Early Life of Harsh Mankad
Harsh Mankad was born and brought up in Bombay (Mumbai, Maharashtra). Mankad earned a scholarship to the University of Minnesota where he played No 1 singles and No. 1 doubles from 1999-2002.
Career of Harsh Mankad
Harsh Mankad played Davis Cup for India between 2001-2010 and was the No 1 singles player on the team for several of those years. He is the grandson of world renowned cricketer Vinoo Mankad, and the son of Indian Test cricketer and Mumbai captain Ashok Mankad. Mankad was the No 1 ranked junior tennis player in India. He has winning National Titles in every age group.
Harsh Mankad won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's National Indoor Tennis Championships in Dallas, Texas in November 2001. He was the first Indian to win this event and consequently secured the number 1 ranking in the NCAA Division I US tennis rankings for 2001-2002.
On the ATP Tennis Tour, Harsh Mankad played against several world No. 1 ranked players, including Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewwitt, and other top ranked players such as James Blake, Marcos Baghdatis, and Scheng Schalken.
Harsh Mankad has been a member of India Davis Cup team for over a dozen Davis Cup ties between Sep 2001 and Oct 2010. He was the highest ranked singles player from India on the ATP Tour in June 2005 (No. 220).
Harsh Mankad won the Manchester Challenger title in July 2006, becoming the first Indian since Leander Paes to win an ATP Challenger Series title. Harsh Mankad qualified for the main draw of doubles in Wimbledon 2010.
Harsh Mankad in Tennis Management
After retiring from ATP Tour, Harsh Mankad has been the Director of the Tennis Academy at Golden Valley Golf and Country Club in Minneapolis. Harsh Mankad instituted several new marketing initiatives as the Director and established a premiere tennis academy at the Country Club. After two seasons, Harsh Mankad decided to enhance his management experience and enrolled in the full-time MBA Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Mankad recently Co-Founded "Tenicity", a web and mobile platform aimed at enhancing the overall quality of a tennis program: helping players achieve their goals being at the core of the value proposition.
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