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Investigating the Lack of Sustained Performance in Indian Sports

A Case Study in Tennis


  • Christian Bosse
  • Ramkiran Ballal
  • Prajnesh Gunneswaran
  • Hargun Oberoi SportShaala
  • Surojit Bhattacharyya



sports, performance, athletes, coaches, Olympics, sports education, Tennis, injuries, India, Long-term athlete development


In this report , we investigate the lack of sustained peak performance of professional Indian athletes on the international sporting stage, using Lawn Tennis as a case study. We present a data-driven analysis of sporting performance of Indian Tennis players as they age. We find that while Indian athletes perform relatively well when younger, they are unable to carry that momentum in their later years. We focus on the role of Strength and Conditioning during coaching as a key factor. We also suggest possible steps that could be taken to create a
more reliable and long-term sports coaching environment for athletes to succeed.

Author Biographies

Christian Bosse

Christian Bosse, International Sports Science Specialist, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS)
and Certified Level 2 Tennis Coach by the German Tennis Federation. Over the course of his career, he has worked with several high-profile tennis coaches, ATP-ranked players and
top European academies. He has been an integral part of a coaching team of Olympic medalists

Ramkiran Ballal

Long-Term Athlete Development Coach, has over two decades of experience in the areas of Health and Fitness for Adults and has trained children and young athletes in association with international coaches from Europe.

Prajnesh Gunneswaran

Top Indian Tennis Player, achieved a peak ATP rank of 75 in 2019. He has won 2 ATP Challenger and 8 ITF titles in singles and 1 ITF title in doubles. He is currently the highest-ranked Indian singles player and represents India at the Davis Cup.

Hargun Oberoi, SportShaala

Founder of SportShaala, has an integrated Masters degree from BITS Pilani University. He is a
passionate tennis and football player, and believes in a future where more kids can pursue sports as a primary profession in India.

Surojit Bhattacharyya

Principal Developer at SportShaala, is a post-graduate in Physics from IIT Madras. He is currently developing a sports coaching management system at SportShaala and is interested in developing an AI-assisted injury prevention tool in the future.


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