On the court

KARAN RAS­TOGI, 25, Tennis player

India Today - - SIMPLY MUMBAI - BHASKAR Paul//www.in­di­a­to­day­im­ages.com

Karan Ras­togi played his first game when he was just four years old, while ac­com­pa­ny­ing his fa­ther to the tennis courts in Mum­bai. What started off with a plas­tic racket and ball turned into a se­ri­ous pro­fes­sion by the time Ras­togi turned 17. Since then, he has shown a com­mend­able level of skill and per­for­mance in the game. In 2004, Ras­togi was part of the In­dian Tennis Squad rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try at the Davis Cup. “Dur­ing my prac­tice ses­sions I re­alised that tennis was my call­ing,” says Ras­togi, who once ranked third among the World Un­der- 18 play­ers. His cur­rent As­so­ci­a­tion of Tennis Pro­fes­sional sin­gles rank­ing is 401.

THE DOWNER In 2008 Ras­togi was put out of ac­tion for al­most two years. Suf­fer­ing from se­vere back­aches, he had to be op­er­ated upon. “I was shat­tered when I was told that I might never play again,” he says. How­ever, af­ter rig­or­ous phys­io­ther­apy ses­sions, he bounced back win­ning in the sin­gles ti­tle at the In­ter­na­tional Tennis Fed­er­a­tion Fu­tures Event held in Chandi­garh, in March 2010.

GLO­RI­OUS MO­MENTS Ras­togi’s most mem­o­rable mo­ment was when he played against world tennis champ Rafael Nadal. It was at the Chen­nai Open in 2007 where, though he lost the match he man­aged to beat Nadal in the first set.

Con­tact: karan_ras­togi@hot­mail.com

sec­ond opinion

“Karan is a great player, he just needs to get the right op­por­tu­ni­ties” RAMA RAO COACH AND OWNER, PRACTENNIS ACADEMY AND­HERI ( W)

“Tennis is a ma­jor part of my life, I can’t sur­vive with­out it”

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