Mohit eyes Davis Cup berth
It was a dream come true for Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash, when he clinched his maiden tennis national title in New Delhi a fortnight ago.
“I was not expecting that I will win the title this time but I always wanted to win the nationals. I worked hard for it,” Mohit told this paper from Pune.
The Tamil Nadu lad, who was the top seed at the senior nationals, defeated his friend and doubles partner Arjun Kadhe 6-3, 6-1 in the final, after losing to him in the quarter-finals last year.
“It feels good to have won against him. Arjun is a good compatriot and beat me last year in the nationals and a year earlier in the junior nationals final. But this time, I was more focused and wanted to win against him,” said the 20-year-old.
Mohit, who idolises Andre Agassi, now looking to break into the top 600 by the end of the year and wants to seal a Davis Cup berth.
“I will be playing three Future tournaments in India and looking forward to do well and get my ranking to the top 600 by the year end and try to push my way into the Davis Cup team.”
Mohit’s two-year stint under Spain’s Galo Blanco, who also coached world no. 11 Milos Raonic among others, is paying rich divindends.
“In Spain my day starts at 8 and finishes by 5. My coaches used to focus on my fitness more than my tennis. That made me improve my level of tennis,” said Mohit, who is a Class 12 student but could not write the Board exam because of his tennis committments.
Apart from Blanco, Mohit also train with India’ former Davis Cup captain Nandan Bal and Suresh Kumar.
Mohit started playing tennis when he was three-and-a-half-years old and won his first tournament at age nine. He became Asia’s no. 1 player in the Under-14 category and also featured in the junior Davis Cup.
“My father Jayaprakash was instrumental in moulding me onto a tennis player in the early stages. He guided me and encouraged me a lot. Without him I wouldn’t have achieved anything,” he said.