By no means had this sort of depth in Indian tennis: Mahesh Bhupathi

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04 Dec 2018, 17:01 IST

New Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) Davis Cup non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi on Tuesday mentioned Indian tennis has an unprecedented depth in its expertise pool and it is headed in the best route.

“The depth now we have right now now we have by no means had. Prajnesh, Yuki, Ram and lots of extra proper behind them are doing properly. India hasn’t had this sort of expertise pool earlier than within the males’s group,” Bhupathi mentioned at a KIA Motors occasion the place 10 younger tennis followers of the nation have been chosen as ball children for the Australian Open in January.

For the primary time India has three males within the top-150 on this planet rankings. Prajnesh Gunneswaran is the best ranked Indian simply outdoors the top-100 at 104, adopted by Ramkumar Ramanathan at 133 and Yuki Bhambri at 137.

“Within the girls’s group, Harman and Ankita have made a pleasant run in in direction of the final a part of the season. The outcomes are very constructive,” Bhupathi added.

Ankita Raina, ranked 213 on this planet, and world quantity 218 Karman Thandi gained two back-to-back titles just lately. They first clinched their profession’s maiden WTA doubles title in Taipei earlier than uniting to win the Pune Open.

Bhupathi additionally mentioned funding from the company sector was required in Indian tennis.

“For any sport, making a tradition in India comes from company assist and now we have seen that with all of the medallist who’ve been supported by an OGQ or a JSW,” he mentioned.

The four-time males’s doubles Grand Slam winner additionally mentioned initiatives just like the one taken by Kia Motors assist in selling a tennis tradition within the nation.

5 children from Delhi and one every from Mumbai, Chandigarh, Haryana, Hyderabad and Lucknow, together with 4 ladies, have been chosen to signify India because the Official Kia Ball Youngsters for the Australian Open 2019.

Bhupathi performed a key function in shortlisting 100 girls and boys throughout the nation, earlier than taking over the mantle of mentoring them.

The initiative, dropped at India for the primary time, witnessed staggering participation, with over 2,000 younger tennis lovers from throughout the nation participating.

The children chosen have been chosen are: Ankit Pillania (St Thomas College, Bahadurgarh), Jennika Jaison (St Joseph College, Mumbai), Sarthak Gandhi (Strawberry Fields Excessive College, Chandigarh), M Varshith Kumar Reddy (St. John’s Excessive College, Hyderabad), Naman Mehta (LA Martiniere Boys, Lucknow).

The primary set of trials have been carried out throughout 4 metros — Bengaluru, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. They have been put via 5 rounds of checks, together with Rolling the Ball, Velocity and Agility check, Spider Drill, Throwing the Ball and Communication expertise

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