Mumbai, Feb 8 (IANS) Four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist and former British No.1 Tim Henman will host coaching clinics, workshops and a parent session here in an action-packed week of events designed to boost the development of junior tennis in India.
The Road to Wimbledon programme, which is a tournament for Under-14 players, is a joint initiative by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) and the All India Tennis Association (AITA) who have reaffirmed their commitment to tennis in India by extending the event to Indore and Hyderabad for 2016.
The top 16 boys and girls from across the four qualifying events are invited to the Road to Wimbledon Junior Masters, to be held in April on grass courts in Kolkata with two boys and girls finalists being invited to compete in the National Finals at Wimbledon in August.
“It was great to see that both the boys’ and girls’ outright winners of the 2015 Road to Wimbledon were from India and it clearly demonstrates the huge wealth of untapped potential here,” former World No.4 Henman said.
“I’ve been coming to India for more than 20 years and as a player I enjoyed a lot of success here so it has a special place in my heart. Now that I’ve retired, it’s fantastic to be able to give something back to this wonderful country. I can’t wait to to see the next generation of Indian tennis players in action.”