Caught between Pete and Boris
[ 28 Dec, 2006 2005hrs ISTTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]
A chance encounter with these two tennis sensations made Prakash, Vijay Amritraj's son, take up the game.
It was a brush with tennis legends Pete Sampras and Boris Becker 13 years ago that convinced Prakash Amritraj — then just 10 years old — that he wanted to follow the footsteps of his father, Vijay Amritraj.
He says, "I always travelled with my father when he was out on tours. One day at Wimbledon, I found myself sitting between the two big tennis stars, Pete Sampras and Boris Becker. At that moment, I decided to take up tennis professionally."
It was not a difficult decision, after all Vijay Amritraj's son has tennis in his genes. But father and son share more than just notes on tennis.
As Prakash says, "I can talk to him about every single thing, including girls. He knew about my first girlfriend. I would call my dad my best friend."
His other good friend is Sania Mirza. "Sania is a good friend of mine and a very sweet girl. We go back a long way, from the time we practised in junior championship. With all the media hype, attention and pressures I think that she is managing really well."So do these two friends hang out together?
"We chat often but we don't get time to meet. But when we do, we usually go out for a cup of coffee."
Prakash is a complete movie buff. "If I was not playing tennis, I would have become an actor. I am a huge fan of Priyanka Chopra. In fact, I would love to take her out for a date if she is ready."