Hi My Name Is Sanam Singh and I’m From Chandigarh India And I Am The Assistant Coach For Harvard Men’s Tennis. So I Started Playing Tennis When I Was Eight Years Old In My Home Town Of Chandigarh And There Is No Real Reason That I Started. It Was Just Kinda A Random Thing Where My Mom’s Side Dropping Me Off At This Club To Play Tennis And Slowly Within The First Six or Seven Months I Kinda Got A Little Better At It And I Just Continued Doing It Soon Enough It Became More Than A Hobby And It Kept Going. I Switched Clubs Two Years Into It And After That It Became Almost A Job Since I Was 11 Or 12 Years Old Playing In India Was Obviously A Different Experience Than What I See People Growing Up Playing Here I Was Playing Tennis In Chandigarh Until I Was Around 14 Years Old And Then I Switched To The National Center Around 15 Or 16. Worked With Around Five Or Six Different Coaches Throughout My Junior Career It Was Definitely A Fun Experience So I Played A Lot Of Junior Tennis As I Was Starting To Get Better And Under 16s and Under 18s And Then I Did Really Well In the Juniors And I Got To Number Four In The World Which Really Propelled Me To Kinda Get Into The Eyes Of A Lot Of College Coaches Eventually I Got Recruited By A Few Colleges And I Decided To Pick The University Of Virginia Where I Played For Coach Brian Boland I Think It Was A Great Decision That I Made I Felt Like It Really Propelled My Tennis Career Professionally And Even Further I Think Playing On Tour Is Definitely A Lot Of People It’s Their Dream To Do It And When You Start Playing Tennis That Was Kinda My Dream When I Started As A Junior, As A Young Kid I Saw Pete Sampras Play And I Wanted Play The Big Events And Play The Grand Slams I Was Thinking Of Going Pro Even Before College But I Think I Made The Right Decision To Go To College And Then Once I Was Ready After My Four Years Of College I Did Turn Pro And Had A Good Amount Of Success. I Had Got Off The Tour 16 In The World In Singles 130th In The World In Doubles I Think One Of The Biggest Highlights Was Playing The US Open Which I Won A Round In The Qualifying And Unfortunately Lost In The Second But It Was Still An Awesome Week And Experience Being In The Same Arena As All These Great Guys. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic. So That Was Definitely A Big Highlight Another Big Highlight Was Winning A Gold Medal In The Asian Games For My Country For India In 2010 With Somdev Devvarman. My Coaching Journey Started As Soon As I Stopped Playing Pro Tennis Which Was In 2017 And I Gave It Some Thought As To What I Wanted To Do Next I Really Felt Connected To Collegiate Coaching, Collegiate Players in America My Own Journey It Started At The University Of Virginia In 2017. As Soon As I Started Talking To Andrew About The Possibility Of Me Coming To Harvard, It Was A No Brainer For Me. It’s Such A Great Institution. It’s A Storied Tennis Program And Had So Much Success In The Past With Coach Dave Fish And Andrew Rueb Once I Got The Job, I Was Super Excited And I Couldn’t Be Happier To Be Here My First Year At Harvard Has Actually Been Really Good It’s Been Awesome. I’ve Built Some Really Good Relationships With The Coaching Staff, With The Administrative Staff, With The Alums And Especially Most Importantly The Players My Biggest With Coaching Is Building The Relationships With The Players And Making Sure That I’m Connecting With Them At A Personal Level Which Really Helps Me Get Through To Them On The Court

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