Shirtless, he reminds you of Bruce Lee —lithe but muscular. And when it comes to the ladies, he surely has a killer taste.
“Freida [Pinto] is really hot and attractive,” says Somdev. Ask him whom he would like to take out on a date and pat comes the 24-year-old’s reply: “Elena Dementieva or Maria Kirilenko”. “I hate saying all these Russian names,” he says, “but they are all so beautiful.”
Somdev stormed into the tennis circuit with a bang when he beat Carlos Moya and Ivo Karlovic to reach the finals of the Chennai Open earlier in the year.
Though he couldn’t get past the qualifiers in any major Grand Slam events this year, Somdev feels “it is time to make a move now”.
“Players peak during [ages] 24 to 27, so now is the time,” says the Guwahati-born, who thrives on “acoustic guitar and soft rock”.
Apart from his beloved guitar, the US-based man loves to spend time at home in Agartala eating “mom-made food”. “I’m very easy to please. A simple dal-chawal with alu-bhindi bhaaji does it for me,” he says.
But coming back to girls. Tennis has some of the hottest babes in the sports world — does he ever get distracted? “Well, I’ve had my share of crushes,” Somdev says with a chuckle. “There are some very, very hot girls out there. But I guess at 24, it’s a good choice to have.”