Chandigarh: Once top ranked in under-12, under-14 and under-16 category in All India Tennis Association (AITA) rankings, Sachin on Sunday is forced to mentor the next generation at the age of 18 years.
He is hopeful that by these earnings he will be able to pool money to participate in the upcoming tennis events and live his dream of playing the international circuit. “I have been educated in tennis and only know tennis so I am utilising it to earn some money” said Sachin. Sachin comes from a humble Army background and gets upset on tennis being a little costly but he still want to realise his dream. Remembering his first encounter with the game he says, “I first came to know about tennis in 2006 when I was just eight.
At that time I knew nothing about the game. Army was taking trial for to nurture kids in tennis in Chandigarh. My neighbours asked ny parents to send me there so from Abohar I came to the city.” According to him, among 300 children were chosen and he found himself amongst them. From there his journey in the sport started, away from his parents. “I played my first tournament at a tournament organised by Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association. At that time I was just eight and had practiced for just few months. I performed well at that.” He remembers with a smile on his face. During the time he has to go through a rough physical training. “I used to hide in the cupboard due to fear of my coaches” he grins “they trained me well and I became their best student in CLTA. Even when the Army terminated their scheme in 2009 CLTA showed faith in me” he added. During the period he had to pay a very nominal pay in CLTA. Then came his hey days first he became top ranked in under-12 then in under-14 and 16 as well. He also got selected in Under-14 to represent India in Qatar.
“The time changed when I was asked by AITA to take coaching in Delhi. I opted seeing a better opportunity but the story was totally different” urges Sachin. He irks that for first 6 month there was no coach and when they managed he was there for 6 months. “I was there for one month and we had a coach only for middle six periods. I still remember the date of camp. I think 2012 January to 2013 May” he added. After that he returned to Chandigarh and when CLTA to help him asked they refused saying that he ditched them. Today, he is forced to train students so that he can live his dream. He is eyeing to get into Army and play from there.
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