Rishi Reddy is a 19-year-old tennis prospect from Bangalore. After another grueling day of tennis, I catch up with up with him at Coffee Café Day (CCD), Indiranagar before he rushes of for his fitness regime in the evening. He is currently ranked in top 3 in Karnataka and ranked no 78 in India in the Men`s section.
First encounter with tennis – As an 8-year-old old
Family – Both his parents are doctors who have been supportive of his tennis
Education – He has left proper education since his school days and have totally dedicated himself to tennis. Currently pursuing BBA long distance program
Love for tennis – Tennis is his first love and rest can wait
Favourite Player – Roger Federer for his class and Rafael Nadal for his fighting qualities
Wanderer – He started off his formative years in Bangalore. Then he travelled to train in Pune, Hyderabad and now again back to Bangalore.
Training Academy – Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy (RBTA)
Why RBTA? –
- Coaches including the experienced Aubrey Barrett who has worked with top players in the world
- Rohan Bopanna`s close involvement helping with his experience in the tour
- Good hitting partners as his peers including Nishep Ballekere are joining the academy
Daily Schedule – 3 hours of tennis during the day and 1 and half hour of fitness
Fitness Training – At Peak Performance under Yash Pandey, who also travels with India`s Davis Cup team
Playing Strength – Strong game and stamina. Body is even prepared to play five sets
Weakness – Feels that he is mentally not strong
Work on mental strength – Works under Arjun Gautam to improve his mental conditioning
Total no of tournaments for 2018– To play around 23 ITF Futures across the world, out of which 6 will be in India
Foreign Academy – Planning to train in RV Tennis Academy in Barcelona
Why RV Tennis Academy –
- Unlike for example Rafa Nadal Academy, RV Tennis Academy is only into tennis training and does not include academics in it. Thus, it is focussed only on tennis
- His best friend Vasisht Cheruku also trains there
Short term goal – to get his first ATP point
Long term goal – to play Davis Cup, Olympics and Grand Slams
Next Stop – To go to Vietnam and Egypt to play ITF Futures Tourneys
Seeing his endless dedication and commitments towards his sport, we all wish him all the very best for a bright future.
That’s my lil’ bro! ♥️
Hi Bhavya, thanks for the comment. We are all proud of your brother`s passion and commitment for tennis. Keep on supporting him like you all are doing right now.