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Wednesday , February 13 , 2013
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Nitten has brought good luck for Nitin

Calcutta: For Nitin Kirtane, ‘Nitten Kirrtane’ has brought good luck.

Till 2008, the Maharashtrian was known to the world as Nitin Kirtane before he decided to change the spelling of his name with the help of numerologist Swetta Jumaani. On Tuesday, Nitten said the change has benefited him.

“I was going through a very bad phase… My wife Rhheeya suggested that I change the spelling of my name… So, I thought of trying it… And, indeed, it brought me luck. I was relaxed mentally and I won a lot of tournaments over the last five years.”

So what brought about the change?

“In 2005, I had a major accident and I had to undergo several surgeries… I took three years to recuperate. But then, I suffered another injury in my Achilles… It was a scary period… So, I decided to go ahead and change the name.”

The 38-year-old Nitten is at the twilight of his career and wants to win some tournaments before calling it a day.

“I’m playing well in the singles and I want to play for another two years… I want to give the youngsters a bit of competition,” said Nitten.

On a different note, Nitten said the tennis rebels chose a wrong time to stage their protest.

“It was an absolutely wrong time… You don’t stage protest two weeks before a Davis Cup tie.”

He said that the players took South Korea lightly and had to face the consequence.

“I think both the players as well as the All India Tennis Association did not think about the consequences. They took South Korea lightly and we paid the price,” said Nitten.