Paramveer Singh Bajwa’s dream to re present I ndi a has finally become a reality. The local tennis player has been selected in the threemember Indian squad for the Asia/Oceania group stage of the under-16 Junior Davis Cup.
The premier inter national tour nament will be held in Malaysia from April 26 to May 3. Besides India, teams from 15 other countries, including hosts Malaysia, Australia, China, Yemen, New Zealand, Korea, Japan and Bangkok, will be seen in action.
“I don’t have words to express my happiness. All I can say is that my hard work has paid off. To represent the country is a dream of every sportsperson, and I feel honoured to have been given this opportunity,” shared 16-year-old Bajwa, who along with Karnataka’s BR Nikshep and Delhi’s Alex Solanki, has been selected in the national team. The trio are cur rently attending a preparatory camp in Kolkata, and they will fly to Malaysia on Friday evening.
Bajwa, who started 2013 as India number 5 in the under-16 section, has been on a roll for the past one year, claiming a total of 10 titles in singles and doubles events of national-level championships. It includes his maiden Nationals and National Series titles that came in Mumbai and Kolkata, respectively, last year. Apart from his own age-group category, Bajwa has won top honours in the under-18 section, and participated in Inter national Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tournaments as well.
“Besides giving rankings points, these tournaments have helped me overcome the anxiety of facing tall and sturdy overseas players. The experience will stand me in good stead in the Junior Davis Cup,” added Bajwa, who currently holds second place in the under-16 boys’ national ranking chart.