Nirupama Vaidyanathan

Nirupama Vaidyanathan

Nirupama Vaidyanathan

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Nirupama Vaidyanathan (b. 8 December 1976 - ) is a former Indian female international tennis player. She has changed her name to Nirupama Sanjeev after marriage.

Nirupama was born in the Southern Indian town of Coimbatore and started playing tennis at the age of 5. She was influenced very much by her cousins, K.G.Suresh and K.G. Ramesh, and her brother Ganesh, all of whom played tennis at the national level. Her father K.S. Vaidyanathan was a cricketer who had played for Tamil Nadu in Ranji Cricket tournament coached her at the start of her career. Her first tennis tournament foray was the National Under 12 tournament, where she reached the semi-final and went on to win her 1st National title in Under 14 age group at the age of 13. One year later in 1991, she won the National Women’s title at age 14.She won the National Women’s title in 1992-1996. In her younger days she did not have much competition in the Girls draw and she played in the Boys draw and won most of the titles.

In 1996, she moved to Luxembourg where she underwent training to play professional tennis. She turned professional at the age of 18 and started playing mainly in Europe. Nirupama shifted her base to Sarasota, USA in 1997 where she trained with David O Meara who was the former coach of Leander Paes for two years. By then her ranking was in the 160s and in 1998 Australian Open, she became the first Indian woman in the modern era to win a round at a Grand Slam, beating Italy's Gloria Pizzichini. For...
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