'It’s my greatest gift'

The sport has actually been the backbone of my life. By a long shot it has been my greatest education. It has taught me mostly about myself. It has taken me to different places that I never dreamt of going to and have met people that I've never dreamt of meeting.

It has made me the person I am. Tennis is the greatest gift that my parents, especially my mother, has given me.

There are tons of memories of Sportstar. One of my highlights of Sportstar has been when I was on the cover. The aspect of covering sport to the fullest extent possible is what I like about the magazine. It has followed the trajectory and performance of Indians very well. It has had a huge impact on Indian sport. It is like what Filmfare [magazine] is to the film industry.

(As told to K. Keerthivasan)