Hello world! Meet Karman Kaur Thandi (18 years old) who is training right now in Nice, France at Mouratoglou Tennis Academy!
Karman’s highest ranking in ITF juniors (International Tennis Federation) was 32. She won the “WTA Future Stars” in 2014 which was held in Singapore.
She was kind enough to squeeze some time to answer my questions below.
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Karman Kaur tell us something about yourself, your schooling and college.
“I started playing tennis when I was 8 years old. My parents put me in this sport during the school vacations just as a hobby and for fitness. “
“I went to Ryan International School Vasant Kunj . Currently I am pursuing my degree first year at Jesus and Mary college ( Delhi University).”
As a child what did you dream of becoming?
“As a child I always used to dream of becoming a tennis player and be the best in that, which is to be number 1 in the world. “
“I chose tennis. When I was young I played many games. But I chose tennis because I really liked the game and enjoyed playing it. And my parents encouraged me to go further in the sport.”
What was the first tournament you won and how did you progress from there on?
“Two months after I had started playing tennis I took part in an ‘Under-10’ tournament in Delhi and won it. That was my first tournament victory. After that I stared played National level tournaments. I was number 1 in the country under-14, under-16, under-18. I gradually started playing international tournaments and now am playing in the international women’s circuit.”
You are currently ranked number 2 in AITA (All India Tennis Association) women’s rankings, tell us more about it.
“Yes right now I am no.2 in AITA women’s ranking. I didn’t play a lot of tournaments the last year however this year I plan to play more tournaments and improve my ranking.”
What is your next target, how do you plan to achieve it?
“My next target is to get my WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) ranking under top 300 by the end of the year. I am gonna work hard and give my best to achieve it.”
Tell us something about your interaction with international players or any other interesting personalities.
“When I won the 2014 WTA Future stars, I received the winner trophy from Li Na. I met all the top players there and the atmosphere was fascinating.
By interacting with top players like Li Na, Sania Mirza, Maria Sharapova I gathered a lot of motivation.”
What is your dream and your vision for Indian Tennis?
“My dream as an Indian tennis player is to reach Top 10 in the world and win a few Grand Slams.
And my vision for Indian Tennis is to win the Fed Cup and bring a gold home in Olympics! “
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On behalf of fellow tennis enthusiasts in India, I wish you very well in all your future pursuits! Hope your dreams come true soon!
–Varun Mannava (Tennis enthusiast, Self-published author)