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The Next Big Thing: Sportspersons

entertainment Updated: Dec 25, 2010 16:57 IST

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Our judges

Aloke Malik, MD, South Asia, ESPN



Saina Nehwal (badminton)

She could become the first Indian woman to reach the top rankings



R Ashwin (cricket)

This off-spinner from Tamil Nadu will be the one to look out for in 2011



Somdev Devvarman (tennis)

After the Commonwealth and Asian games, he is our best hope in tennis



Leander Paes, Tennis champion

Somdev Devvarman (tennis)

Extremely fit and in a position to be on top next year



Sanam Singh (tennis)

His recent performance and gold medal have strengthened his position



Vikas Krishan Yadav (boxing)

This boxer from Bhiwani has just won a gold, can perform well under pressure



Nikhil Chopra, Cricketer and Commentator

Somdev Devvarman (tennis)

He has come into his own now and is sure to excel in 2011 too



saina nehvalVirat Kohli (cricket)

Has tremendous potential. Is a good person for the World Cup next year



Gaganjeet Bhullar (golf)

This golfer shows a lot of promise and can make it to the US PGA tour



And the sportsperson who gets the maximum votes from our judges is...



Somdev Devvarman

The rise of a star

Today’s hottest Indian tennis star, Somdev was born and brought up in India though he attended the University of Virginia in the US from where he earned a sociology degree in May 2008. In that same year, Somdev, now 25 years old, took to playing professional tennis.



A member of India’s Davis Cup team, he won the singles gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in October this year, and then in November 2010, he became the first player since Japan’s Toshiro Sakai to win both singles and doubles gold medals at the Asian Games. This makes him our best bet for the London Olympics in 2012. Besides tennis, Somdev enjoys listening to music by the Dave Matthews band and is fond of playing music himself. How do you tempt the tennis star? Offer him chaat!

Claim to fame
Won the men’s singles at the Commonwealth Games in 2010
In November 2010, he not only won the men’s singles at the Asian Games but also lifted the along with Sanam Singh.

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