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 Aircel Chennai open, the only ATP tournament of India and the greatest hangout spot for young tennis players of Chennai and other cities nearby. It is the main tennis attraction of India, but due to lack of funds it has been cancelled and shifted to Pune and is now renamed as Maharashtra Open. For 21 years it has been conducted in Chennai and it has grown fondly in the hearts of all the tennis players, be it professional or amateur or tennis enthusiasts. Being a tennis player from Chennai myself, it was my dream to play on the centre court in front of my home crowd, but surely I’m not alone, every tennis player and tennis coach in India must’ve dreamt of their player playing on home soil in front of the whole world. Everyone who has had the opportunity to go and watch the matches should relate to the fun and cheerful atmosphere. Watching matches was only half of the story of what we did here.