'Road to Wimbledon' initiative is an opportunity for Indian boys and girls in the under-14 age group to play on grass at Wimbledon next year.

Former world No. 4 tennis player, Tim Henman will visit India for coaching clinics as part of the ‘Road to Wimbledon’ scheme.

Two under-14 tournaments will be played in Delhi and Mumbai over the next fortnight, and the top 16 boys and girls from the two events will compete in the Masters in Delhi in April. The finalists in the boys and girls sections will be selected to play the National finals on grass in Wimbledon in August.

“The activity in January is just the beginning of the Road to Wimbledon in India and I can’t wait to see how we can help develop tennis in India over the coming years,” Tim Henman said on Thursday.

It may be recalled that Henman had launched his career in India 20 years ago by winning the first three legs of the Satellite circuit.

The All England Club head coach Dan Bloxham will also join Henman in the coaching clinics, during the six-day visit in Delhi and Mumbai.

The Wimbledon Foundation and sponsor HSBC have, in collaboration with the All India Tennis Association (AITA), plotted the pilot scheme as the first phase of a long-term plan towards the development of tennis in the country.

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