Former CHART trainee Malik ready for Davis Cup challenge

VM Ranjeet and Malik will spearhead the Indian challenge in the singles competition

Far from the eye of the storm, and also from the national capital which is the epicentre of the entire episode between All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the eight rebel players, at the Deccan Gymkhana courts in Pune where he is taking part in the Maharashtra Tennis League, Vijayant Malik sounds at peace despite all the tribulations around him. While AITA and the rebel players are still at loggerheads, it was their mudslinging and feud that brought, or say provided a chance to the talented but lesser known tennis players like Vijayant to bask in the limelight.

Refusing to shoot anything on the ongoing controversy, the shy and introvert Malik is rather looking to make the most of this new-found fame.

As the highest paid player in the Sharp Smashers team with Rs 1, 20, 000, Vijayant, who has VM Ranjeet and Prerna Bhambri in the team, knows opportunity has come knocking on his door and this might be the 'make or break' moment for him.

"Every player dreams of representing the country. I also nurtured the same dream and now it feels wonderful to see the dream coming true. I am bit nervous right now, but let's see how it goes," shared Vijayant, a former CHART trainee at CLTA.

Ominous signs

VIJAYANT, 22, started off well in the Maharashtra Tennis League, defeating Baseline Bombers' Saketh Myneni 7-5. But in his second match against Divij Sharan who plays for Mumbai Blasters, Vijayant lost 3-7. Saketh and Sharan are part of the rebel group who had threatened to boycott the Asia-Oceania Group I tie against South Korea from February 1-3 if their demands were not met by AITA.

"There are some good players taking part in the MTL. It would definitely provide me practice before the Davis Cup tie. So, I am trying to make the most of the remaining days," Vijayant, ranked 541 in the world, added.

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