Tennis Program at The Sports School

Tennis has always been a top international sport. In India, the game is extremely popular amongst sport enthusiasts of all ages. Nowadays, Tennis has also become a career option for many young sportspeople, thanks to the rise of prominent tennis players like Mahesh Bhupati, Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna.  With such significant prospects at fore, one needs to take the right steps and train under the right guidance to kickstart a promising career in Tennis. 

The Sports School Tennis Academy with Rohan Bopanna brings a refreshing new dimension to tennis coaching in India. We, along with our sporting partner – The Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy, offer an innovative and balanced curriculum that puts equal emphasis on both fitness and sports skills. It consists of well-structured, varied level programs that are mapped on global best practices to give young talent the finest and integrated advanced-level tennis program in India.

Our team of International tennis coaches, along with highly trained Indian counterparts, and globally qualified fitness trainers, oversee each and every step of your journey to success. The tennis program at The Sports School offers well-structured programs at various levels – ranging from a beginner program mapped on global best practices to a High-Performance program that is designed to give young talent the finest, integrated advanced-level tennis program in India.

Specific details of the programs are mentioned below: 

Beginner 

  • Fitness
  • Fun Activities
  • Basic Tennis Skills
  • Mini Tennis Nets & Soft Balls

Intermediate 

  • Dedicated Hours of Tennis
  • Mental Toughness
  • Video Analysis
  • Advanced Training
  • Full court format

Advanced

  • Technique Enhancement
  • Fitness Development
  • Mental Fitness
  • Video Analysis
  • Nutrition Counselling

In order to be the best, one needs to train under the guidance of the best; hence, we have partnered with Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy to provide our students with preparation for the tennis of the future. Rohan Bopanna is one of the most prominent names in Indian Tennis. A global doubles phenomenon, Rohan has ranked as high as No.3 in the world; Olympic, Davis Cup, and Hopman Cup team member for India; and a recognized Champion For Peace are titles that define his illustrious career. Rohan won the 2017 French Open Mixed Doubles title, 16 ATP Tour doubles titles, and has been consistently ranked within the Top 15 in the world.

People over the world play tennis as a great form of exercise and recreation. There are also many levels of professional play in tournaments across the globe, hence with the right training, your child can train to be fit and eventually build a career in this growing sport. At The Sports School Tennis Academy with Rohan Bopanna, we prepare players for the future of tennis, applying innovative training systems combined with the characteristics that are synonymous with successful Tennis players.  

Why Sports Are An Important Part in The Life of A Student?

Sports have always been considered as a vital medium for the overall development of a child. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the interest of people of all ages in different sports. Rise of various tournaments for football, badminton, basketball, etc. has led to a boom of talent in our country, and Indian players have won medals in sports that usually got overshadowed by the dominance of Cricket.

While we often hear about the physical benefits of children playing sports, the positive effects of physical education and sports are not only physical. Children who participate in team sports have more self-confidence, discipline, the skills to be a team player, and believe in accountability than children who tend to skip sports in favor of other activities. 

Involvement in games and other physical exercises can have numerous advantages for Children. Here are some proven benefits of sports that will help your child excel: 

 

 

  • Mental Well-Being: 

 

Children who regularly participate in sports receive significant psychological benefits, including lower rates of anxiety and depression, along with increased well-being and improved body image. Having an outlet like sports helps children to minimize stress and social pressures they have on their mental well-being and happiness.

 

 

  • Physical Fitness: 

 

Since Outdoor Sports are physical activities, they enable children to experience an efficient way of exercising. This significantly strengthens their bodies by enhancing the immune condition and complementing the growth. Sports offer children a change from the monotony of their daily life. It also becomes a useful means of entertainment and physical activity for them. Outdoor sports like Football, Cricket, Tennis, etc., engage both the body and mind of children, while Indoor games like chess, badminton, and table tennis elevate their concentration level.

