'I believe in myself'

'I believe in myself'

Ready to go

Bengaluru-based ace tennis player Rohan Bopanna will pack up in a few days to leave for the Rio Olympics.

He just completed playing a couple of matches in his homeground and appears just as cool as he is off the court as when he is on it.  Rohan says he is looking forward to being at Rio not only because he’s proud to represent his country but also because the Olympics happens to the be one place where the best athletes from across the globe descend on a common pitch.

 In an interview with Nina C George, Rohan shares his thoughts about getting ready for Rio.

Are you excited?

I am very excited! This is my second Olympics after 2012 and a lot has changed after that. I am looking forward to the new season.
Any special preparation before heading for Rio?

There are really no special preparations for Rio. I have always been adhering to the schedule when it comes to practising, training and maintaining a balanced diet. I continue to do the same. It has helped me stay disciplined and focussed.

Are you under any kind of pressure?

Why should I be? This is one of the best events in the world and I intend to enjoy every moment out there, rather than get caught in stress.

Are you a foodie?

I am not fussy about food and try all kinds of cuisines. This time while at Rio, I hope to try out some Japanese food, ‘sushi’ in particular. Anything with a salmon base is a favourite.

Do you intend to go sightseeing?

More than sightseeing, I would rather go watch the other players in action. This is one of those rare moments that I don’t want to miss. And yes, if time permits, I would like to move around a bit.
Your advice to young people representing the country for the first time
at Rio?

Just go out there and have fun. Believe in yourself and do your best.

A must carry when you travel...

My phone is loaded with music and I am plugged on whenever I am on the move. Music always motivates me to stay positive. And, I carry my camera because I don’t want to miss out on some best moments.
Any fears?

None. I’ve worked really hard and above all, I believe in  myself.

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