Talk about Indian tennis anywhere in the world and connoisseurs immediately
think of Chennai. Tamil Nadu has produced many World Class tennis players
- Krishnans and Amritrajs - and hosts the only ATP tennis tournament
held in South Asia.
(1) History of Tennis in Tamilnadu
(2) Tamilnadu Tennis Association
(3) TNTA Coaching Schools
(4) ADVANCED PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
(5) DISTRICT COACHING SCHEME
(6) Coaching scheme for underprivileged
(7) Office Bearers and Councillors
OF TENNIS IN TAMILNADU
After the very first Wimbledon Championships in 1877,
tennis caught the fancy of many people across the world. The British
colonies, especially, were fascinated with the sport and the first tennis
courts appeared in Chennai barely six years after the first Championships.
As early as 1883, four tennis courts were laid in Madras Cricket Club
(MCC). In January of 1887, a significant incident occurred in the
history of tennis in South India - MCC took the initiative and
organized the first Lawn Tennis tournament in South India. Two
interesting features occurred at this tournament. It had an event for
the ladies (only three years earlier in 1884, the first Ladies' Singles
event had taken place at the Wimbledon) and the prizes awarded to players
were all in cash.
TAMILNADU TENNIS ASSOCIATION
With the growing popularity and appeal of Tennis, associations were
being messaged all over the world for the orderly development of
the game. In the year 1920, at Lahore, the All India Tennis Association
came into being. Six years later, in 1926, the Madras Provincial
Lawn Tennis Association was inaugurated, with Hon. Justice E.E. Mack
as its first President. The Madras Cricket Club, Madras United Club,
and the South Indian Athletic Association were the first amongst the
clubs to get affiliated to the Association. The other prominent
clubs that played a key role in the development of tennis were Madras
Gymkhana Club, Mylapore Club, Cosmopolitan Club, and Clubs in Ooty,
Trichy, Madurai and Coimbatore. These Clubs, apart from providing tennis
facilities to their members, regularly conducted tournaments that
attracted large enthusiastic crowds.
In the 1940’s, The Madras Corporation made available public courts
in the celebrated Egmore Stadium, where all-important tournaments
were conducted and regular coaching was also imparted to young players.
Madras played a key role in tennis nationally by staging important
Davis Cup matches, national level tournaments such as National Hard
Court Championships and National Junior Championships, and ITF Satellite
and Challenger events. Several international players participated
in these tournaments, amongst who were many Wimbledon Champions such
as Frank Sedgeman, Jaroslav Drobny, John Newcombe, Neale Fraser, Roy
Emerson, Alex Olmedo, and Tony Trabert. In the 1930s, all-time greats
like Bill Tilden and Henri Cochet played exhibition matches in Chennai.
Apart from international players, our own R.Krishnan and other top
ranked Indian players regularly participated in Chennai tournaments
till 1968, when the era of amateur tennis ended, and the era of
professional tennis began.
After a modest start, TNTA has grown into a professionally managed
organization with an office in Chennai. Today, 28 clubs are affiliated
to it. Some of TNTA’s present activities include:
- Running tennis coaching schools
- Conducting and administering tournaments at regional, national and
- Coordinating with All India Tennis Association (AITA), Sports Development
Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and other bodies.
Coordinating with International Marketing Group (IMG) to conduct the
- Conducting coaching camps for State level players.
- Presenting annual awards to potentially talented players in various
age groups at its Annual Day function.
- Conducting clinics and examinations for umpires and officials.
- Conducting free coaching for corporation school children in association
(3) TNTA TENNIS COACHING SCHOOLS:
Tamil Nadu Tennis Association
SDAT Tennis Stadium,
Chennai 600 034
Ph: 91 44 2817 0381
Tennis Coaching Schools and Academy
No. 30, Gandhi Irwin Road,
Chennai 600 008
Ph: 91 44 2819 1034
(4) ADVANCED PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Inspired by the Krishnans and the Amritarajs, several youngsters have
taken to tennis in Chennai. TNTA has drawn up a program aimed at developing
talent to international standards. This special program called APDS
has four main components.
- Identification of talent
- Development of talent through regular coaching with national and
- Development of physical fitness and mental toughness to face International
- Exposure of select players to National and International tournaments.
(5) DISTRICT SCHEME:
Tennis is played avidly in the districts of Tamil Nadu as in Chennai.
There are thirteen district associations that actively promote tennis
by conducting tournaments and harnessing talent through coaching schemes
in their respective areas. TNTA has introduced the District
Coaching Scheme to provide Districts with experienced coaches to establish
strong grass root District Coaching centers. The District Association
will provide playing facilities and the support staff. AITA Men’s
Ranking Tournaments are also being conducted.
MARG, the Real Estate Group has come forward to support the scheme
to establish grass root coaching centers in Tiruchy and other Districts
where Tennis is popular.
TNTA will help start the scheme by identifying and deputing a coach
for each scheme.
(6) COACHING SCHEME FOR UNDER
TNTA has a scheme for supporting underprivileged children with a view
to broad base grass root coaching amongst the underprivileged and to
help the talented youngsters who have the hunger to aspire to do well.
The support for the children is based on a DAY BOARDING scheme which
willinclude providing of training, coaching and diet under supervision
of TNTA free of cost.
(7) OFFICE BEARERS AND COUNCILLORS
OFFICE BEARERS FOR 2018-2019
Mr. Vijay Amritraj
Mr. A. Vellayan
Mr. Karti P Chidambaram
Mr. Vijay Sankar
Mr. Haresh Ramachandran
Mr. Prem Kumar Karra
Mr. Vivek Reddy
1. Mr. Jasper Cornelius
2. Mr. M. Chander
3. Mr. Shivkumar Palani
4. Mr. K. Vidyashankar
5. Mr. T.V. Subramaniyam
6. Mr. Murali Padmanabhan
7. Mr. B. Venkatasubramaniam
8. Mr. K. Suresh
9. Mrs. Sai Jayalakshmi
10. Mrs. Anuradha Ravishankar
11. Mr. G. Vairavan
12. Mr. K. Madhubalan
13. Mr. Manoj Chandani
14. Dr. K. Shivaram Selvakkumar