(Last Updated on : 11-01-2014)
The Bhupathi Tennis Academy (BTA) is one of the most popular and premier Tennis academies in India. The academy was established by the famous father-son duo of CGK Bhupathi and Mahesh Bhupathi in the year 1995 and it is situated in the state of Karnataka. The former Chief Minister of Karnataka and also an avid Tennis lover, Mr. S. M. Krishna is the Chief Patron of this academy. The academy offers a large number of training facilities to the young and budding Indian Tennis players and it houses 3 Plexi Cushion Courts and 3 Clay Courts.
Apart from the courts, the other noteworthy facilities that the Bhupathi Tennis Academy (BTA) offers include dormitories for the trainees and also a tennis specific diet. The academy provides the members with aerobics, yoga, speed and power training and in addition, the trainees can also make use of the jogging track and sprint track. The academy has associations with a number of schools also. Apart from Tennis, the Bhupathi Tennis academy also provides the trainees with facilities to enjoy other sports like Table Tennis, Snooker, Pool and other indoor games like Chess, Darts, Carom and Bridge.
The Bhupathi Tennis Academy (BTA) has so far produced a large number of eminent players, who have served Indian Tennis to a large extent. The famous Indian Tennis players like Mahesh Bhupathi, Rohan Bopanna, Sania Mirza, etc have also been benefited from this academy from time to time. Apart from them, some of the legendary Tennis players of the world like Bjorn Borg, Guillermo Vilas, Pat Cash, Henri Laconte, Vijay Amritraj, Ross Case, Leander Paes, Anand Amritraj, Mansour Bahrami, etc have also visited the academy in different occasions.
The training procedure of the Bhupathi Tennis Academy (BTA) includes 4-5 hours of Tennis along with physical training provided by a qualified trainer. The trainees are required to take part in drills, tie-break practices, service and return practices among others. Apart from providing training facilities for the young and talented players, the Bhupathi Tennis Academy (BTA) also organise various Tennis tournaments. One such tournament is the Nike Junior Tour National Masters. The Board of Advisors of the academy include the prominent personalities like Mr. Dayanand Pai (Patron), Mr. Sanjay Mehra, Mr. Pavan Kapoor, Mr. Mohan Kharbanda, Mr. Hemu Javeri; Mr. Prakash Padukone, Mr. Milind Nulkar, Mr. V. Sukumar and Mr. Dinesh Reddy.