Tennis in India

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Tennis in India
Leander Paes at the 2008 Cincinnati Masters.jpg
Country India
Governing body All India Tennis Association
National team [[India national team|India]]

Tennis enjoys a considerable following in India, although it is limited to urban areas but still it is counted among the most popular sports in India.[1] India has produced a number of tennis players, who have achieved international recognition and have made their presence in some of the top tennis tournaments and grand slams.[2] All India Tennis Association (AITA) established in 1920, is the governing body of tennis in India and is a member of Asian Tennis Federation.[3] India Davis Cup team is the most successful team of Asia in Davis Cup, who has finished as runners-up 3 times.[4]

History[edit]

Tennis has been a popular sport in India since around the 1880s when the British Army and Civilian Officers brought the game to India. Soon after regular tournaments like the 'Punjab Lawn tennis Championship' at Lahore (Now in Pakistan) (1885); 'Bengal Lawn Tennis Championship' at Calcutta (now Kolkata) (1887) and the 'All India Tennis Championships' at Allahabad (1910) were organised. In the history of major tournaments, India has already beaten among others France, Romania, Holland, Belgium, Spain and Greece in Davis Cup ties (1921 to 1929).[5][6]

Grand Slam Finals[edit]

In 1997 India won their first Grand Slam title at the French open, in the Mixed Doubles. Since then India have continued to win titles in the Mixed doubles as well as the Men's Doubles.

Mixed Doubles

Outcome Year Championship Surface Players Opponents in the final Score in the final
Winner 1997 French Open Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi
Japan Rika Hiraki
Patrick Galbraith
United States Lisa Raymond
6–4, 6–1
Runner-up 1998 Wimbledon Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi
Croatia Mirjana Lučić
Serena Williams
Belarus Max Mirnyi
4–6, 4–6
Winner 1999 US Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi
Japan Ai Sugiyama
Donald Johnson
United States Kimberly Po
6–4, 6–4
Winner 1999 Wimbledon Grass India Leander Paes
United States Lisa Raymond
Anna Kournikova
Sweden Jonas Björkman
6–4, 3–6, 6–3
Runner-up 2001 US Open Hard India Leander Paes
United States Lisa Raymond
Rennae Stubbs
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 5–7, [11–9]
Winner 2002 Wimbledon Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Daniela Hantuchová
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
6–2, 7–5
Winner 2003 Australian Open Hard India Leander Paes
United States Martina Navrátilová
Eleni Daniilidou
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–4, 7–5
Runner-up 2003 French Open Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi
Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Lisa Raymond
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 4–6
Winner 2003 Wimbledon (2) Grass India Leander Paes
United States Martina Navrátilová
Anastassia Rodionova
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2004 Australian Open Hard India Leander Paes
United States Martina Navrátilová
Elena Bovina
Serbia and Montenegro Nenad Zimonjić
6–1, 7–6
Runner-up 2005 French Open Clay India Leander Paes
United States Martina Navrátilová
Daniela Hantuchová
France Fabrice Santoro
3–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2005 Wimbledon (2) Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi
France Mary Pierce
Paul Hanley
Ukraine Tatiana Perebiynis
6–4, 6–2
Winner 2005 US Open (2) Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi
Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová
Katarina Srebotnik
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–4, 6–2
Winner 2006 Australian Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi
Switzerland Martina Hingis
Elena Likhovtseva
Canada Daniel Nestor
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 2007 US Open Hard India Leander Paes
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
Victoria Azarenka
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–4, 7–6(8–6)
Runner-up 2008 Australian Open Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Sania Mirza
Sun Tiantian
Serbia Nenad Zimonjić
6–7(4–7), 4–6
Winner 2008 US Open Hard India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Liezel Huber
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
7–6, 6–4
Winner 2009 Australian Open (2) Hard India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Sania Mirza
Nathalie Dechy
Israel Andy Ram
6–3, 6–1
Runner-up 2009 Wimbledon Grass India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Anna-Lena Grönefeld
The Bahamas Mark Knowles
7–5, 6–3
Runner-up 2009 US Open Hard India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Carly Gullickson
United States Travis Parrot
6–2, 6–4
Winner 2010 Australian Open (2) Hard India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Ekaterina Makarova
Czech Republic Jaroslav Levinský
7–5, 6–3
Winner 2010 Wimbledon (3) Grass India Leander Paes
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Lisa Raymond
South Africa Wesley Moodie
6–4, 7–6
Runner-up 2011 Wimbledon Grass India Mahesh Bhupathi
Russia Elena Vesnina
Iveta Benešová
Austria Jürgen Melzer
3–6, 2–6
Runner-up 2012 Australian Open Hard India Leander Paes
Russia Elena Vesnina
Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Romania Horia Tecău
3–6, 7–5, [3–10]
Winner 2012 French Open (2) Clay India Mahesh Bhupathi
India Sania Mirza
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik
Mexico Santiago González
7–6(7–3), 6–1
Runner-up 2012 Wimbledon Grass India Leander Paes
Russia Elena Vesnina
Lisa Raymond
United States Mike Bryan
3–6, 7–5, 4–6
Runner-up 2014 Australian Open Hard Romania Horia Tecău
India Sania Mirza
Kristina Mladenovic
Canada Daniel Nestor
3-6, 2-6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robertson, Max (1974). The encyclopedia of tennis. London: Allen and Unwin. p. 392. ISBN 0-04-796042-6. 
  2. ^ "Tennis in India". Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "National Associations and their Offices". Asian Tennis Federation. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Champions". Davis Cup (official website). Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "AITA History". All India Tennis Association. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  6. ^ Tilden, William Tatem and Fletcher, John (2004). The Art of Lawn Tennis. U.S.: Kessinger Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 1-4191-5265-3.