Tennis is one of the most popular sports in India, and people of all ages play. Tennis has become more popular in India since the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) was set up as the governing body for the sport. They now run a lot of tennis events in India, which are important for the development of new tennis players in India because they help them get better at the game. In the past, only national and state tennis regulating bodies were interested in the sport's development. Now, things have changed. Many companies not only sponsor tennis tournaments in India, but they also set them up. These are all the tennis tournaments in India that have helped find a lot of great players in Indian tennis. Today, we'll show you all of them.
There is only one ATP tournament in South Asia: the Chennai Open, which is held in the first week of January every year since 1997. The competition used to be called the Gold Flake Open and the TATA Open, which were named after its main sponsors. When the three-year deal with Tata came to an end in 2004, the risk of losing the right to host the event was very real because there was no big sponsor.
Tennis stars like Stanislas Wawrinka, Carlos Moya, Marcos Baghdatis, and Rafael Nadal have played at India's only ATP event. The tournament moved to Pune in 2017 because of a dispute, and it will stay there for the time being.
O There is a lot of talk in the press about how the event is owned by IMG and run by IMG-Reliance (they are the same people who are responsible for ISL, and for managing domestic Indian football till 2025). Because of a disagreement between IMG Reliance and the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, the location had to be changed. A new deal with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association then came into play.
International Premier Tennis League
This is another competition that isn't sure how long it will last. But at one point it did look like tennis was going to be the next big thing in the world. The International Premier Tennis League was first played in 2014, and like its namesake, the Indian Premier League, it had a shorter format, spectators, and teams. The games were also played in other countries, with arenas in India, Japan, Singapore, and Manila among the places where they took place.
Those teams are called "franchises." They are the Indian Aces, Japan Warriors, Manila Mavericks (only played in 2014, 2015), UAE Royals, and Singapore Slammers. Star-studded Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took on each other in Delhi in the second edition. Indians from all over the country came to watch. Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one, and Eugenie Bouchard, the former world number five, both played in front of Indian fans.
In 2014, the Delhi Open (or Delhi ATP Challenger) was first held. It has been held three times since. There was no event in 2017. When it ran from 1999 to 2008, it was a model for what came before it (in a sense).
Part of the ATP Challenger Tour, which is called the second circuit of tennis. The ATP Challenger Tour is not as important as the ATP World Tour 250 Series on this scale.
There have been a lot of bad things said about the Indian National Tennis Championships in the news. For one thing, India's best tennis players don't play in the Nationals, even though the AITA wants them to. The Delhi Lawn Tennis Association hosts the Fenesta Open National Championship, which is also known as the Fenesta Open. This tournament is for people who play lawn tennis. It includes both men and women, as well as boys and girls between the ages of 14 and 18. Even in the 2017 Under 18 Championships, there were some surprises. They have their own tournament for the Sub-Junior divisions. This event is said to be run by the MSLTA for kids between the ages of 16 and 12, and it is said to be in its 12th year as of May 2018.
As we write this, Indian tennis player Ramkumar Ramanathan is in the semifinals of the ATP for the first time in Newport, USA. She took home her second title of the year in Nonthaburi, Thailand, at the ITF event. Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, on the other hand, won his third doubles tournament on the ATP Challenger tour and is a contender for the Indian doubles title. The TOI says to keep an eye on five young women who play tennis. Saketh Myneni, on the other hand, is secretly trying to match, or even better, his all-time best of Rank 137.