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Twin state laurels for boy

A 10-year-old talent from Jamshedpur has wielded his racquet to get tongues wagging in the city.

Meet little champ Asish Sinha, who recently claimed two back-to back U-12 titles at the state championships held under the banner of Calcutta-based Bengal Tennis Association. Asish, sources said, had been taking lessons from professional tennis coaches in Calcutta, which had helped him a great deal at his age.

The upcoming tennis star started his victory charge by bagging the Under-12 state title at Bengal Tennis Association Complex in November this year and followed that up by winning the same honour in December again.

The 10-year-old defeated Kemp O’Brien in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in the November summit clash before outwitting Kinshuk Mullick 1-4, 4-0 and 1-5 recently.

A Class VI student of DAV (NIT), Adityapur, Asish honed his skills at the Tata Steel tennis Training Centre in the city before shifting base to Calcutta. He is currently being trained by Hiralal Das and Debapriya Das “Rishi” in the Bengal capital’s Vision Search Tennis Coaching Centre.

“He is a talented player who can make loads of improvements in his game. He trains with other senior professional players at the camp, which is run especially for outstation players. Asish is a dedicated junior who harbours dreams of making it big on the professional circuit someday,” said Rishi.

He added that before his stint at Vision Search, Asish had trained in Jamshedpur under the eyes of Bipul Kumar for three-four years.

“Actually we spotted him during the Jharkhand Tennis Development Scheme held at JRD Tata Sports Complex in 2008. He came up very well during the matches. Later, we spoke to his parents who agreed to send him over for training here with us,” added Rishi.

“He is at a tender age now and will make gradual improvements in the days to come. We are very hopeful about his future in tennis,” the coach said.


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