Tennis in India was very different 40 years ago. Players from the south, especially Chennai we’re dominating tennis in India. India’s greatest achievement in singles till date was Ramanathan Krishnan reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals. He reached a career-high ranking of no.6 in the world in Lance Tingay’s amateur rankings, which has not been surpassed or even come close to being surpassed till date. The achievements didn’t stop there though.
The momentum shifted to his son, Ramesh Krishnan, who was ranked no.1 in the world in juniors and won junior Wimbledon like his father and also the junior french open. After turning professional Ramesh beat Mats Wilander, who was world no.1 at the time during the 1989 Australian open. In recognition of his achievements and his contribution to Indian tennis, in 1998 he was awarded the Padma Shri which is India’s fourth highest civilian honours. Other great players from Chennai include Vijay Amritraj who had reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the US open. Along with brother Anand Amritraj, they both reached the Davis cup finals twice. Leander Paes also begin playing tennis in Chennai at the Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy. Former India No.1 Somdev Devvarman also begun playing tennis in Chennai as well.These legendary Indian players have set the bar for Indian tennis high and Chennai has set Indian tennis on fire by inspiring many more states to take up many initiatives to have themselves on the tennis map.
The places listed below are some of the academies where I’ve had great experiences playing tournaments:
*Ahmedabad Racquet Club in Gujarat
*CLTA in Chandigarh, Punjab
*Loyola Tennis Academy in Chennai, Tamilnadu
*Chennai Tennis Centre (Anna University) in Chennai, Tamilnadu
*YMCA (Triangle Tennis Trust)in Chennai, Tamilnadu
*Krishnan Tennis Centre(KTC) in Chennai, Tamilnadu
*TTC (Trivandrum Tennis Club) in Trivandrum, Kerala
*Sania Mirza Tennis Academy in Hyderabad, Telangana
There have also been many tennis stadiums constructed of international standards:
*SDAT stadium, Chennai
*Indra Gandhi stadium, New Delhi
*Balewadi Stadium, Pune
There are many other places and experiences I might have missed out, please do share them with everyone in the comments below.
And for the people who are eagerly waiting for the 2018 ATP 250 Chennai Open…oops, I mean Maharashtra Open, here’s the link to learn more about it.
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