On the Rise
If you told 14-year-old Aryan Chaudhary two years ago that he would have a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ball, he would have never believed you. Introduced to tennis at 6 years old by his dad, Aryan is now ranked No. 1 nationally in the boys’ 14s division and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down.
Although he decided to be serious about tennis only two years ago, his achievements are already impressive. His first breakthrough performance took place at the 2015 Junior Sectional Championships in the boys’ 12s division where he swept both singles and doubles’ draws. “At that tournament, I realized I liked winning a lot,” Aryan said laughing. “After that, I became a lot more serious in my training and thought I could really do well in tennis.” Aryan first started taking lessons at the Cupertino Sports Center when he was eight years old, and then started to train with Lu Tang at 10 years old. “I love working with Lu, I wouldn’t be at the level I’m at if it weren’t for him.” Ever since that tournament, Aryan has been on the fast track. He swept the boys’ 14s Summer Junior Sectional Championships last year, and has since won several national titles.
This past January, Aryan burst into the national scene, winning a Bronze Ball at the USTA National Winter Championships, in February swept the boys’ 14s division at the USTA National Level 2 Tournament in Claremont, CA. His biggest achievement to date took place in March, winning a Silver Ball at the Easter Bowl, in Indian Wells, CA, in the boys’ 14s singles division, and a Gold Ball in the doubles division with Timothy Li. When asked about his experience there, Aryan quickly replied, “The Easter Bowl was the best experience ever! It was my first time playing in it and seeing Indian Wells. It was unreal to see so it gave me extra motivation.” This past month, Aryan played in the USTA National Level 3 Tournament in Long Beach, CA, his first National tournament in the boys 16s. That was no problem for Aryan who reached the final in singles and took fourth place in doubles with Timothy. “It was definitely a new experience for me, a little bit scary at first, but I got more comfortable and was ready for whatever was coming at me.” Before entering a National tournament, Aryan played in several local boys’ 16s tournaments. “The size and the power are really different, it’s a big jump from the 14s, so I had to get used to it. It’s a whole different level.”
To get to that point, Aryan has leaned on his family for support, which includes his Dad Ranvir, his Mother Anshita Jurel, and his sister Meha. Originally from India, his Dad has been a huge figure in his tennis life and “he has helped me a lot,” Aryan said. “I want to thank him for everything he has done for me. This has been such a great bonding experience for us; it has really brought us closer.” Another important figure in his rise has been his coach Lu Tang. “I take private lessons from him and I think the work we’ve done on my mental game and patience has been a big part of my results.” He has also been training quite a bit at the Eagle Fustar Academy, which has helped his game a lot as well. Wise beyond his years, it almost seems like nothing fazes Aryan. “I just try to ignore the pressure and focus on myself,” Aryan explained. Easier said than done, right? His passion for tennis allows him to apply these two principles. “I enjoy going on the court every time and I thrive every time I step on it.”
Although tennis takes a huge amount of his time, Aryan still goes to school like every other teenager. Currently attending Archbishop Mitty High School, in San Jose, CA, balancing both is no easy task, but Aryan finds a way to make it work. “It’s not easy to juggle school and tennis but my grades are good and the teachers have been great and extremely helpful.” The summer break is almost there, freeing a lot of time for Aryan to fully focus on his tennis. “I will definitely play at the Junior Sectionals this summer and will enter the big national tournaments as well.”
If the beginning of the year is any indication, we are sure to see a few more trophies around Aryan’s house when school is back in session!
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