Indian tennis needs a proper system in place: Sania Mirza to India Today

first_imgIndian tennis has produced some great players over the years but the frequency at which the players in the country break into the international circuit is something which is a cause for concern.Sania Mirza has been the flag-bearer of women’s tennis in India for over a decade now since turning pro way back in 2003.14 years and six Grand Slam doubles title later, the 31-year-old has nothing else to prove to her critics and now she only hopes that Indian tennis gets a proper system in place so that the country produces more talented players like herself in future. “I wish there was one problem that we could pin-point and fix it (in Indian tennis). It is not so simple as that. There are a lot of things that need to fall intoplace. But the first step is having a system, if I want my child tostart playing Tennis. As individual we can only do so much,” Sania told India Today’s Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar in an exclusive interview. Former India player Vijay Amritraj also weighed in on the issue and expressed concern at the state of tennis in India, especially junior and women’s tennis.”Junior Tennis in this country need to grow and someone like Jaidip doing anevent like this is huge, not only for Tennis in Kolkata or Tennis inwest Bengal also for the entire country. The fact that Sania is heremakes a huge difference for the growth of Tennis, especially for women’s Tennis. I think it is vital to improve sports for women in thiscountry,” he said.  advertisement”We have to be worried for the simple reasonthat we just look at the facts. We won two medals in Rio (Olympics), wehaven’t made the world group in Davis Cup, we haven’t made the worldgroup in Fed cup. We are working towards all of it.”The question is whether we have a system in place to be able to provide that.Someone like Sania in today’s environment is critical for us to be ableto emulate boys and girls. The important thing is we eventually need aproper system in place like Spain does, or Australia does, or UnitedStates does and so and so forth. If we want to compete outside outshores. If we want to play domestically, then it is fine,” he added.Sania has pulled out of next year’s Australian Open due to a right knee injury and the former world No. 1 in women’s doubles revealed the extent of her injury and confirmed that surgery is on the cards now.”I have a bit of knee injury which is kind of serious. I have seen the doctors and we have to see what we have to do in due course. Surgery is probably on the cards,” Sania told India Today.”I will be out for a few months for sure. After 15 years, it is not such a bad thing to be out for a few months. It did wonders for Roger (Federer) when he was out for six months,” she added.She expressed hope that she would be fit in time to take part in the Commonwealth Games (April 4 to 15) and Asian Games (August 18 – September 2) next year.Sania, along with Amritraj, were attending the Premjit Lall Invitational Tennis Tournament at the Jaidip Mukerjea Academy in Kolkata.”Tennis is something that has been growing for the last few years, it is people like Jaidip Mukerjea and Vijay Amritraj that I have emulated, and have reached where ever I have.”We are hoping more people and more kids that are here today be these amazing players who are playing and also by us. Especially Jaidip sir and Vijay sir,” Sania said.last_img