Tennis in India is one of the most popular sports, with players of all ages actively participating in the game. Since the establishment of the All-India Tennis Association (AITA) as the regulatory organization for tennis in India, the sport’s popularity has been steadily increasing. AITA now conducts a number of tennis events in India, which play an important part in the development of fresh tennis players in India. Unlike in the past, when national and state tennis regulating bodies were the only entities concerned with the sport’s development, things have changed. Various corporations not only sponsor but also arrange tennis tournaments in India. Today we bring you the complete details of all the major tennis tournaments in India that have helped find several hidden gems of Indian tennis.-- Advertisement --
List of All The Major Tennis Tournaments In India
|S.N||Tennis Tournaments In India|
|2||International Premier Tennis League|
|5||KPIT MSLTA Challenger|
|6||WTA Sunfeast Open (2005-2007)|
Tennis Tournaments In India: Every year since 1997, the Chennai Open, South Asia’s sole Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament, has been held in Chennai during the first week of January. The competition was previously known as the Gold Flake Open and TATA Open, after its primary sponsors. When the three-year partnership with Tata expired in 2004, the risk of Chennai losing the right to host the event loomed big due to the lack of a headline sponsor.
Stanislas Wawrinka, Carlos Moya, Marcos Baghdatis, and Rafael Nadal are among the tennis stars who have competed at India’s sole ATP event. The tournament’s location was relocated to Pune in 2017 owing to disputes, and it will remain there for the foreseeable future.-- Advertisement --
O One thing that keeps coming up in press reports is that the event is owned by IMG and organized by IMG-Reliance (they are the same people who are responsible for ISL, and for managing domestic Indian football till 2025). The location was changed owing to a disagreement between IMG Reliance and the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, followed by a new arrangement with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.
International Premier Tennis League
Tennis Tournaments In India: This is another competition whose future is questionable. It did, however, appear to represent the future of tennis at one point. The International Premier Tennis League debuted in 2014, and, like its namesake, the Indian Premier League, it included a shorter format, spectators, and franchisees. The matches were also played in other nations, with arenas in India, Japan, Singapore, and Manilla among the locations.-- Advertisement --
The Indian Aces, Japan Warriors, Manila Mavericks (only played in 2014 and 2015), UAE Royals, and Singapore Slammers were the franchises. The second edition’s star-studded second edition saw Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal battle head-to-head in Delhi, attracting Indians from across the country. Ana Ivanovic, the former World No. 1, and Eugenie Bouchard, the former World No. 5, both played in front of Indian spectators.
Future of the League
Leander Paes, on the other hand, has questioned the league’s financial viability in 2014. Despite the fact that he went on to participate in the 2015 edition, the tournament’s finances have always been a source of contention, one of which being the subject of who would pay the players’ salary. As a result, the league’s organizers announced that the tournament will not be held in 2017. There has been no word on the 2018 version, however, there is speculation that it may be hosted in only one nation rather than the current arrangement. Mahesh Bhupathi is the league’s founder and managing director.
It’s amusing to note that this isn’t the first tennis league to be held in India. The Champions Tennis League, which was founded by another former Indian great, Vijay Amritraj, was hosted in India for two years (2014 and 2015). The league included six city-based franchises, all of which were situated in India. AITA canceled its contract with Mr. Amritraj after failing to run the league in 2016 (and also failing to pay the yearly fee of Rs. 30 lakh); nevertheless, the organizers have indicated optimism of returning in 2018. This league attracted players like Kevin Aderson (yep, the one who defeated Federer), Garbine Murugaza, and Jelena Jankovic to India.
Tennis In India: Delhi Open
The Delhi Open (or Delhi ATP Challenger) has been staged three times since its debut in 2014. The 2017 event did not take place. The New Delhi Challenger, which ran from 1999 to 2008, was a precursor (in a sense).
The tournament is part of the ATP Challenger Tour, which is known as the second circuit of tennis. The ATP Challenger Tour comes behind (or below) the ATP World Tour 250 Series on the above-mentioned significance scale.
Tennis In India: Nationals
Tennis Tournaments In India: The Indian National Tennis Championships have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. For one thing, India’s top tennis players do not compete in the Nationals, despite the AITA’s efforts. The Delhi Lawn Tennis Association hosts the Fenesta Open National Championship, which is also known as the Fenesta Open. It covers both men and women, as well as boys and girls under the ages of 14, 16, and 18. Even some surprising upsets occurred in the 2017 Under 18 Championships. The Ramesh Desai Memorial Sub-Junior Nationals is a separate competition for the Sub-Junior divisions. This event is reportedly organized by the MSLTA for Under-16 and Under-12 levels, and it is already in its 12th iteration as of May 2018.
There is no shortage of developing talent in India; as we write this, Ramkumar Ramanathan is in the ATP semifinals for the first time at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, USA. Ankita Raina won her second championship of the year at Nonthaburi, Thailand, in the ITF event. Meanwhile, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan won his third doubles tournament on the ATP Challenger tour and is a contender for India’s doubles title. The TOI recommends five female tennis youngsters to keep an eye on. Meanwhile, Saketh Myneni is secretly striving to equal, if not exceed, his all-time best of Rank 137.
Tennis Tournaments In India: KPIT MSLTA Challenger
Tennis Tournaments In India: Another tournament on the ATP Challenger Tour takes place in India. The MSLTA organizes the competition, which has been going on since 2014. It is generally held between October and November, and it is, of course, the only Indian tournament on the ATP Challenger Tour right now. Yuki Bhambri (twice) was a previous champion, and Prajnesh Gunneswaran and Ramkumar Ramanathan were finalists.
Tennis Tournaments In India: WTA Sunfeast Open (2005-2007)
After a lengthy wait for a big WTA tennis event in India, the Indian Tobacco Company, or ITC, took on the task of hosting the Sunfeast Open in 2005.
The Sunfeast Open was India’s sole indoor event, hosted in the Netaji Indoor Stadium on courts imported in from Europe. This was a time when India’s tennis business was thriving, driven by emerging talent Sania Mirza, who was once ranked in the Top 30 of the WTA Singles ranking. Mirza also competed and won the doubles championship in the 2007 edition, which was also the final.