Rishi Reddy hailing from Bengaluru is ranked as 300 in the World Juniors, 10th in Junior India & 49th in Men’s India. He has added so many feathers to his cap. Rishi was among the top 10 in India in juniors, 300 in juniors in the World. His towering achievement so far is when he beat the U-16 No.1 in World.
What is your practice routine like?
I start from morning 9 to 12 and then from 3 to 4.30 I practice tennis. Then I will spend some time from 6 to 7.30 at the gym to maintain my fitness.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from tour?
I will be really tired after the tournament. So, obviously I would crave to have homely food made by my mom.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
I would love to be as Usain bolt. And I would stop using transport for that day. That would be the moment that I would always wish for.
What drives you to go for training every day?
What drives me more to the training is that my parents would be really happy to see me telecasted on tv by representing the country. There is no other joy that can replace the happiness of your parents.
Any rituals you follow
For Pre match I always meditate for 10 minute and then I warm up, so that my body is all set to go. While my posts match would be massage and stretching.
What does it mean to you to represent India?
It means everything to me. It’s my biggest goal in tennis and it’s why I wake up every day. To represent your own country is one of the best feeling that every athlete would wish for.
Your ultimate achievement?
I want to play Davis cup for India and make my parents proud. As I have said they are the most precious gift that god has given me. So I would do anything that would make them happy
Area of your game you need to improve?
I believe I will have to improve on my mental aspect. The way I perceive things must be one thing that I always have to work up on.
Initial hurdles you faced?
I was never a born athlete. So I had to put in a lot of work to make myself fit enough for the sport. I have faced a lot of problems with pressure. My hands used to shiver during matches. But I kept playing and learned how to control emotions.
Perks of being an athlete
Being able to travel around the world. Meeting new people. Learning a lot of new cultures and languages. And obviously bunking school
Your short and long term goals
My short term goal is doing well in Nationals in Fenesta in Delhi. While my Long-term goal is to be a part in Davis cup
“I was not an inborn athlete, hence I had to work hard for the sport.”
What’s on your bucket list?
1) Skinny dipping
2) Bungee jumping
3) Making my dad dance at my sister’s wedding.
Your plans & preparations for TOKYO 2020
Just working as hard as possible to travel a lot and get my ranking up to get entry for the Olympics. It would be my dream to represent the country. If it doesn’t happen in 2020. Then I would represent in 2024 .
One super power you wish you had, how would you use it?
Teleportation. I Would use it to get to anywhere So that I can avoid travelling. Because as an athlete I will have to travel a lot. So if I have the powers I will wander.
Greatest Indian athlete of all time?
Sachin Tendulkar. Every Indian would see him with so much of respect and dignity. The way he stood and fought against all the hurdles to achieve what he wished to be. This is where we see him as the legend.