special to be national champion’


Chirag Dukhan is a special talent. The newly minted champion of the country among juniors talked with the Olympian Vishnu Vardhan, assessing his tennis career in the future.

Chirag, 17, noted that coach Gaurav Sharma has played “as important a role” as his parents in shaping his tennis career over the past five years.

Chiraj, who won two ITF junior titles earlier this season and raised his international junior rank to 132, planned to focus on the men’s international tournament but had to cool off at home.

Trying to use his time, he participated in tournaments in Chennai.

“We have been preparing for this for a long time. It is very important for me to be a national champion, ”Chirag Vishnu said, noting that the country’s best players Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanatan have won the competition in the past.

When asked, Chirag agreed that Sidharth Rawat, fellow trainee at the Pro Tennis Academy in the capital, a disciplined and determined player, was very helpful “on and off the court,” mentoring him.

High Chirag, a big fan of the Olympic Games Tokyo champion Alexander Zverev of Germany, said he will play in the men’s tournaments in Egypt and Tunisia in the coming weeks to advance his professional career.

Chirag got a taste of the men’s international circuit in the qualifiers of two home tournaments this season, before the second wave of COVID-19 paused proceedings.

He loves badminton and swimming, but after long hours of tennis and fitness, he has no time to think about other games or activities.

Vishnu, a Tennishub member who sponsored the national junior championship, congratulated Chirag on his double triumph and said it was commendable given the wet conditions and the delayed rain in the tournament.



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