JOSHNA CHINAPPA

Blog by : Anuradha Guha

JOSHNA CHINAPPA

Joshna Chinappa is a professional Indian squash player.

She was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu on 15th September, 1986. Playing squash runs in Chinappa’s blood. Her family has been interested and actively participating in the game for more than four generations. Her great-grandfather, Marshall K. M. Cariappa, was the Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army. He also actively played squash and it was he who started the tradition of playing this game in the family. Chinappa’s father, Anjan Chinappa,  like her great-grandfather also regularly plays squash and has represented India in a variety of international games multiple times.

From a very young age, Chinappa was deeply enamored with this game and considered taking it up as a career. She started playing squash at the Madras Cricket Club from the tender age of 8. Due to her extreme interest in the game, though she continued with her studies, she was never really into them.

Till date, she has played 10 senior and 10 junior National Championships. When she was 14 years old, she was awarded the epithet of the Youngest Senior National Champion.

Chinappa was the first Indian to win the British Squash Championship Title in 2003. In 2004 she won the Indian National Senior, Indian National Junior, Malaysian Junior, Asian Championship, at the Hong Kong Event and at the SAF Games in Pakistan. She was also the Runner-Up at British Open Junior. In 2005, Chinappa was the runner-up at World Junior Championships in Belgium. In the same year, she also won the Asian Junior and British Junior Open. In 2009, she was the winner at NCS Series No. 6 (Tour 12). In 2017, she was the winner at the Asian Squash Title. In 2018, Joshna Chinappa won at the Commonwealth Games.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Chinappa, side by side with Deepika Pallikal Karthik won the squash women’s doubles gold medal, thus making it India’s first Commonwealth Games medal in the sports category.

In spite of her talent, it wasn’t a smooth road for Joshna to reach the place she has today. She was quoted saying- “I chose squash as I was comfortable and there was a sense of familiarity to it.” She has mentioned that she could access the squash courts easily due to her father’s membership, for which she was grateful. But she had to face a problem most sportspersons have to- financial problems.

She couldn’t participate in more than three or four games a year because it was not possible for her family to afford so much travelling expenses. Due to such financial problems, when she got chances to play abroad, she would travel alone since her parents could not afford to come with her every time.

She stresses upon the roles played by parents in helping their children maintain a positive attitude, and as is known, no athlete could succeed with a negative attitude towards the games. She said- “Parents backing is very important.”

She has said in several interviews that she would like to give back to sport. She also highlights that education is extremely important for young people since it is an effective back-up.

She was quoted saying- “I want to help out fellow players and would love to share my knowledge with upcoming players. It would be great to give back to the sport.”

 

Manika Batra : Table Tennis

Blog by : Khusboo Kothatri

Manika Batra is an Indian table tennis player. As of April 2018, she is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 58th in the world.

Batra was born on 15 June 1995 as the youngest of three children.She hails from Naraina Vihar in Delhi and began playing table tennis at the age of four.Her elder sister Anchal and elder brother Sahil both played table tennis,with Anchal having an influence on her during her early playing career. After winning a match in a state-level under-8 tournament, Batra decided to train under coach Sandeep Gupta who suggested her to switch to Hans Raj Model School where he ran his academy.

Batra turned down many modelling offers as a teenager. When she was 16, she declined a scholarship to train at the Peter KarlssonAcademy in Sweden. She studied at the Jesus and Mary College for a year before dropping out to “concentrate” on table tennis.

In 2011, Batra won the silver medal in the under-21 category of the Chile Open.She represented India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow, where she finished quarterfinalist,as well as the 2014 Asian Games. She won three medals at the 2015 Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships,winning silver in the women’s team event (with Ankita Das and Mouma Das) as well as the women’s doubles event (with Ankita Das) and bronze in the women’s singles event.

