Tamil Nadu Tennis Association
With the growing popularity and appeal of Tennis, associations were being messaged all over the world for the orderly development of the game. In the year 1920, at Lahore, the All India Tennis Association came into being. Six years later, in 1926, the Madras Provincial Lawn Tennis Association was inaugurated, with Hon. Justice E.E. Mack as its first President. The Madras Cricket Club, Madras United Club, and the South Indian Athletic Association were the first amongst the clubs to get affiliated to the Association. The other prominent clubs that played a key role in the development of tennis were Madras Gymkhana Club, Mylapore Club, Cosmopolitan Club, and Clubs in Ooty, Trichy, Madurai and Coimbatore. These Clubs, apart from providing tennis facilities to their members, regularly conducted tournaments that attracted large enthusiastic crowds.
In the 1940’s, The Madras Corporation made available public courts in the celebrated Egmore Stadium, where all-important tournaments were conducted and regular coaching was also imparted to young players. Madras played a key role in tennis nationally by staging important Davis Cup matches, national level tournaments such as National Hard Court Championships and National Junior Championships, and ITF Satellite and Challenger events. Several international players participated in these tournaments, amongst who were many Wimbledon Champions such as Frank Sedgeman, Jaroslav Drobny, John Newcombe, Neale Fraser, Roy Emerson, Alex Olmedo, and Tony Trabert. In the 1930s, all-time greats like Bill Tilden and Henri Cochet played exhibition matches in Chennai.
Apart from international players, our own R.Krishnan and other top ranked Indian players regularly participated in Chennai tournaments till 1968, when the era of amateur tennis ended, and the era of professional tennis began.
- Running tennis coaching schools.
- Conducting and administering tournaments at regional, national and international levels.
- Coordinating with All India Tennis Association (AITA), Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) and other bodies.
- Coordinating with International Marketing Group (IMG) to conduct the ATP Event.
- Conducting coaching camps for State level players.
- Presenting annual awards to potentially talented players in various age groups at its Annual Day function.
- Conducting clinics and examinations for umpires and officials.
- Conducting free coaching for corporation school children in association with SDAT.
The Government of Tamil Nadu constructed a world-class tennis stadium for the conduct of the South Asian Federation (SAF) games in 1995. This stadium is now called the SDAT Tennis Stadium and is located at Lake Area in Nungambakkam, Chennai. Impressed by the international facilities at the stadium the organizers, International Marketing Group (IMG) moved South Asia’s only ATP event to Chennai in 1997. This made it possible for the Chennai tennis loving crowd to witness in action international greats like Boris Becker, Patrick Rafter, Richard Krajicek, the “Woodies”, Carlos Moya, and Rafael Nadal.