For the past 10 days or so, those who passed by Anna Stadium in Tiruchi were taken in for a surprise on seeing pictures of tennis stars Sania Mirza, Roger Federer, among others, put up at the compound wall of the tennis court there. Interestingly, in between those pictures were snaps of budding tennis stars from the district.

"I always wanted a player from our district to make it big and this is the first step. Seeing their photo along with the greats in the game will motivate them and inspire others to take up the sport," says, Kareem Kutty, a tennis enthusiast who has sponsored the whole project.

More than 30 pictures are on display now. Mr. Kareem says, as players from the district start performing, their photos will also be put up.

Commenting on the initiative, District Sports Officer Paneerselvam says there are plans to follow such a practice in basketball and other courts as well.

"It is only a matter of getting sponsors," he adds.

At the district-level tennis tournament conducted by the Tiruchi wing of Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu and Kareem Kutty Tennis Club recently, S. Venkatesh Krishna and S. Nivedha, both from Union Club, won the Under-14 and Under-16 title respectively, while M.R. Subhashini clinched the Under-12 title.

in Tiruchi