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What does it take to build a successful career in professional tennis? What are the economics involved and the tough choices to make? Does the existing Indian tennis system support career growth and development? Why do we have so many singles players turning to doubles? Where does the Indian women’s game stand? How could things improve? From Sumit Nagal’s bank balance, to why we don’t have a single prominent women’s player in the fray, these are important questions that are ripe for public debate.
To help answer them, we have someone who has seen it all – Rohan Bopanna, recently crowned Australian Open Men’s doubles champion and one of India’s most successful tennis players, with two Grand Slams and multiple ATP wins to his credit. His career has faced many obstacles and his resilience and self-belief characterise a unique trajectory that has seen him peak at age 43. The man once known for his big serve has grown into the successful elder statesman of Indian tennis, ploughing a lone furrow on the ATP Tour while nurturing the next generations of players along the way.
A Q&A with the audience will follow.
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GoSports Foundation is a National Award-winning non-profit that builds career pathways to the Olympics and Paralympics for Indian athletes through best-in-class CSR-supported programs.
Rohan Bopanna is a Grand Slam Winner, Asian Games gold medalist, multiple Olympian, a member of the Indian Davis Cup team for over 20 years and the freshly minted World No. 1 in the ATP men’s doubles rankings. At 43, he continues to play doubles at the highest levels of the sport. Hailing from Kodagu, he started playing tennis at age 11 alongside playing hockey and football, until deciding to pursue tennis professionally at the age of 19. Starting off as a big-serving singles player, he eventually transitioned to doubles where he has found consistency and success for over two decades with a variety of partners. Alongside competing on the tour, he runs the Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy and actively mentors and supports the next crop of Indian doubles players. He is a certified barista with his own line of coffee and an active angel investor.
Nandan Kamath is a lawyer specialising in sports, gaming and technology law and is Managing Trustee of GoSports Foundation and Co-Founder of the Sports and Society Accelerator.