Somdev – Tennis Sensation

The Tripura boy born in Assam, groomed in Chennai and United States – Somdev Devvarman is the new Indian sensation. Sania Mirza created the same ripple few years back. Now an Indian male tennis star has come to the global tennis circuit. He sent Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic to pack his bags the other day. The Chennai open brought cheers to the Indian tennis lovers. The world’s No.25 and the fourth seed at the Chennai Open – Ivo Karlovic was defeated 7-6(4), 6-4 by Somdev. Before this he trounced former world No.1 and two-time Chennai open Champion Carlos Moya. With these victories Somdev is moving fast to clinch the championship at his training ground.

Despite 6 feet 10 inches threatening height of Ivo Carlovic, Somdev hot pursued the Croat and gave a bitter defeat. All the thunderbolts fired at the small India were smashed. With his trademark passing shots he checkmated the Croat hero on the court.

His parents – PK. Devvarman and Rajana Verman were very supportive for his success. Somadev’s father was in the income tax department of Chennai. From the tennis courts of Chennai Somdev learnt to fight coolly his battles.

Every Indian is cross fingered to see the crowning of Somdev as Chennai open’s champion. With the home support reaching the high peak, one expects him to give his nation the jubilant moment.

Somdev’s life graph
DoB: February 13,1985
Place of Birth: Assam
Residence: Charlottesville (US)
Coach: Jacek Wolicki
Height: 5ft 11in
Racquet: Babolat Pure Drive
Spent 3 years (2001-03) at Britannia Amritraj Academy under Ilyias Hussain and Ramalinga Reddy
Virginia’s all-time career singles winner with 156 victories
One of 13 to have won back-to-back NCAA Division I singles titles
Owes a lot of his present game, fitness and mental conditioning to coaches at University of Virginia – Brian Boland and Tony Bresky
Coming off a 3 week training stint with former world No.1, andy Roddick at his private residence in Texas”
Source: The Times of India, 12.1.2009, p.23


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