SAKETH MYNENI IS an integral part of the Punjab Marshalls in the Champions Tennis League (CTL). The Indian has tasted success in the previous edition of the CTL, partnering, Marcos Baghdatis in the men’s doubles. The Indo-Cypriot pair will play a vital role in helping the Punjab team qualify for the knock-out stages.
Myneni is pretty excited about playing in the CTL, understands the format well and is also on the constant look out for absorbing any astute views from his senior pros.
“Tennis is an individual sport, but CTL is a team event. I played the CTL last year; we had a lot of fun. It’s great to be playing with the legends of the game; you tend to pick up a few important things. It’s a great exposure for us, hope to see a lot of fans coming in, hopefully, we can make it to the finals.”
The 28 year old won his only ATP challenger singles title for the year in Vietnam and also pouched two doubles title on the same circuit. Myneni also entered the Wimbledon and US Open qualifiers in singles, but couldn’t break into the main draw. That said, the current singles World no. 171 is keen on elevating his game to the next level in 2016.
“I think for me the first goal will be to stay healthy for the whole year and then try to compete as much as possible. Then the first target is obviously to get better at the Grand Slams. Also, I want to switch from the challengers to the main ATP tour, try to develop my game overall. Last year, I wanted to stay in the challengers circuit and compete there regularly, I am happy I managed to do that. Had a good run in September and October and I am looking ahead to the next season.”
Myneni is also determined to adopt an overall disciplined approach, off the court and believes it will help him deliver results consistently on it. India’s no.2 singles player has also taken inspiration from compatriot Yuki Bhambri and wants to break into the elite club of top-100 in men’s tennis at the earliest.
“I want to focus on doing a few, small things off the court. First thing is the physical part of it, trying to get that physicality onto the court, trying to last two or three days in a row. And then obviously, eating the right stuff. These things will ultimately reflect on the court.”
“My expectations have gone up; I want to compete at the highest level. I know there is pressure, but end of the day; you need to ask yourself, where you want to be and what you want to achieve.”