Presently ranked just outside the Top-100 at No.110 in the World, India’s Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the new India No.1 but his journey has been far from smooth. From overcoming career threating injury to now being the nation’s top ranked player, Gunneswaran’s rise has been surreal according to him. “It’s surreal that I am here all of sudden.
Obviously, it did not happen overnight, I have put in lot of work into it. My goals are higher than just being in top-100. This is something, which has happened on the way. I have the potential to be much higher than what I am today,” he said.
He always had the ambition to get more out of life. “Things have moved faster this season. Many said it was inevitable but I never thought it that way. There are players who had potential but did not fulfil it. If I don’t fulfil my potential what’s the point.
I have enough potential to create the weapons, which will take me there (to the top).” “This is definitely my best season and I will use the experience and keep climbing the ladder. I need to get better to play at the higher level.
The quality of shots from opponents will be difficult.” Speaking about the changes he has got into his game, he said, “I am more aggressive, I worked on my returns, fitness and mental intensity. These have helped me get to this level.
I used to play a lot of rallies and it took lot out of me. That is not the right way for me to play because I have a lot of power. My transition game is not great.” “I used to chip the forehand return, so I was starting the point defensively.
I did not have enough aces as compared to players who are my size and have similar pace on serve. I have made progress.” ALSO READ I don't have any retirement plan, says Roger Federer