Karan Rastogi

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Karan Rastogi
Medal record
Representing  India
Men's Tennis
Asian Games
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Guangzhou Team

Karan Rastogi (born 8 October 1986, Mumbai) is an Indian tennis player. He started playing tennis at the age of 3. He was ranked No.1 in all age groups in India from the under 12s to the under 18s.

In 2000, he became the first Indian to win three events at the junior nationals winning the boys under 14 singles and doubles and the boys under 16 singles in one week at the same event. In the same year he also led the Indian under 14 team to finish as runners up in the Asia/Oceania boys under 14 World Junior Tennis event, thus qualifying for the World finals to be held in Czech Republic. In the world finals as India's no.1 player Karan lost the first match to the then 14 year old Rafael Nadal as India lost to Spain 0-3. He was named Asia's no.1 Under 14 boys player in 2000.

In 2002, he received the award for the most promising junior in India at the ATP Chennai Open.

In 2003, he turned professional. He reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open Junior Championship in 2004. He was then selected to be part of the Indian Davis Cup team for the first time against New Zealand in February 2004. In his first full year on the professional circuit Karan went from a ranking of 1100 in January to 350 at the end of the year.

In 2007 at the ATP Chennai Open, Karan beat Thiago Alves from Brazil in the first round and lost to world no.2 Rafael Nadal 64 61 in the second round. This was the year he played his first live match in Davis Cup against Uzbekistan as India's no.1 singles player.

Karan represented India in Davis Cup from 2004-2011. And Asian Games in 2006 and 2010. Winning the Bronze medal in the 2010 edition.

In 2008 Karan underwent a lower back operation which kept him out of the game for more than 18 months. Within 15 months of his comeback Karan reached his career best singles ranking of 284 in 2011 February. He also won two back to back ATP doubles challenger events in 2011 reaching a career high doubles ranking of 217.

In 2012 Rastogi decided to quit his playing career and begin a coaching career. He completed an A level coaching course from GPTCA and is an ATP certified tennis coach. In 2012 November Karan joined forces with the Hong Kong Tennis Association to coach and help all their national teams. He has coached their Davis Cup and Fed cup teams to promotion and also has captained the under 14 boys and girls teams and the Junior Davis Cup teams. Karan currently is coaching the various national teams of Hong Kong.

PERSONAL LIFE

He currently resides in Hong Kong with his wife Lia Ali, whom he married in January 2014.

External links[edit]

Can visit his exclusive interview conducted by a tennis promotion company TennisJunction India - http://www.tennisjunction.in/component/content/article/64-men/483-karan-rastogi-interview.html