Life has come full circle – from being competitors before, to guiding junior athletes to a successful career!
It is every tennis player’s dream to get to play with the Top 4 (Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray) in the world of tennis. I was lucky enough to play with 3 of them during my tennis career. As a 13-year-old boy representing the Indian tricolor flag at the World Junior Finals in Czech Republic, I got the opportunity to play against Rafael Nadal, who even back then was a known name in the circuit and touted as the player to watch out for in the coming years. The next time, I was set to play against Andy Murray at the Junior US Open 2004 where he went on to win the Junior grand slam. And finally the third chance, which for me was the biggest moment of my life on the tennis court, was when I got to be on the same side of the court as Roger Federer, the greatest of all time.
I stumbled upon AddedSport, a firm that guides and mentors junior athletes in Asia to create successful pathways for them by feeding into U.S. colleges. I met Akshay, the founder, through a close friend of mine, and he elaborated to me his vision of building a firm to help create better pathways for student athletes in Asia. For a junior athlete in India, the biggest challenge you face is the lack of guidance and mentorship. There is no proper structure or guidance for a junior athlete growing up in India. Here was an opportunity staring at me to give it back to the sport. With the challenges I faced as a junior athlete growing up, I could now use my experience and newfound knowledge for families who have just started on this journey. AddedSport India first started out in a coffee shop, where we helped our first tennis client from India, and now we are helping 150+ students every year.
As AddedSport grows to a leading Sports and Education firm in Asia, we have the opportunity to work with academies like the Rafael Nadal Academy, as well as the John McEnroe academies. The world has come full circle, we were competitors before; but now, we are on the same path to guide many junior athletes to a successful career.