(Last Updated on : 05/11/2012)
Tennis has always been counted among the most popular sports in India, since its inception and it is run by a number of state and national Tennis associations. The Indian Tennis associations organise numerous Tennis tournaments in India and the Indian Tennis tournaments play an important role in bringing up new Tennis talents.
Apart from the national and state level tennis governing bodies, various corporate houses also sponsor and organise Indian Tennis tournaments. The Indian Tennis academies organise Tennis tournaments in India, as well.
The Indian Tennis tournaments can be classified in different ways like age-wise or according to the surface, where they are played. There are mainly three kinds of Tennis tournaments in India like the Hard Court tournaments, the Clay Court tournaments and the Grass Court tournaments.
The Indian Tennis tournaments are organised at various age level like junior level, or senior level and mini Tennis tournaments are also organised in India. Apart from the national and state level Tennis tournaments, numerous international Tennis tournaments are also organised in India.
The All India Tennis Association
(AITA) play host to the Davis Cup matches, on a regular basis. All the Indian Tennis tournaments are recognised by the two international governing bodies for men's and women's tennis, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA).
The Chennai Open tennis tournament
The Chennai Open tennis tournament is one of the most popular and prestigious Indian Tennis tournaments, which is organised by corporate houses. This is considered as the biggest international tennis championship in India and it is also one of the two ATP tournaments, held in India. The tournament is held on the first week of January every year since 1997. Though it started as Gold Flake Open tennis tournament, its name was changed to Tata Open tennis tournament in 2002 after a change in title sponsor. The Chennai Open is being co- sponsored by the State Government of Tamil Nadu
, for the past few years. Apart from the State Government, a Hard Court SDAT tennis stadium in Nabakumargram consortium of corporate house is also co-sponsoring the event.
One of the successful Indian Tennis tournaments, the Chennai Open is played at the hard court SDAT tennis stadium in Nabakumargram. It attracts a large number of top players of the ATP circuit every year, and the players like Xavier Malisse, Ivan Ljubicic, Carlos Moya and Paradorn Srichaphan have been former champions in Chennai Open.
Bangalore Open Tennis Tournament
The Bangalore Open is another top class Indian Tennis tournament that started its journey in the year 2006. The main sponsor of this tournament is SONY ERISSON international. Played in Hard Court, the Bangalore Open is recognised as a tire III event. The players like Yaro Shvedova and Mara Santangelo have won the tournament in the years of 2006 and 2007, respectively.
Sunfeast Open Tennis Tournament
The Sunfeast Open is considered to be a popular one among all the Indian Tennis tournaments. The tournament is being held in Kolkata
since 2005 and it is mainly played on a lush green indoor court at the Netaji Indoor Stadium. The State Government of West Bengal
and the corporate house, ITC have taken the key initiatives for the Sunfeast Open.
Kingfisher Airlines Open Tennis Tournament
Apart from them, GloboSport and the legendary Indian Tennis player like, Mahesh Bhupathi
, Leander Paes
are playing the role of its main organizers. The Kingfisher Airlines Open is another top class Indian Tennis tournament. This is only the second ATP event played in India and is being held in Mumbai, since 2006. The tournament is mainly played on outdoor hard courts.
Other tournaments in India
Apart from the above mentioned Indian Tennis tournaments, there are also several other Tennis tournaments in India that are organised on a regular basis. Some of these tournaments include the ITF Men's Satellites, (Hard Court), the ITF "Bhavna Swarup Memorial" Women's Circuit Event, (Grass Court), the ITF "BPCL" Women's Circuit Event, (Hard Court), the ITF "ONGC" Junior International, (Clay Court), the ITF "Adidas" Junior International, (Hard Court), the ITF "Sunny Enclave" Junior International, (Hard Court), the AITA "S. B. Saurashtra" Nationals, (Grass Court), the ITF "BSNL" Men's Futures, (Hard Court), the ITF "Microsoft" Men's Futures, (Hard Court), the ITF "MSLTA" Junior International, (Hard Court), the ITF "Poona Club" Women's Circuit Event, (Hard Court), the ITF "NECC" Women's Circuit Event, (Hard Court), the ITF "MSLTA" Women's Circuit Event, (Hard Court), the AITA "DSCL" Hard Court Nationals (u16 Boys/Girls, u14 Boys/Girls), the AITA "DSCL" Hard Court Nationals (Men, Women, u18 Boys/Girls), the ITF Women's Challenger, (Hard Court), the ITF "NRE Coke" Women's Circuit Event, (Hard Court), the ITF "MSLTA" Women's Challenger, Mumbai (Hard Court), the ITF "DHFL" Women's Circuit Event, (Hard Court), the ITF Men's Futures, (Hard Court), the WTA "Indian Open", (Hard Court), the ITF "SAIL" Junior International, (Hard Court), etc.