PUNE: Prithvi Sekhar accomplished greater than a wearing milestone when he received the lads’s singles name on the International Deaf tennis championships in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday.

The 26-year-old from Chennai, born with listening to loss, defeated Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Smedek 6-4, 6-Three within the ultimate, including to the doubles bronze he had received with Prashanth Dasharath Harsambhavi previous within the week.

It is the fruits of an eventful adventure, which had previous witnessed a gold medal within the International Railways championships in Might this yr and the blended doubles bronze on the Deafylimpics in July 2017.

“Tennis way my existence,” Prithvi informed TOI upon returning house on Monday.

“My oldsters sought after me to absorb a person recreation like tennis triumph over my incapacity. I began enjoying on the age of 8,” stated the teenager, a B.Tech and MBA graduate.

To mention Prithvi had hurdles to triumph over could be declaring the most obvious.

He suffered an arm harm that put him out of motion for just about a yr, however the larger problem was once from inside.

“He’s bodily reasonably tough and suppleness could be very prime. However mentally he was once missing vainness when he began to start with,” stated his trainer Suresh Kumar.

“As soon as he understood that we deal with him the best way we deal with everybody, which was once now not the case out of doors of tennis, he got here out of that. Recreation helped him pop out of the inferiority complicated.”

Training Prithvi introduced a recent set of demanding situations for Kumar himself.

“First of all speaking was once an issue. I could not make out whether or not he understood what I used to be pronouncing. He was once doing lip-reading, so the tonality was once misplaced. Simplest the phrases remained,” the trainer stated.

Loss of listening to way Prithvi can not make out the standard of the pictures all through a fit, a facet emphasized via South Korean Duck-hee Lee, who performs at the ATP Excursion.

“The visible data is the utmost however the auditory data performs a component too,” stated Kumar.

“It is a unconscious factor. While you strike the ball, the sound will give you a cue concerning the high quality of the shot. He was once missing it utterly. But it surely has a bonus too, as a result of he isn’t distracted via the rest.”

With tennis offering a big reduction for him from an another way harsh existence setting, Prithvi’s hobby for the game stored rising more potent.

After enjoying in AITA occasions, he moved as much as ITF Futures, enjoying in qualifying rounds of his house occasions in 2012 and 2013. His first win got here in 2015 in Madurai.

However his luck on court docket put him at odds along with his oldsters — father Sekhar is a retired engineer and mom Gomathi a house maker. Having inspire him to play the sport to triumph over his shortcomings, they have been now anxious about securing his long run.

“When he was once going via his MBA, the drive began to construct on him,” stated Kumar.

“However as soon as he discovered a task (with the Integral Trainer Manufacturing facility), it eased the drive on him and he began to play freely. I’m certain that if he began 10 years in the past (at the professional circuit) he would were a lot upper now.”

The necessary step forward got here in Anning, China, the place he registered his first major draw victory in September final yr. That earned him his first ATP rating level and his identify gave the impression at the ATP laptop at 1700.

As he appears forward, Prithvi may really feel each excited and concerned. Taking on tennis full-time way Rs. 25 lakh in keeping with annum to hide travelling bills on my own. Thus, discovering a big sponsor turns into a prerequisite.

But, given his luck thus far, no hurdle can also be insurmountable.



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