Tennis In India


  Tennis is one of the most loved sports in India. Like the game of cricket, tennis was brought to India by British army officers and government officials in the early 1880s. Though the games was widely popular among the British, it started to attract the local people when it was played in clubs and tournaments. When Indians started to play, the officials started to organise regular tournaments such as 'Punjab Lawn tennis Championship' at Lahore (Now in Pakistan) in 1885. 'Bengal Lawn Tennis Championship' at Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1887 and the 'All India Tennis Championships' at Allahabad in 1910.


  Later, many Indian players emerged to play international games such as BK Nehru (1905) and Sardar Nihal Singh (1908). Some players including M Saleem, Fayzee brothers and Jagat Mohan Lal also made it to last 16 stages at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament in London. According to All Indian Tennis Association, Mohd. Saleem of Lahore won the Punjab Championship in 1915 and thereafter consecutively from 1919 to 1926. In 1917 NS Iyer lifted the Bengal Championship. In 1919 Mr. Nagu picked up the prestigious singles crown at the All India Tennis Championship at City's Gymkhana Club at Allahabad. Henceforth the Indians started playing the game with greater distinction. In Davis Cup ties between 1921 to 1929 India beat among others France, Romania, Holland, Belgium. Spain and Greece. Top Indians M. Sleem, Fayzee brothers AH Fayzee and AA Fayzee, Cotah Ramaswamy and Krishna Prasad beat a large number of ranked European players and teams and brought glory to the country. Ghaus Mohammad became the first Indian to reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1939, but he lost to American champion Bobby Riggs.


Top Indian Players of Tennis

Ramanathan KrishnanRamanathan Krishnan

  He is a retired tennis player who was among the world's leading players in the 1950s and 1960s. He was twice a semifinalist at Wimbledon in 1960 and 1961, reaching as high as World No. 6 in Lance Tingay's amateur rankings. Krishnan received the Arjuna award (1961), Padma Shri (1962) and the Padma Bhushan(1967).

Vijay Amritraj Vijay Amritraj

  He is a former tennis player and was the first Indian to turn fully professional in sport. He was part of the Indian Davis Cup team that reached the finals in 1974 and 1987. Amritraj had a career singles win-loss record 384–296, winning 16 singles and 13 doubles titles. He reached his career high ranking in singles of World No. 16 in July 1980. In 1981, he reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon before losing in five sets to Jimmy Connors after being up 2-0. He beat John McEnroe in the first round of Cincinnati Masters in 1984. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1983.

Ramesh KrishnanRamesh Krishnan

  He is the son of Ramanathan Krishnan and former professional tennis player from India. He won the boys' singles titles at both Wimbledon and the French Open in 1970's. He went on to reach three Grand Slam quarter-finals in the 1980s and was a part of the Indian team which reached the final of the Davis Cup in 1987. Krishnan also beat then World No. 1, Mats Wilander, at the 1989 Australian Open. He became India's Davis Cup captain in 2007.

Anand AmritrajAnand Amritraj

  He is a former tennis player. He along with his brothers, Vijay Amritraj and Ashok Amritraj , were among the first Indians to play in international tennis tournament. In 1976, Anand and Vijay were semifinalists in the Wimbledon men's doubles. Anand was part of the Indian team for 1974 Davis Cup.

Leander PaesLeander Paes

  He is an Indian professional tennis player who is considered to be one of the best doubles and mixed doubles players of all time, having achieved a career Grand Slam in each discipline. He has won eight doubles and ten mixed doubles Grand Slam titles. He won the Bronze Medal at the 1992 Olympics in Men’s Singles. He holds a career Grand Slam in men's doubles and mixed doubles, and achieved the rare men's doubles/mixed doubles double at the 1999 Wimbledon tournament. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award (1996–97), Arjuna Award (1990), Padma Shri (2001) and Padma Bhushan (2014).

Mahesh BhupathiMahesh Bhupathi

  He is a retired Indian professional tennis player. He became the first Indian to win a Grand Slam tournament (with Rika Hiraki) in 1997. With his win at the Australian Open mixed doubles in 2006, he joined the elite group of eight tennis players who have achieved a career Grand Slam in mixed doubles. He is also the founder of International Premier Tennis League. Mahesh Bhupathi is known for his big serve. According to Nadal, his strong back hand makes him the best for an Ad Court player. Roger Federer acclaims him as one of the best players of all time.

