It is just 14-years-old but has every reason to take pride in what it is going to offer in the New Year.
Indore Tennis Club will host a Davis Cup tie in January-February 2014. The club and the city will be put on international map of sports with this Davis Cup’s Asia/Oceania Group-I tie round between India and Chinese Taipei.
Indore or for that matter Madhya Pradesh has never hosted a Davis Cup event. “This will be an experience for tennis enthusiasts and local players,” says tennis coach I K Mahajan.
The budding players of the city will get to see and experience the quality of game that will be produced by international level players at a hand-shaking distance.
“By securing hosting rights of the event, Indore has not just secured the rights to host the group tie, but we have proved to the country that we are next to none,” said Anil Dhupar, the secretary of Indore Tennis Club (ITC).
“With this we will tell the metropolitan cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Chandigarh that we are in the fray to host big tournaments and that our infrastructure is up to the international mark,” he proclaimed.
The three-day event will see three or five rubbers (each match is denoted as a rubber) played between India and Chinese Taipei in the tie round depending on the result.
First two rubbers are singles, played between best players of two nations on the first day, then a doubles rubber on day two. And if tie does not result is favour of any team, two reverse singles will be played on day three.
Mahajan said, “The players will reach here a couple of days before the tie round starts to get actual feel of the environment, the court, and most importantly the food. And that is the time when our local players will get the chance to interact with them and get tips about the game.”
When a tournament of such a level is organised in the city, local talent gets a real good inspiration and youngsters in the city will be motivated towards the game, says another coach Irfan Khan.
“The students (local players) will be given a chance to become ball-pickers during the matches and can learn many things from those players like their movements in the court, the real enthusiasm of the game and many nuances of the game,” said Khan.
“The tournament will bring a revolutionary change in Indore in the game of tennis. The game is not just about forehand and backhand; but there is a technical, tactical and mental aspect in the game which makes a world class player. Physical endurance, nutrition is the key things for a player to play world class sport, students in the academies here will get to learn those things,” said Mahajan.
When compared to other metropolitan cities in our country, facilities available here are next to none; with only grey area being sponsors for the budding talent. With this tournament, big corporates may look for young talent in Indore and support them in their future endeavours.
“Tennis has very good growth prospects than any other sport and it is not confined to richer sections of the society only. Even a kid belonging to marginal class of the society can excel in the game, he/she has to have that zeal to play the game; financial support is a secondary aspect and is always available for the real talent,” said Dhupar.
So, get ready to witness fluorescent yellow tennis ball travelling at the speed of 125 miles per hour; swift moves and racquet swings of world class tennis players from January 31 to February 2.
Big guns expected
Most probable Indian players expected are Leander Peas, Mahesh Bhupati, Rohan Bopanna, Somdev Devvarman, Yuki Bhambri, Jeevan Neduncherhiyan. In Davis Cup a player does not play for himself but represents his nation. It is a proud moment in one’s career.
Preparations at the club
The ITC has started to give its courts an international transformation already. It is expected that above 3,000 tennis enthusiasts will get the chance to get live experience of the game and that
too at no cost.