Tanisha Kashyap is definitely a big prospect in Women`s tennis for India. While this 15-year-old Assamese girl is still young to be called a woman, she already has plans for the future.
I caught up with her and her ever so supportive mother to know about her journey so far and where is she heading for:
First encounter with tennis: When her father used to take her to the courts of Numaligarh Oil Refinery at the age of 5 years.
Tennis VS Swimming: Swimming was her first sporting activity. Her mother put her in the pool at a tender age of 2 years 6 months. She was good in both tennis and swimming and she had to decide between the two. At the age of 11 years she decided to take up tennis as the sport to pursue.
Early days: She studied at DPS in Assam till class 1. Post that the family shifted to Saudi Arabia and she studied there.
Tennis first and last love: She is full time into tennis. She is pursuing online education/ exams and is currently in 10th standard.
Brave Heart Parents: Both the parents had no qualms of their daughter pursuing her tennis dreams. Her mother and often her father travels with Tanisha for her tournaments.
Daddy Great: Her father coached her during her formative years.
Tanisha Kashyap training hard under coach Vishal Uppal at DLTA
- Winner of Under -16 Fenesta National Champion in 2017
- Semi finalist at Women`s Fenesta National Champion in 2017
- Semi finalist at Under-18 Fenesta National Champion in 2017
- Represented India in Under-14 Road to Wimbledon in 2016
7.45 am to 8.00 am – Warm Up
8.00 am to 10.30 am – Tennis Training
10.30 am to 11.45 am – Fitness Training (Cardio & Endurance)
———————- LUNCH BREAK ————————————-
2.45 pm to 3.00 pm – Warm UP
3.00 pm to 5.00 pm – Tennis Training
5.00 pm to 6.00 pm – Gym
Tanisha Kashyap (facing back) playing a practice match at DLTA
It Ain`t A Sugary Tale: In the house it is a strict no to any sugary items to keep a check on Tanisha`s strict dietary regime. The parents in order to fall in line with the sacrifice of their daughter also has tea without sugar.
Diet: A strict diet followed
- Less oily food
- Lots of vegetables, fruits, proteins and carbohydrates (includes soup and grilled chicken)
- 1 apple, 2 pomegranates, 2 oranges and 4 bananas daily
- 4-6 eggs daily
Favorite Tennis Players: Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Garbiñe Muguruza.
Favorite Grand Slams: Wimbledon and Australian Open
Strength: Serve, forehand and fitness. She has good stamina to last a grueling 3 set, an attribute she has developed because of her serious stint with early age swimming and running.
Orange Bowl Experience:Towards the end of 2017 she played the prestigious Orange Bowl tournament. She had sweet memories. At the same time, she laments that she lost the final qualifying round to her Chinese opponent after leading 4-1 in the final set.
Sponsors: Head as racquet sponsor & Nike as apparel sponsor
Favorite Family Time: Her more than a month U.S trip with her parents and younger brother.
Favorite Cheat Food: Pizza
Immediate Goal: The main goals for 2018 are:
- To train in an academy in Europe. To decide after visiting a few of them like Mouratoglou Tennis Academy (MTA), Waske Tennis University etc
- To play in the ITF Women`s circuit
Author`s Take: A talented player in the country with a bright future. The fact that she underwent proper professional coaching quite late and still is India`s number 1 junior speaks of her innate talent. As she slowly enters into the professional circuit she will require a good amount of financial support. Unfortunately, unlike players from states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Hyderabad and Delhi players from Assam do not get good financial support. The reason being the state association not being heavily funded and also lacks big private companies.
It will be great that the Oil companies based in Assam like Oil India Limited (OIL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) support her just like in the case of somebody like Ankita Raina. In fact, Salsa Aher from Pune who is Tanisha`s peer is also financially supported locally.