Rohan BopannaRohan Bopanna

  He is an Indian professional tennis player. His singles career high ranking was World No. 213 in 2007 and his career high ranking in doubles was World No. 3 on 22 July 2013. Recently, most of his appearances in professional tournaments have been in doubles matches. He is a member of the Indian Davis Cup team since 2002.

Sania MirzaSania Mirza

  She is an Indian professional tennis player. She has won six Grand Slam titles in her career. Between 2003 and 2013, she was ranked by the WTA as India's No. 1 player in both the categories. Sania mirza is one of the most successful female Indian tennis player ever and one of the highest-paid and high-profile athletes in the country. She was awarded Arjuna Award (2004), Padma Shri (2006), Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2015) amd Padma Bhushan (2016).

All India Tennis Association (AITA)

  AITA is the governing body of tennis in India. It was established in 1920 and affiliated by International Tennis Federation and Asian Tennis Federation. It operates all of the Indian national representative tennis sides, including the India Davis Cup team, the India Fed Cup team and youth sides as well. AITA is also responsible for organising and hosting tennis tournaments within India and scheduling the home international fixtures. Praveen Mahajan is the current president of AITA.

Indian Tennis Tournaments schedule 2019

Tennis Schedule 2019
Tournament Start Date End Date
St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 28-Jan-2019 3-Feb-2019
Hua Hin Championships 28-Jan-2019 3-Feb-2019
Open Sud de France 3-Feb-2019 10-Feb-2019
Sofia Open 4-Feb-2019 10-Feb-2019
Córdoba Open 4-Feb-2019 10-Feb-2019
Qatar Total Open 11-Feb-2019 16-Feb-2019
Rotterdam Open 11-Feb-2019 17-Feb-2019
New York Open 11-Feb-2019 17-Feb-2019
Argentina Open 18-Feb-2019 24-Feb-2019
Dubai Tennis Championships (WTA) 18-Feb-2019 2-Mar-2019
Hungarian Ladies Open 18-Feb-2019 24-Feb-2019
Rio Open 18-Feb-2019 24-Feb-2019
Open 13 18-Feb-2019 24-Feb-2019
Delray Beach Open 18-Feb-2019 24-Feb-2019
Mexican Open 25-Feb-2019 2-Mar-2019
Brasil Open 25-Feb-2019 3-Mar-2019
Dubai Tennis Championships (ATP) 25-Feb-2019 2-Mar-2019
Indian Wells Open 4-Mar-2019 17-Mar-2019
Miami Open 18-Mar-2019 31-Mar-2019
Charleston Open 30-Mar-2019 7-Apr-2019
Monterrey Open 1-Apr-2019 7-Apr-2019
U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships 8-Apr-2019 14-Apr-2019
Grand Prix Hassan II 8-Apr-2019 14-Apr-2019
Ladies Open Lugano 8-Apr-2019 14-Apr-2019
Copa Colsanitas 8-Apr-2019 14-Apr-2019
Monte-Carlo Masters 13-Apr-2019 21-Apr-2019
Barcelona Open 20-Apr-2019 28-Apr-2019
Hungarian Open 22-Apr-2019 29-Apr-2019
Stuttgart Open (WTA) 22-Apr-2019 28-Apr-2019
İstanbul Cup 22-Apr-2019 28-Apr-2019
Prague Open 29-Apr-2019 4-May-2019
Morocco Open 29-Apr-2019 4-May-2019
Estoril Open 29-Apr-2019 5-May-2019
Madrid Open 6-May-2019 12-May-2019
Italian Open 12-May-2019 19-May-2019
Geneva Open 18-May-2019 25-May-2019
Lyon Open 18-May-2019 25-May-2019
Nuremberg Cup 19-May-2019 25-May-2019
Internationaux de Strasbourg 19-May-2019 25-May-2019
French Open 26-May-2019 9-Jun-2019

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