On the court
KARAN RASTOGI, 25, Tennis player
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.
“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”