Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 1980
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nirupama Mankad nee Vasant is a former Indian tennis player. She was born on January 17, 1947 in Karachi, Pakistan. Nirupama Mankad is the daughter of G. Vasant, a leading tennis player in India in his time. She survives her husband, the late Ashok Mankad, a former Indian Test cricketer. Their son Harsh Mankad is an Indian Davis Cup player. Mankad won the Asian women's tennis championship in 1965 at the age of 17. She played Wimbledon junior event in 1965 and partnered Anand Amritraj in the mixed doubles event in 1971, reaching the second round. She was India's top ranked tennis player between 1965 and 1978, winning the national championship seven times during this time. She won the Indian government's Arjuna award in 1980.