Indian-American tennis player Samir Banerjee, 17, outshines in the Wimbledon Boys’ singles and has won the title. He defeated Victor Lilov of the USA 7-5, 6-3 to win the title in the final, which lasted one hour and 22 minutes.
About Samir Banerjee’s playing career
At the junior French Open, Banerjee, ranked 19 in the world, had crashed out in the first round. India has been struggling to field a worthy contender at junior Grand Slams for some time. But now up against compatriot Victor Lilov, the teenager won 7-5 6-3 in one hour 22 minutes.
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A future men's champion?
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2021
He broke his rival thrice and dropped serve only once. As per the official Wimbledon website he said that-
“It’s going to be amazing, this trophy is going to be my centerpiece, I’m going to look at this and be inspired to keep playing and hopefully come back here as a pro.”
After the win, Samir said that, “I really just wanted to win a round.” And he is overjoyed and amazed at the win.
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"I really just wanted to win a round."
American Samir Banerjee, who defeats compatriot Victor Lilov 7-5, 6-3 to win the Boys' Singles title. pic.twitter.com/bMayivLVL0
— TennisNow (@Tennis_Now) July 11, 2021
About Samir’s family and their support for his dream
Banerjee’s father Kunal was born in Assam and his mother Usha was brought up in Andhra Pradesh before both migrated to the USA in the mid-1980s and got married there. As per the recently released reports, Samir will take a break from the tour to enroll for a degree in either economics or political science at the Columbia University in the coming months.
His father Kunal explained that the decision to follow what has been a stereotype for Indian parents encouraging their children to follow academic pursuits.
“We’re not any different, we want him to do well in his academics.”
Further adding he said that-
“He’s a solid student. For him it was always important to go to a good academic institution as well as tennis. There are many colleges here that have a good tennis program, but we wanted a combination of strong tennis and academics. Of the prestigious Ivy League colleges, Columbia is the best at tennis.”
Some other star players, who made quick fame in the tennis world
Yuki Bhambri was the last Indian to win a junior singles title when he triumphed at the Australian Open in 2009 while Sumit Nagal won the Wimbledon boys’ doubles event in 2015 with Vietnam’s Ly Hoang Nam.
Ramanathan Krishnan was the first Indian to win a junior major when he won the 1954 Junior Wimbledon championship. His son Ramesh Krishnan won the 1970 junior Wimbledon and junior French Open titles while Leander Paes won the 1990 junior Wimbledon and junior US Open.
Some of the other tennis superstars to have won this boys’ singles title include Stefan Edberg, Roger Federer and Gael Monfils.