Rehan Qayoom Mir
Srinagar, Mar 15 : Muhammad Qais, a 5th-grade student enrolled at DPS Budgam, has won the sub-junior Jammu and Kashmir Soft Tennis Championship.
In the finals of the tournament organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Amateur Soft Tennis Association in collaboration with J&K Sports Council from March 12 to 14, Qais defeated Sahil to become the champion.
Sharing his experience and joy, Muhammad Qais told GNS that he is a 5th-grade student and is very happy about his achievement. “My first coach was Dilbagh Sir, who helped me learn the basics of the game amid the chilling cold in the winter season,” he said.
“Mouzam Bhaiya has also taught me about the game besides that I also have learned from international coaches like Javed Sir and Eechi Sir. I am very happy about my achievement and would like to give a message to all the others who play that if you have the courage to play but may not have the platform, don’t lose hope just practice at home and improve your skills until any opportunity comes your way,” said Qais adding that playing sports keeps one fit besides giving many other benefits.
Talking about time management, he said that, “I manage my sports activities and my studies in an organized manner. First I study in the morning hours and make sure I understand things very clearly. Then after finishing my studies, I go to my practice sessions for about 2 to 3 hours.”
Father of Mohammad Qais talking to GNS said that he is very proud of his son’s achievement. “Qais is an excellent tennis player. He has been playing Soft Tennis for the last two months while he previously used to play lawn tennis. He has also played several district, national, and state championships. He has also won the district championship of Srinagar by defeating a 17-year-old boy from GD Goenka School who was in 12th class,” he said.
“Qais has received appreciation from everyone wherever he goes to play. He has even played at the national level championship in Gujarat, where his technique and skills were highly appreciated despite his young age,” a buoyed father said, adding that although I also play tennis I can’t match him as his technique is unique and top-notch.” (GNS)