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Starting afresh, says Vishnu

Calcutta: For Vishnu Vardhan, Saturday’s National Grasscourt title is a big boost. Tendinitis on his right knee had ruled him out of the game for few months just when his career was set for a take-off.

He had participated in the Olympics and been part of the Davis Cup squad winning both his singles and doubles match against New Zealand. The injury had put his fledgling career in a spot.

Saturday’s performance has earned him a wildcard in the Challenger in Calcutta next month and Vishnu hopes to bag another in Chennai. That he didn’t get his serve broken right through the tournament has also given him confidence.

“It’s already been a week since I’ve been playing on grass. I was becoming comfortable with every passing day… Today’s performance was the best… everything just fell into place,” said Vishnu after defeating Jayaprakash Mohit Mayur 6-4,7-6 (7-4) in the final.

“I was injured for few months. I’m starting afresh. I’ve worked hard… I started with the Nationals… The result has motivated me. I’m really happy.”