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.

Ramkumar @ 184!!!

Blog By- Harinadh.A.S

Indian Tennis Player Ramkumar Ramanathan climbed from ATP Ranking no. 222 to 184. It is his best achievement in his tennis career. He gained 57 points from the Antalya open and climbed 38 places in the Rankings. He defeated Eight seed Dominic Thiem before the quarter-final of Antalya Open. He became the India’s no.1 player jumping 38 places in the rankings. Earlier Yukri Bhamri was India’s no.1 player, but Thiem managed to gain it.

He also defeated  Rogerio Dutra Silva, who is at ATP Ranking no. 69 and he met Thiem in the next game. He then made a wonderful victory.  But he was stopped by Marcus Baghdatis in the quarter-final of the Antalya open. He faced defeat after a tight competition. The score was 7-6, 3-6 and 6-7.

 He shocked the tennis world by defeating Dominic Thiem for 6-3, 6-2. He made an easy win over the Austrian Tennis player.

Yukri Bhamri, who is affected with an injury fell down to the ranking of 222. Other Indian players are- Prajnesh Gunneswaran (259), N Sriram Balaji (291) and Sumit Nagal (342). In the doubles, Rohan Bopanna is the leading Indian in the ranking with ATP Ranking 21. Then Purav Raj and Divij Sharan in 57, Leander Paes in 62 and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan in 90.

In the women’s section Sania Mirza is top in the doubles with ATP Ranking 7.

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