Paramveer Singh Bajwa’s dream to don Indian tricolour got fulfilled a couple of months ago: The local teenager was part of the three-member Indian squad that participated in the Asia/Oceania group stage of the Junior Davis Cup (for under-16 players) in Malaysia.
While India finished sixth out of the 16 teams in fray, Bajwa played well, winning four of his five singles matches.
“The tournament was a good learning curve. Since the event draws top junior players from around the globe, we were part of a highly competitive scene.
“Moreover, we got to play and practice against those high ranked players, especially from Australia, New Zealand and Uzbekistan, whom we do not come across in the South Asian ITF circuit,” shared 16-year-old Bajwa, who along with Karnataka’s BR Nikshep and Delhi’s Alex Solanki, represented the country.
Bajwa also acknowledged that the performance at the tournament helped him zero in on some of his weak areas, and that he has already started ironing out the flaws.
“As far as my technique is concerned, I believe it was all good. Fitness is what requires some extra attention, and I have been working on it after returning from the Davis Cup. I have added some more time in my fitness regime and general tennis as well,” added Bajwa, who studies in Class 10 at DAV Model School, Sector 15, and trains under coach Gurvarinder Sahota at the Tennis Excellence Academy, Kharar, in SAS Nagar.
Bajwa, who started 2013 as India number 5 in the under-16 section, has been on a roll for the past one-and-a-half year, claiming a total of 11 titles in singles and doubles events of national-level championships.
The list includes his maiden Nationals and National Series titles that came in Mumbai and Kolkata last year, respectively.
The effort and subsequent success has nicely reflected in Bajwa’s ranking, who now occupies the second spot in the U-16 ranking chart.
Apart from his age-group category, Bajwa has won top honours in the under-18 section, and also participated in over 23 junior (Under-18) International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments. He played a couple of them in Thailand last May, and made semifinals in one and pre-quarterfinals in the other.
“For the rest of this year, I am planning to play as many junior ITF tournaments as possible. It will not only help me in entering the top-three in the national under-18 ranking chart, but also improve my prospects for making the cut in the qualifying round of the next year’s junior Australian Open,” added Bajwa, who is India number 9 in the under-18 boys’ section, and has an ITF ranking of 355.
The city lad also believes that since the 430th ranking was the cut-off point at this year’s junior Australian Open, he just needs to keep up his good work in the ITF tournaments to be well within the eligibility range.