Vikas.G.Mehra divulged his talent to the World during the first match for India against Asia No.2 from Malaysia. He was unseeded & with no expectations had two match balls but still went out to lose the match. Since then he has added abundant number of medals and records to his list. Bagged 10 National level event title & 9 National level events runners up. The list of his medal tally goes on. Vikas has achieved so much and strives for more.
If You Could Change One Thing About Yourself, What Would It Be?
If I could control on my diet. As an athlete will have to maintain their physical appearance a lot. They must be physically and mentally fit, so proper diet does matters a lot.
Initial hurdles you faced and how did you tackle them?
There was a point where nothing was going right and all I kept saying to myself was it will pass like all the others. I had a lot of up’s and down’s in my life. And I have a good bunch off people who believe in me more than I do in myself. That always helped me to push myself and make me believe that I have the caliber to strive for anything.
Perks of being an athlete
Being an athlete would help you to find so many wonderful friends all around the place. Moreover, we will get to know the different cuisines, tradition and culture of different places.
What is your practice routine like?
I will go for training in the morning and evening for 5 hours. That’s the normal daily routine that I follow.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home from tour?
Jump on my bed and sleep for a really long time. It would be really tiring to travel a lot and spend so many hours for tournament, workouts and training.
If you could wake up tomorrow in the body of another athlete, who would it be?
I definitely love to be Roger Federer. And I will get on the grass court and win the Wimbledon again.
One habit that you want to break or you have broken?
It is to balance diet. It is a very difficult task to maintain the body with a proper diet. Soon, I will break this habit.
What drives you to go for training every day?
What drives me more to training is that the dream that one day I might just wake up as the World Champion. I can foresee my future and truly believes that I can achieve what I wished for.
Any rituals you follow
Music is my stress buster. It helps me to reveal my stress and play peacefully. It also stops my nervousness and gets me ready for any match.
One win/loss that you are very proud of.
Selection trials 2015
One match decided if I could get to represent Team India at the World Juniors in Netherlands. And I won in a close encounter which lasted 77 mins
What does it mean to you to represent India?
To be frank I still get goosebumps when I wear my India Jersey. It means the world to me and I would not trade it for anything. There are certain things in an athlete’s life that can never replace with other moments.
Your ultimate achievement?
My ultimate achievement is to play for India at the one of the commonwealth games to come and win a medal for India and make my country proud. (mostly 5-6 years later)
How will you want to be known in 10 years from now?
In the near future, I would like to be known as the boy who had a dream to win the World championship and the man who achieved it.
Area of your game you need to improve?
I think my legs needs to be really stronger to last with more fit players and my shot selection needs to improve. I believe each and every day an athlete would improve their skill. There is no end to learning new things.
My short goal is to be in the top 200 in the world rankings and my long term-goal is to be in the top 50 and win a medal for India at the Commonwealth games.
What is the scariest experience you have ever had?
The scariest experience is to travel around different countries for matches with no one accompanying. Neither parents nor the team would be there.
“The more you sweat, less regret”
Your most Embarrassing moment
I wore my T-shirt the wrong way before getting on court and realized 3 points later. That was the most embarrassing moment in my life.
One super power you wish you had?
I wish I had the powers to freeze time so that I can sleep a little longer. I will be really tired after all the daily practice and classes, so to sleep for a little longer would be the happiest thing that I can wish for.
Greatest Indian athlete of all time?
In today’s generation, it is definitely M.S.Dhoni . His life clearly shows how he has come up with nothing to everything that he possess now. Hard work paves way for a person to be successful.