Tennis News 2016

Is Tennis leagues the future ?

The International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) is a professional tournament started on 28th November 2014 has seen has some fantastic Tennis so far. The format of these matches is such that a player wins a point for every set won. There are four teams participating in the tournament called UAE Royals, Manila Mavericks, Singapore Slammers and Indian Aces. In this tournament many former players and present top players like Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Roger Federer, and Tomas Berdych are participating.

This Tennis league has helped the lead players especially Saina Mirza and Rohana Bopanna to improve their skills and learn the finer aspects from the top players in the world.  This tournament is providing the audience an opportunity to watch their favorite international players in person playing some quality Tennis. Yesterday (7 December) in Delhi, People came to watch Roger Federer.  It was an eye opener for the international players to make this tournament a success. It is a big chance for the likes of Dojokvic and other top players to play in India and increase their popularity. The telecast of these leagues is helping the Indian audience to watch the game and start opting to play the game.

Apart from this tournament, The Champions League Tennis, The Asian Games gave a lot of opportunity to the young Tennis players to improve their skills. The Champions League Tennis was held in November across 6 cities in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Chandigarh.  There were 4 players in each team which included 3 foreign players and 1 upcoming Indian player. This was the shortest format of tennis.  In the recently concluded Asian games Indian Tennis was without Somdev Devraman, Leander Paes but they did well by winning 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medal which is big achievement.

Such international tournaments will be of great value-add for budding Tennis players in India. However the ITPL was beneficial to only two Indians. Like the IPL the cricket league where the Indians get more chances to play with top international players, the ITPL should follow the same principle so that all national level players must get a chance to start with.

Other limitation of the IPTL is exorbitant cost of the entry tickets (Rs 3000-20,000). The price of tickets must be reduced so that young budding players get concessional entry to watch their favorite stars. The SAI must make sure that the tennis league would help the young Indian players to watch and learn about the game. 

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