The metropolis’s largest tennis occasion is again after a break. The sport’s icon Vijay Amritraj on what this implies to Tamil Nadu

The metropolis’s largest tennis occasion is again after a break. The sport’s icon Vijay Amritraj on what this implies to Tamil Nadu

The wait is lastly over for the town’s tennis followers. The Chennai Open is again, with worldwide ladies tennis gamers right here to compete on the occasion.

Even for the reason that fashionable males’s event moved to Pune from Chennai in 2018, the town’s tennis-crazy tribe has missed watching reside video games. Ever for the reason that new State Government took over, it had been urged that they had been ‘very eager’ on bringing tennis again to the town.

And, they’ve. “It is certainly a miracle,” says Chennai’s tennis icon and Tamil Nadu Tennis Association president Vijay Amritraj, talking from one of many rooms within the Nungambakkam tennis stadium, explaining how how the stadium, which has confronted years of neglect, was rotated in a matter of weeks making the event attainable. Amritraj says, “Without the State Government’s insistence and assist, truthfully, it might have been virtually not possible to do it.

TNTA president Vijay Amritraj conducting the main draw player ceremony for singles at the WTA Chennai Open at SDAT Tennis Stadium in Nungambakkam

TNTA president Vijay Amritraj conducting the primary draw participant ceremony for singles on the WTA Chennai Open at SDAT Tennis Stadium in Nungambakkam
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The TNTA president hosted gamers, representatives from the State Government and the who’s who of Chennai at a launch get together final Saturday at which noticed gamers, together with the highly-rated Eugiene Bouchard stroll the ramp in a conventional saree.

While one hopes that the WTA 250 event will create a surge in curiosity in tennis within the metropolis and State, Amritraj says that aspiring gamers can study invaluable classes from skilled athletes who’re pushing themselves on their method to the highest.

“The concept of getting these occasions is to ensure that you’ll be able to see how these women practice, what they do for heat up and afterwards, their consuming and observe habits. But, over and above that, it’s a query of the way you set your self up in direction of getting there,” he says.

“They have been right here a few days earlier than the event, and all by way of the day, they had been practising. In my welcome letter to them, I mentioned, strive to not play an excessive amount of between 11 am and a pair of pm. But they had been all on the market enjoying,” he says, including: “We need younger women to return and watch these matches… to energise themselves. And then the dedication has to return from the athlete. We shouldn’t all the time contemplate giving wildcards to Indian gamers; they need to be ok to play on their very own,” he says.


Amritraj believes that Tamil Nadu’s standing as a international funding vacation spot might be enhanced by way of sports activities occasions such because the recently-held Chess Olympiad. “I would like names from Chennai, Tamil Nadu and India to be seen worldwide on tv. We are in additional than 100 nations at this level and that’s spectacular for us and our sponsors. We also needs to discuss what we now have in Chennai (and Tamil Nadu) — the unimaginable seashores, temples, church buildings and mosques — as a place to go to and expertise the meals and tradition,” he says, including: “Thirdly, what sort of enterprise can we assist? If you’re looking at (bringing) extra funding within the State, you can’t do it higher than by way of sports activities. All these women, once they depart, they’re our ambassadors who will discuss extremely about our metropolis and State,” he says.

Acknowledging that, because the president of Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, there’s a lot of labor that must be completed, Amritraj says “There is a lot we must always do, and might do. At the identical time, we’d like gamers who’re as dedicated as we’re. But, one factor we’re not going to do is let the stadium get rundown once more. We’re going to make use of it such that all the things continues to work. It will look as lovely as it’s three months later as a result of a lot of labor has gone into this.”

Eugiene Bouchard walks the ramp in a traditional saree.

Eugiene Bouchard walks the ramp in a conventional saree.
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