Tennis is one of the most popular sports in India, with players of all ages taking part in the sport. Tennis' popularity has progressively increased since the formation of the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) as the sport's regulatory body in India. AITA now organizes a number of tennis tournaments in India, which contribute significantly to the development of young tennis players in the country. Things have changed from the days when national and state tennis governing organizations were the only institutions concerned with the sport's development. Tennis events are sponsored and organized by a variety of companies in India. Today, we provide you with complete information on all of India's major tennis tournaments, which have aided in the discovery of some hidden gems of Indian tennis.
The Chennai Open, South Asia's only Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament, has taken place in Chennai every year since 1997 during the first week of January. The Gold Flake Open and TATA Open were the previous names for the championship, which were named by its principal sponsors. Due to the lack of a headline sponsor when the three-year contract with Tata concluded in 2004, the possibility of Chennai losing the privilege to host the event loomed largely.
Tennis stars such as Stanislas Wawrinka, Carlos Moya, Marcos Baghdatis, and Rafael Nadal have competed in India's sole ATP event. Due to legal issues, the tournament was moved to Pune in 2017 and will remain there for the foreseeable future.
O The fact that the event is owned by IMG and staged by IMG-Reliance keeps cropping up in press stories (they are the same people who are responsible for ISL, and for managing domestic Indian football till 2025). Due to a disagreement between IMG Reliance and the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, the venue was relocated, and a new deal was made with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.
International Premier Tennis League
This is yet another competition with a shaky future. It did, however, appear to be the tennis of the future at one point. The International Premier Tennis League started in 2014, and it featured a shorter format, spectators, and franchisees, similar to its namesake, the Indian Premier League. The matches were also held in various countries, including arenas in India, Japan, Singapore, and Manilla.
The franchises included the Indian Aces, Japan Warriors, Manila Mavericks (only played in 2014 and 2015), UAE Royals, and Singapore Slammers. The star-studded second edition saw Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal go head-to-head in Delhi, drawing Indians from all around the country. Former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic and former World No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard both played in front of Indian fans.
Since its inception in 2014, the Delhi Open (or Delhi ATP Challenger) has been held three times. The event in 2017 was canceled. The New Delhi Challenger was a forerunner, running from 1999 to 2008. (in a sense).
The tournament is part of the ATP Challenger Tour, which is considered tennis' second circuit. On the above-mentioned relevance scale, the ATP Challenger Tour ranks behind (or below) the ATP World Tour 250 Series.
For all the wrong reasons, the Indian National Tennis Championships have been in the news. For one point, despite the AITA's efforts, India's top tennis players do not compete in the Nationals. The Fenesta Open National Championship, often known as the Fenesta Open, is hosted by the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association. Men and women, as well as boys and girls under the ages of 14, 16, and 18, are covered. In the 2017 Under 18 Championships, there were even some unexpected upsets. A separate competition for the Sub-Junior divisions is the Ramesh Desai Memorial Sub-Junior Nationals. According to reports, the MSLTA organises this event for under-16 and under-12 age groups, and it is already in its 12th edition as of May 2018.
Ramkumar Ramanathan is in the ATP semifinals for the first time at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, USA, as we type this. In the ITF event in Nonthaburi, Thailand, Ankita Raina won her second championship of the year. Meanwhile, on the ATP Challenger Tour, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won his third doubles tournament and is a strong candidate for India's doubles title. The Times of India suggests five promising female tennis players to keep an eye on. Saketh Myneni, meantime, is secretly aiming to match, if not better, his all-time high of Rank 137.