India to bid for Fed Cup: Khanna

India to bid for  Fed Cup: Khanna

The All India Tennis Association announced here on Saturday that they would be bidding to host the Fed Cup at Hyderabad in 2015.

While he didn’t mention which phase of the competition India would be bidding for, it gives the fans an opportunity to watch some top women tennis stars.

Making the annoucement following AITA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), president Anil Khanna also mentioned that they have made an amendment in the AITA constitution to facilitate the induction of two players -- current or former, who have played in the Davis Cup, the FedCup or the Olympics -- into the Executive Committee on a two-year basis.

Khanna also said that India would be hosting 11 ITF junior events from this year as against the current nine tournaments. “Pakistan had been wanting to host junior ITF events in their country but the ITF did not grant it because of security purposes. So when they decided to host it in a nuetral country, we decided to step in and there was great co-operation shown by the Pakistan Tennis Federation.”

The AITA announced two new men’s Challengers at Indore and Pune and a women’s Challenger in New Delhi. It would also start a new inter-State competition to help developing States in the country. It was also stated that two under-10 players from Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and the North-East would be taken to New Delhi for free coaching camps.

Khanna, who mentioned the grassroutes programme ‘Road to Wimbledon’ was successful, said AITA would be implementing one programme each with the US Open and the French Open to develop tennis in India. The AGM also recognised the Telangana State Tennis Association (TSTA).

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