Tennis is the world’s most popular individual sport and the fourth most popular amongst all sports. Lawn tennis is a high paying individual sport where players have the potential to earn more than $40 million annually. However in India, tennis is mostly limited to urban areas but it is still counted among the popular sports. Like football and cricket, tennis was also originated in England in the late 19th Century. It has been a popular sport in India since the 1880s when the British Army and Civilian Officers brought the game to India.
Tennis is governed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and is a member of Asian Tennis Federation. In 1997, India won its first Grand Slam title at the French open, in the Mixed Doubles. And India Davis Cup team is the most successful team of Asia in Davis team. Some of the popular international tennis players from India are Vijay Amritraj, Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Peas, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna. The Chennai Open, Bangalore Open, Sunfeast Open and Kingfisher Airlines Open are the popular tennis tournaments in India.
There are many tennis academies spread across India. Interestingly most of them are started by professional Indian tennis players. One can start learning tennis by enrolling at a local academy that you’d find in most of the cities. Its reported that playing tennis generate new connections between nerves in the brain and promotes lifetime of continuing development of brain as the sport requires extreme alertness and tactical thinking. One should avoid playing tennis with any existing joint injuries.
Trivia: Tennis is enjoyed by millions of recreational players worldwide and also is a popular spectator sport, especially the four Grand Slam tournaments: the Australian Open played on hard courts, the French Open played on red clay courts, Wimbledon played on grass courts, and the US Open played also on hard courts.
Quote: “Losing is not my enemy…fear of losing is my enemy.”
-Rafael Nadal, Spanish professional tennis player and a former world No. 1.
Table tennis is another form of tennis and is also known as ping pong. It is a popular indoor recreation sport in India. The sport is governed by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), which is currently ranked 30th in the world. There are various table tennis tournaments organised by TTFI throughout the year including the National Ranking Championships at the regional levels. Besides, some of the large companies also organise tournaments such as All India JBL Open Table Tennis Tournament. Some of the popular Indian table tennis players who play at the international level are Chetan Baboor, Mouma Das, Achanta Sharath Kamal and Kamlesh Mehta amongst many.