 

 

  •  Teamwork:

 

To be successful in school and their future careers, children must be able to work as part of a group. Sports develop a sense of teamwork and participation in students that stays with them throughout their lives. Participation in such sports encourages children to showcase their talent and communicate with their team members. It also helps in identifying and polishing their leadership skills, which add more value to their overall personality. 

 

 

  •  Discipline: 

 

Every sport is driven by specific rules that apply to the field. Following the rules requires discipline and respect for the decisions made by more experienced and skilled professionals. Adhering to rules and regulations is the basis for good interaction and cooperation in any sport, and being disciplined is a necessary part of succeeding.

 

 

  • Self Confidence:

 

Participation in sports is known to be beneficial for children’s self-esteem and confidence development. Appreciation from coaches and mentors or establishing an individual identity in the team leads to a massive boost in children’s self-confidence. This self-confidence also translates into other aspects of life, like better performance at academics or future employment.  

 

 

  •  Accountability:

 

Learning about accountability is a significant advantage of participating in sports. When playing team sports, children inevitably learn the need for equal participation to help the team because even if one team member isn’t performing at his/her best, it affects the team as a whole. Sports help children in understanding the importance of taking responsibility for every loss and being accountable for it instead of blaming external forces. 

 

 

  • Leadership: 

 

Being involved in a sport teaches valuable lessons in leadership. Participants learn to make decisions by observing and interpreting information quickly. Instilling leadership qualities allows the mentality of both overcoming and learning from the adversity they face while striving for their goals. It helps children in developing the skills and behavior necessary to succeed in life. 

 

 

  • Careers & Passion:

 

Sports in no shape or form can be considered an extracurricular activity in this day and age. It can be a very rewarding career for young enthusiasts, as the field is gaining importance as a viable career choice. Children can choose between participation in the sports industry, both on-field and off-field. On-field career refers to becoming a professional player or a coach, and off-field career refers to sports management, sports medicine, sports journalism, adventure sports, fitness and health clinics, etc. which are now regarded as viable and highly respected career options.

At The Sports School, Bangalore, we recognize the critical role that sports play in helping our students become elite professionals. Our various sports programs in Tennis, Football, Basketball, Cricket & Badminton are designed on global standards so that our students learn not only from the best but also have fun. We also provide them a roadmap if they want to be a part of the Indian Sports Industry. 

We offer an educational curriculum that, instead of just including sports, has academics built around sports. We encourage our students, from Grade 1 to Post Graduation, to balance their pursuit for both sporting and academic excellence. No matter what career path they end up on, values instilled by sports in their lives will help them in performing at the best of their capabilities.

Tennis In India: From Past to Present

Over the past few decades, the sports sector in India has gone through a massive transition by evolving from being a country predominantly dedicated to following Cricket to becoming a multi-sport country. Sports like Football, Badminton, Basketball, etc. are changing the face of the Indian Sports Industry and have gained sizable interest from the people and young sportspeople alike. Among these, Tennis is a sport that has carved its niche and is thriving in all respects.

Origins of Tennis in India date back to the time of British colonialism. Tennis had been a popular sport in England since the late 1800s, and the British Army and Civilian Officers brought the game to India. Although it was initially limited to the elite class of the time, Tennis started gaining popularity due to the emergence of Punjab Lawn tennis Championship, Bengal Lawn Tennis Championship, All India Tennis Championships, etc. In their early days, these tournaments were majorly won by Britishers; however, later, Indians started playing the game and brought their nuances to the game with even more significant distinction. After independence, Tennis in India gained traction with players like Ramanathan Krishnan and Premjit Lal.

In 1920, the All India Tennis Association (AITA), the governing body of Tennis in India, was established and affiliated by the International Tennis Federation and Asian Tennis Federation. The All India Tennis Association operates all of the Indian national representative tennis sides, including the India Davis Cup team, the India Fed Cup team, etc. It is solely responsible for organizing and hosting tennis tournaments within India and scheduling the international home fixtures.

