Chetan baboor: A paddler par excellence

By Arpita Gulyani

Four men’s national singles titles, two Commonwealth gold for doubles and runner-up in the Asia Cup and Commonwealth Championships – Indian table tennis player Chetan Baboor’s cupboard of trophies speaks volumes about his prowess and skills. He is one of the most well admired tennis players of India and his versatility as a player has been famous in both national and international circuits. An Arjuna awardee, Baboor has made quite a name for himself in the arena of table tennis in the world. In the following lines, we have provided detailed information about the early life and career of this outstanding player.


Chetan Baboor remained the winner of national title four times. He won two doubles gold in Commonwealth Championship and in 1997 he was revered by the Arjuna Award. Later, Chetan moved to the U.S. to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree in the Thunderbird University, Arizona, in 2001.

The trophies speak volume about the success and achievements of Chetan Baboor, the well admired tennis player of India. He bagged four men’s national singles titles, two Commonwealth gold for doubles and runner up in the Asia Cup and Commonwealth Championships. Chetan Baboor, though an Indian player, was revered and praised for his versatility as a player in both national and international circuits. In nineties, Baboor spent about six years in Swedish club Kalmar. During his professional life, at the time of his belonging to Kalmar, a top division club, he played at the side of some legendary figures of tennis like Jan Ove Waldner. Being experienced of playing with important tennis advocators as Jan Ove Waldner in the Kalmer Club, Chetan Baboor has honed his skills a lot.

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In 1992 in Barcelona, in1996 Atlanta and in 2000 Sydney Olympics Chetan Baboor was selected to represent India and in several World championships, Commonwealth, South Asian Federation and Asian championships. Between 1998 and 2000, Baboor was in the midst of a purple patch. At the time he vanquished Chinese 1996 Olympics singles gold medallist Liu Guoliang and Ma Wenge and the 1996 Olympics bronze medallist Jorg Rosskopf of Germany. Chetan was the only person in India, who set the record of winning the national championship four times. In Commonwealth Championships, Chetan earned the fame of being the winner of two gold medals.


He previously a profession best world rank of 68 in 1999 and performed his last special day (Globe Championships) in 2004. He currently resides in Bangalore/New York, NY and happens to be a presenter for the Asian Video games, presenting for it channel Ten Sports activities. He is presently functioning at Axtria Inc. as a co-employee Principal.

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