This memoir is the first ever documented chronicle by an Indian female tennis player. At a time when professional tennis for women was unheard of in India, she embarked on this journey with sheer will, determination and talent. The narrative is refreshingly unique as it keeps tennis as the crux and also touches upon issues dealing with society, travel, safety, money and the tennis system in India.
Nirupama Vaidyanathan was the No. 1 female tennis player from India in 1991 to 2001. She was also the first woman tennis professional from India and holds the record for first Indian woman to win a round at a Grand Slam at Australian Open 1998. After retiring from pro tennis, she founded a tennis academy in Santa Clara, California called Niru's Tennis Academy. Nirupama made a comeback and played at the CWG 2010 and Asian Games 2010 alongside Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. She was the mixed doubles partner of Rohan Bopanna at Commonwealth Games 2010 and was the first Indian mother to play tennis for India at the age of 33. Nirupama has partnered with World No. 1 Kim Clijsters and has played against Venus and Serena Williams. Nirupama frequently writes for newspapers and magazines and was part of the expert commentary team along with Vijay Amritraj for ESPN Star and Chennai Open for Wimbledon, US Open and other top events. She devotes her time to her tennis academy and lives with her husband and daughter in the USA.
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