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Tennis set to get a boost

GOOD NEWS awaits Coimbatore tennis buffs. The Coimbatore District Tennis Association (CDTA) along with Rotarians and Round Tablers plan to start a junior tennis league in the city.

A decade ago, the Cotton City boasted of the best of tennis players in Nirupama Vaidhyanathan, KG brothers - Ramesh and Suresh and Karthikeyan. However, for want of infrastructure and big tourneys, the once popular game lost its charm. Despite a lot of hard work put in by a segment of tennis lovers, nothing big was happening.

However, in the recent past, the situation has changed for the better with boys and girls flooding the Railway tennis courts, GCT courts, Officers' Club courts, Life Spring Sports Condo courts and the CDTA Tennis Centre at R.S. Puram. The list of new entrants keeps increasing, which only goes to show that it is boom time for tennis.

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has also recently graded its competitions like Talent Series, Super Series and Challenger Series, which will further boost its image.

The CDTA with the help of the City Corporation officials has established and is maintaining seven clay courts and one hard court in the CDTA Tennis Centre.

The IOC Premium AITA Junior Tennis Tournament has also brought in major infrastructural changes on the courts, which includes back nets, jogging track, gallery, floodlit courts and a 10,000 litres water sump for regular court maintenance.

The CDTA also has a long-standing relationship with the Indian Oil Corporation. The company has been supporting tennis in the city and all over India for almost a decade. If others also come forward to help, then Coimbatore will once again figure in the tennis calendar.

By Rayan Rozario

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