Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee reveals his 'ultimate challenge'

Abhijit Banerjee, co-founder and co-director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and 2019 Nobel laureate in economics, joins Jaidip Mukerjea on the tennis court for a lesson at the Calcutta South Club in India, while Abhijit plays a friendly game against Satyajeet Burman. Abhijit, an avid tennis fan, says, 'I play tennis twice a week at least, and sometimes more. I'm often the least talented on court but most enthusiastic. I watch tennis a lot. My brother and I are real tennis addicts and talk a lot about the sport.'


Abhijit Banerjee revealed that tennis was the ultimate challenge for him and something that he hugely enjoys. The Nobel Prize winner in economics on Tuesday took some time off from his schedule to take tennis lessons from the city's great Jaidip Mukerjea at Kolkata.

Less than 12 hours after he was given a life membership at the historic Calcutta South Club in a glittering evening, Banerjee who along with his wife Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer won the 2019 Economics Nobel, turned up around 8am in his all-black tracksuit with a racket in hand.

First, he warmed up with the former India Davis Cup captain, who then gave him some lessons on strokeplay as he was seen sweating out at the courts for about 45 minutes.

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