Furthermore, an intent to create more of such Mirzas and Bhupathis has led to various tennis academies across the country. A few of these esteemed institutions are as follows:
Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academies (MBTA)
Founded in 2006, Mahesh Bhupathi has used this Academy to provide knowledge and skill training facilities to students of all socioeconomic classes. He has several academies spread out across the expanse of India under the flagship brand name. With Bhupathi himself and Davis Cup and Asian Games veteran Gaurav Natekar at the helm, MBTA works towards abolishing the myth that ‘tennis is an elitist sport’.
Sania Mirza Tennis Academy
Set up in her hometown Hyderabad, the Sania Mirza Tennis Academy is the Indian tennis sensation’s way of giving back to the community. With state-of-the-art facilities, such as turfed field for fitness and training, plexipave and clay courts of international standards, high-tech gym and club facilities, SMTA offers students from the Under-10 level a glorious opportunity to train with world-class coaches like Christian Filhol.
RK Khanna Tennis Academy
Working in tandem with the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association, RK Khanna Tennis Academy provides extensive training facilities to tennis enthusiasts, topped with state-of-the-art gym, poolhouse facilities and artificial turf courts of international standards. Amongst the many professional level tennis players churned out of the academy, one noteworthy mention would be that of Sumit Nagal, winner of 2015 Wimbledon Boys’ Doubles title, with Vietnamese player Nam Hoang Ly. It was here where Nagal was spotted by Bhupathi.
Krishnan Tennis Centre
The city of Chennai is abuzz with tennis mania. Out of the many institutes channelling this energy towards fruitful results, one such place is Krishnan Tennis Centre. It should come as no surprise that legendary, Wimbledon-winning father-son duo Ramanathan and Ramesh Krishnan decided to set up a tennis coaching facility in the suburb of Kotivakkam. This institute, set up in 1995, has raised quite a few international-level stars, most notably, Ranjit Murugesan who clinched his first ITF Futures title last year in Kolkata.
Zeeshan Ali Tennis Academy
Zeeshan Ali was quite the tennis player is his heydays. Representing India at the Seoul Olympics, he would also go on to win some Challenger titles in Asia as well as be a regular on the Indian Davis Cup team. It is natural that he would want this success to be replicated by many Indian hopefuls as well. The Zeeshan Ali Tennis Academy, set up in Bangalore, has already seen a rising star in its ranks – Nikhil Niranjan – with a few AITA titles under his belt and many more to come.