Cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar has a deep love for tennis, squash, badminton and table tennis. "I follow and enjoy tennis. I understand a bit of the game," Tendular told a media meet in Kolkata.
Tendulkar said he followed the exploits of tennis stars Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan in his younger days and was now a fan of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi.
"And of course, I like Sania (Mirza). It is wonderful to see such terrific players turning out for India. With such sports personalities around, you feel proud to be an Indian," Tendulkar said.
"I am fond of racquet games. I still play table tennnis, squash and badminton," Tendulkar said.
Dwelling on his admiration of tennis, the Mumbaikar recalled that before choosing cricket as a career, for him it was a toss between the fame of willow and tennis.
"As a child I was a (US tennis star) John Mcenroe fan. I used to run around with Mcenroe-like headbands hoping people will compare me to him."
Tendulkar, who admires Roger Federer, refused to compare him with and Pete Sampras.
"Rather than comparing, I'd rather go and see them play each other. Now the world loves to watch Federer. A few years back it was the same for Sampras."
One sport Tendulkar admitted he is not good at is football. "I used to play football as a child, but stopped it after a couple of injuries. I am not a huge follower of the game."
He said, however, it was fun watching Manchester United play at Old Trafford during the Indian team's recent England tour.
Sania Mirza, who was also present at the media meet, said she liked Federer.
"He is only 25 and has a few years left on court. He is a perfectionist, which is very hard to be in sports," the 20-year-old tennis star said.