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In U-14 tennis tourney, Novak Nadal turns heads- The New Indian Categorical

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KOCHI: Keralites aren’t any strangers relating to giving fascinating names to their children, principally after well-known personalities from sports activities, movies and world politics. So, we’ve individuals like Marx, Lenin, Maradona and the like amongst us.

For this similar purpose, a 12-year-old participant has develop into a well-liked determine on the Beneath-14 district championships underway in Kochi. The younger tennis participant is known as Novak Nadal, after the 2 legends of the sport, Serbian participant Novak Djokovic and Spanish participant Rafael Nadal.

Curiously, Novak Nadal’s dad and mom named him even earlier than they knew that he too, like his namesakes who share 43 Grand Slam titles between them, will present an curiosity in tennis!

“Sanoj Kumar, my husband, is a big tennis fan and Novak and Nadal are his favourites,” stated Seeliya Kunhimon, the boy’s mom. Formally named Novak Nadal Sanoj, the teenager research at Indian Public College, Kochi.

Nonetheless, it is not simply his father’s love for tennis that prompted the dad and mom to call the child after the well-known gamers. “Ours was an interreligious marriage. Sanoj is a Hindu and I’m a Muslim. We didn’t need our kid’s title to be after a faith,” Seeliya stated.

Novak Nadal, nevertheless, shouldn’t be amused by the eye he’s getting. “I do like enjoying tennis. I’m not a professional, however I play decently, and above all, I take pleasure in it,” he stated, including that he wished to make a profession in sports activities. “I like enjoying tennis and soccer. So, I’m but to resolve on the game,” stated Nadal.

Coincidentally, Nadal developed an curiosity in tennis whereas watching his father benefit from the matches on tv. The desi Novak Nadal began tennis coaching at age 4. “Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are my idols too. I take pleasure in their video games. I want to meet them and play a match with them,” stated Nadal. “My title has all the time made me stand out in a gaggle, particularly amongst those that are acquainted with the 2 tennis gamers,” he stated with a smile. The tennis match, organized by the Ernakulam District Tennis Affiliation, will finish on November 27.

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