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“This trophy is for India,” said Leander Paes after acquiring his 16th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon with Martina Hingis. Hingis paired up with Mirza too and helped her winning the appellation of India’s first women doubles Grand Slam winner. “I hope this inspires a lot of girls back home, that they can become Grand Slam champions too,” said Sania Mirza.
This year Wimbledon ended well for India, India has never had it so good. With three titles on the center court, young Sumit Nagal too grabbed the headlines when the 17-year-old partnered Vietnam’s Nam Hoang Ly to win the boys doubles trophy. The eight seeds beat fourth seeds Reilly Opelka and Akira Santillan 7 -6(4) 6-4 in the title clash.
Year 2015 has marked a great year in India’s sports till now. Recently Indian women hockey team qualified in the 3rd round of Hockey World League (HWL) and the Indian golfer Anirban Lehri is the highest ranked golfer in India after winning the two consecutive titles of Malaysia Maybank Open and the Hero India Open in February. The victory in Wimbledon is the cherry on the top for India’s sports.
“To come out here at Wimbledon, this is something we dream of as kids,” said Mirza. “Every kid that picks up a tennis racquet this is about winning Wimbledon or playing at Wimbledon one day.
The common partner Hingis was overwhelmed and said. “It feels like another life. However, 17 years, usually you are lucky to win it once or happy to be out here and play on the Wimbledon grounds. It’s above my expectations.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the three winners by saying, “The accomplishments are truly inspiring and they make us very proud and also it is very heartening to see young talents like Sumit Nagpal, congrats and best wishes to all”.
This was the proud moment for the nation to witness its sports persons engraving their names on the international grounds. The face of sports is changing from being laid-back to a highly respectful thing. There was a time when viewership of cricket dominated over other sports but today things have changed, and it is admirable to see the equal craze for other sports too.
“Sports are an integral part of growing up and personality development. Unfortunately, in our country, sports have not been mainstream till today. The government will set up national level sports academies for major games in different parts of the country to mainstream sports,” said Arun Jaitley. Thus to encourage sports in the country government has hiked the youth affair and sports budget by Rs. 384 crore for the development of Indian sports, including upgradation of sports infrastructure in Jammu and Kashmir, a sports university in Manipur and training for athletes for the upcoming Commonwealth Games and Asiad.