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Nagaland’s Lenien Jamir named MAAC 2022 Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team player

Nagaland women tennis player Lenien Jamir has been selected MAAC 2022 Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team player for the second consecutive year. A total of 38 student-athletes were named to the

Nagaland women tennis player Lenien Jamir has been selected MAAC 2022 Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team player for the second consecutive year.

A total of 38 student-athletes were named to the 2022 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Women’s Tennis All-Academic Team, announced by the MAAC on April 22, 2022.

The Nagaland tennis sensation Lenien Jamir, who bagged the prestigious athletic scholarship at Monmouth University in the United States of America, hails from Mokokchung district of Nagaland. She is the first-ever tennis player from Nagaland to join the US collegiate tennis circuit.

She has gained huge experience and exposure in the tennis circuit and has won numerous championships in national and international ranked tournaments across India, as well as, in other Asian and African nations.

Lenien underwent training under the All Assam Tennis Association (AATA) when she was a child.

Hailing from the Mokochung district, Jamir tried her hands at taekwondo and swimming before taking up tennis when she was just six years old. With facilities in Nagaland limited, the Jamir family soon shifted to Guwahati, Assam to support their daughter’s dream.

Though Jamir joined the University team only in January 2021 due to the pandemic, she has already put up some highly consistent performances and recently earned the AII-MAAC honours.

Despite her early success in tennis, Jamir never gave up on her academics. The youngster even stopped playing tennis altogether when it was time for her board examinations.

First Published: 24th April, 2022 12:15 IST

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