According to the All India Tennis Association, in Davis Cup ties between 1921 and 1929, India won against several countries like France, Spain, Greece, Belgium, Romania, and Holland. Some of the top Indian players like Saleem, Fayzee brothers, Cotah Ramaswamy and Krishna Prasad, won against a large number of ranked European players and teams. However, it was during the 1960s when Tennis in India experienced the golden era.

Ramanathan Krishnan, a record six-time All India Championships winner, earned his highest seeding i.e., No. 4 in Wimbledon in 1962. Also, in the Davis Cup, India continually became the Zonal Champions. Ramanathan Krishnan, along with Premjit Lal, SP Misra, Jaidip, and RK Khanna, led India to the Cup finals in 1966. They eventually lost the Cup but not before Krishnan and J Mukerjea beat Newcombe and Tony Roche, the Wimbledon champions, (1965) in doubles. Such Accomplishments motivated and ushered the next generation of athletes towards contributing to the sport of Tennis.

After Ramanathan Krishnan retired from the sport in 1968, Vijay Amritraj, who was then 17 years old, emerged as one of the most prominent players in Indian Tennis. With teammates Sashi Menon, Jasjit Singh, and elder brother Anand Amritraj, he led India to World Cup Finals for the second time in 1974. He also made it to the quarterfinals of US Open in 1973 and 1981; and Wimbledon in 1973 and 1974. Vijay Amritraj also defeated three-time Wimbledon winner John McEnroe at the Cincinnati Masters in 1984, while giving tough fights to the likes of Rod Laver and Bjorn Borg at Wimbledon. Alongside, Ramesh Krishnan, the son of Ramanathan Krishnan, won the junior Wimbledon championship and junior French Open title in 1979. He was ranked number 1 junior in the world and made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon (1986) and US Open (twice). 

The 1990s was when Indian Tennis underwent a phase of evolution with the rise of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati. Leander Paes won the bronze medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and Mahesh Bhupati became India’s first-ever grand slam winner when he won the mixed doubles at French Open in 1997. Both partnered with each other and reached the finals of all four grand slams in 1999, winning two. In the 2000s and 2010s, playing either separately or together, Paes and Bhupati won several grand slam doubles and mixed doubles tournaments. They enjoyed a phenomenal 24-match unbeaten run in Davis Cup ties between 1995-2010. They also participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where they lost to eventual gold medallists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.

During the 2000s, Sania Mirza became the first Indian to win a WTA tournament. She also gained popularity with notable performances in the International Tennis Federation’s junior circuit. She won Wimbledon as well as the US Open in 2015, partnering with Swiss star Martina Hingis in the women’s doubles category. Another prominent name in the current leading Indian Tennis players is Rohan Bopanna. He has ranked as No.3 in the world and been an Olympic, Davis Cup, and Hopman Cup team member. Rohan won the 2017 French Open Mixed Doubles title, 16 ATP Tour doubles titles, and has been consistently ranked within the Top 15. He also achieved Grand Slam success in 2017 as a mixed doubles player. 

Keeping the past and present credibility of Tennis at the helm in the Indian Sports Industry, The Sports School, in association with Rohan Bopanna Tennis Academy (RBTA), strives to bring a new dimension to tennis coaching in India. Our State-of-the-art infrastructure including 1 Centre Court, 6 Synthetic Courts, 2 Practice Clay Courts (planned), and 7 ITF Classified Acrylic Cushioned Tennis Courts with floodlights are designed to provide our students with the best possible training conditions. Expert mentors and coaches ensure that our students understand every nuance of the game. 

Tennis in India has a very high following, especially in urban areas. The media’s availability and coverage of various National and International Tennis matches and tournaments over digital platforms and coverage have increased manifolds because of the massive demand for curiosity among the people around it. Tennis players are getting a global stage to showcase their talent, and viewers are getting the opportunity to get more involved in their favourite sports.