Batra won three gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games, winning the women’s doubles event (with Pooja Sahasrabudhe), mixed doubles event (with Anthony Amalraj) and women’s team event (with Mouma Das and Shamini Kumaresan). Batra was denied a fourth gold medal at the Games by Mouma Das, who defeated her in the final of the women’s singles event.She qualified for the women’s singles event of the 2016 Summer Olympics by winning the South Asia group of the qualification tournament in April 2016.However, her appearance at the 2016 Olympics short-lived, as she lost to Katarzyna Grzybowska of Poland in the first round of the women’s individual event.

Batra led the Indian women’s team to a gold medal win in the final against four-time gold medalists and defending champions Singapore at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. The Singapore women’s table tennis team had never lost in the Commonwealth Games since the sport was inducted in the program in 2002. Batra defeated world number 4 Feng Tianwei as well as Zhou Yihan in India’s 3–1 win in the final.

Batra and Mouma Das won India’s maiden silver medal in the women’s doubles category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games losing to defending champions Feng Tianwei and Yu Mengyu of Singapore in the gold medal clash. Manika Batra became 1st Indian woman to bag a commonwealth table tennis individual gold medal in CWG 2018 by beating Yu Mengyu of Singapore. These games were like dream run for Batra as she won 4 medals in 4 events she was participating out of which 2 are gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Harry boniface prabhu: Inspiration on Wheelchair

Blog by: Raj Kishan

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it is going to launch you into something great. So just focus and keep aiming. So just focus and keep aiming. Life dragged him backwards, by making him quadriplegic but he didn’t lose him heart, he launched himself to greatness.

We are talking about Harry Boniface Prabhu, Indian quadriplegic wheelchair tennis player. He was born on 14 May 1972, at Bangalore. At the age of four, the tragedy struck, when a blotched lumbar made him paralysed below waist and made him a quadriplegic for the remainder of his life.

“My instructor came up to me and suggested that I should play a sport that will give me a better platform in life. So one fine day, I saw in one of our local newspaper that there is a disability national championship happening in Dharwad, in the north of Karnataka. First time I sat on a proper wheelchair and got a third place bronze in discus throw, followed by a gold medal. So it strongly motivated me and from there on I never looked back.” He said in an interview reminding how he came into sports. Now he is one of the pioneers in the sports world in India. He says that he took tennis because it keeps him busy all year, but the main reason is that the tennis association always trained disabled and abled players under one umbrella so he feels good about it.

As for his training, at first, he has a very tough training, the regime had him training six to seven hours a day. Later, he reduced the hours and worked on the mental aspects of the game. He does weight training and breathing exercises. Apart from that, he has normal training and wheels for ten to twenty hours a day. Speaking about his technique he says, “The technique is called on-court access. See, it will be easy for any person to move his body. But for me I have to maneuver wheelchair on the court. I prefer a manual chair and not happy on a power chair because when you serve, in seconds you have to be ready to receive the ball which can only be possible in a manual chair.”

His career and medals are as follows:

:Winner – Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Championship – 2007
Winner – Singles – Florida open – 2004
Winner – Doubles – Florida open – 2004
Runner-up – Sydney International Wheelchair Open Tennis – 2003
Quarter finalist – Australian Open International Wheelchair Tennis – 2003
Winner – Japan Open Wheelchair Tennis Championship – 2001
Winner – Sydney International Wheelchair Tennis Championship – 1999
Runner up – Australian Open – 1999
Semi finalist Singles – US Open – 1998
Semi finalist Doubles – US Open – 1998

Boniface has reached a career best world ranking of 17 in singles and 19 in doubles. He has been the highest ranked player in Asia in 2011, present ranking being no. 2. He is the no. 1 player in India. He has won 11 career titles and has featured in the finals of all the grand slam tournaments.

His awards and honours list is long and fine:

Padma Shri – Government of India – 2014
Prathiba Bhushan
Rising Star of the Millennium Award
Ekalavya Award – Government of Karnataka – 2004
Rajyotsava Award – Government of Karnataka – 2003
Swabhiman Appreciation Award – Daijiworld Weekly – 2011

Boniface Prabhu is the founder of a trust, Boniface Prabhu Wheelchair Tennis Academy, based in Bangalore. The trust aims at promoting physically challenged people discovering and nurturing their talents. The Academy provides free sports training to differently enabled people.

