Acing the court even at 70

Thiruvananthapuram native B Govind Krishnakumar is all set to represent India at the Super Seniors (70+) Tennis World Team Championships

Published: 07th September 2021 04:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th September 2021 04:13 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

KOCHI: At 70, veteran tennis player B Govind Krishnakumar is gearing up to represent the country at the International Tennis Federations’ Super Seniors (70+) Tennis World Team Championships in Spain to be held from October 10 to 15. Govind, a retired bank manager, is currently busy preparing for the championship along with two players from the country. 

The veteran player is excited to take up the racket again after a pandemic-induced break. It was hard for him to practise in tennis clubs and nearby courts in Pune due to the changing Covid restrictions. “My age was a villain, as getting out of the house was like a taboo for senior citizens during the pandemic outbreak. I wasn’t able to practice much last year. The upcoming tournament is an important championship for seniors like us,” says the state champion of the 1970s.

However, Govind never compromised his health and diet. “Since October last year, I have been practising at a court near my wife’s home. I practise with young tennis aspirants and it helps me keep up my pace. Protein-rich food boosts my strength along with other balanced diets. I did not break my diet and always kept a check on my weight during the lockdown. Now I hit the gym to maintain my strength and do some outdoor exercises,” says Govind, who is a fan of Roger Federer.

The player also shares his concerns about the Indian tennis team which participated in the Tokyo Olympics. According to him, players in our country lack fitness. “Their energy breaks during a tough game. To be a champion, one must never compromise on fitness. In my case too, even if I am strong, I cannot match with other foreign players as they are fitter. The reason is they engage in many water sports during their leisure time, including swimming and surfing,” he says.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp