Career Highlights: Indian tennis player Vishnu Vardhan first held the tennis racquet when he was barely 8 years old, and since then has never looked back. Winning his first sub-junior open nationals in 2001, Vardhan went on to win the Men’s Open Nationals in 2007, before finally turning professional in 2008. Under the tutelage of his coach CV Nagraj, the youngster worked hard to get an opportunity at the national level, and was rewarded for his efforts when he was chosen to represent India at the Asian Hopman Cup in Kazakhstan. The youngster has also been playing the role of a reserve player for India’s Davis Cup team since 2007. The highlight of his career came when he secured a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games with his team as well as a silver medal partnering Sania Mirza in mixed doubles. Vardhan grew up idolizing the legendary pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi that has brought several laurels to India. Hence, it was a blessing in disguise for the 24-year-old when he was called up to partner Paes in the Men’s Doubles event at the 2012 London Olympics.