He took to the cause of PWDs with open arms by driving 3,500 km from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. This was first of its kind road expedition by a quadriplegic athlete.

“Just chase your dreams,” is the simple yet profound message of Harry Boniface. So, just go for it.

MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES ARE BETTER ATHLETES

Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi

Professional tennis players may be making a living off of their tennis skill, but their athletic talent reaches far beyond just their tennis abilities. Most of our favorite players grew up playing additional sports and still incorporate many of these sports into their cross-training – soccer, tennis soccer, basketball, ballet, etc. Don’t believe us? Here are just a few examples.

With a soccer uncle and a tennis uncle, Rafael Nadal grew up playing both sports competitively before deciding to exclusively pursue the latter.

At age 14, Andy Murray turned down a spot in the Rangers Football Club School of Excellence in favor of tennis.
Gael Monfils, one of the most athletic people on this planet, had more than just one professional sports path open to him. He is a talented basketball player who can nonchalantly dunk and an incredible sprinter who excelled in the 100M dash as a teenager. His former track coach is certain he could have been an Olympian if he had kept with it.

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Nick Kyrgios will play basketball any chance he gets. He has even admitted that he actually does not like tennis and that basketball is his true passion.
Why is all of this important? There are a ton of benefits, both mentally and physically, of playing multiple sports while growing up.

Physical Benefits

  • Injury Prevention: Many young female soccer players tear their ACL because of overuse. When they are constantly playing soccer, their muscles are only being used in one way, making them very susceptible to injury. Different sports require different muscle groups, different uses of the same muscles, and less of a chance of overuse.
  • Increase Overall Strength: By using different muscle groups in different sports, young athletes increase their overall strength.
  • Improve footwork: Soccer and basketball help increase speed, agility, coordination, and balance. All of these things translate onto the tennis court. Just look at Nadal, Murray, Monfils, and Kyrgios’ footwork and movement on the court.
  • Flexibility and Strength: Earlier this year, Djokovic revealed that he takes ballet. No wonder his strength, flexibility, and gracefulness are off the charts on the court.

Mental Benefits

Avoid Burning Out: Playing multiple sports allows young athletes to change gears, to not focus all of their attention and energy on one sport all of the time. This keeps them interested and passionate about what they are playing.
Field Vision: Vision is a key part of sports and something that is very difficult to teach. Multi-sport athletes will actually become smarter tennis players. By forcing them out of a type of tennis tunnel vision and focusing their attention on figuring out another sport, they will be able to more easily think through the complexities of tennis strategy. Kids will learn to see and understand the court or field more clearly.
Mental toughness: Every sport requires mental toughness. Physical toughness is important, but I would argue mental toughness is one of the key factors that help us accomplish incredible things. The mind is a very powerful tool. The more ways a young athlete is exposed to challenges and forced to prepare and react, the more mentally strong they will become.

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Rohan Bopanna- The King of Indian Tennis

Blog By- Harinadh.A.S

In India Tennis is not so developed. But the India given world stars like Sania Mirza, Amritraj brothers, Mahesh Bhupathi and  Leander Paes. Among them Rohan Bopanna has a special position in the list. Even at the age of 37 he became the French Open recently. He is a leading star of Davis Cup for India. He is among the four persons who crowned the Grand Slam title from India. He has a good ranking in the past years in the mixes doubles. He along with Gabriela Dabrowski won the French open mixed doubles title. This is his first Grand Slam. So with this victory, his name is also added to the list of Indians who won the Grand Slam.

His highest ranking ever in his title was world no.3 in 2013 July 22. Bopanna played well in the 2010 Davis Cup. He helped India to be back in the world group in tennis. He became the runners up along with Aisam- Ul- Haq Qureshi in the 2010 US Open. They were defeated by Bryan Brothers in the Final.  Aisam- Ul- Haq Qureshi  and Mahesh Bhupathi were his best pairs. Rohan Bopanna as a great player he is the hard worker too. He played in the Rio Olympics of 2016.

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