Aizawl: With the second day of the 2nd Aijal Club Challenger Tennis League being underway in Aizawl, Vishnu Vardhan from Chanmari Slammers is winning the hearts of tennis fans in the capital town of Mizoram.
Vardhan started playing tennis at a tender age of eight years at the School of Power Tennis Academy. He was coached by CV Nagraj at Secunderabad. He first came into the national limelight when he won his first sub-junior open nationals in 2001. This was followed by a Junior Open Nationals title in 2003.
By 2010, Vishnu became a professional, and the same year, he came back from the Asian Games in China with a silver and a bronze.
In 2011, he was named player of the month of April by the Indian Tennis Federation. He also made his debut in the Indian Davis Cup Team against Japan.
In 2012, Vishnu reached the height of his career ranking when he was called up to partner with Leander Paes in the 2012 London Olympics. He aslo represented India in the men’s singles at the same Olympics.
Vardhan was also part of the Indian squad in the 2016 Davis Cup. He plays approximately 25-30 weeks of international tennis in a year.
Vishnu has also played the 2018 Wimbledon men’s doubles (second round) with Leander Paes. He is currently holding the 264th rank at the International ATP and aims to excel at the grand slams.