Hyderabad: Rishab Agarwal finally heaved a sigh of relief when he won his maiden ITF tennis title. Combining with Diego Barretto Sanchez of Spain, the Hyderabad player annexed the $15k ITF men’s doubles title in Cairo, Egypt.
Now settled in Spain and training at Walter Grunfeld Academy in Barcelona, the 25-year-old, who resides in Banjara Hills in Hyderabad, said this title would be a new beginning for his professional career. “As there were a lot of restrictions in India because of Covid-19 pandemic, I had shifted to Spain early this year to improve my game and rankings. I want to build my career,’’ said Agarwal from Cairo.
Agarwal was a promising tennis player winning a good number of junior tournaments in India before he lost his way in the seniors. “I was No.1 in under-18 and won a good number of junior tournaments but somehow was not successful in the seniors. But this title win could boost my confidence. I plan to play more and more tournaments. By training in Barcelona, it is an advantage for me as I would travel to nearby places to play tournaments which I could not do in India,’’ said Agarwal, who trains under Vasudev Reddy and Strength & Conditioning coach Harsha Midathala in Hyderabad.
Agarwal, who is ranked 900 in the world, said he is not aiming for anything big now. “It would be a step by step process. I would focus on my physical fitness. Let me see how it goes,’’ signed off Agarwal, who was grateful for his parents’ support.
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