All private tennis academies need to register with All India Tennis Association

Vastavam web: With an aim to bring an end to organisational apathy, the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has started the process of bringing all private academies under uniform regulation, which will ensure that only those centres can host age-group tournaments, which are registered with the Federation.The move, accepted by AITA Executive Committee, means that all private academies in the country will have to apply for registration immediately with their respective state Associations because from July 1, 2018, unregistered academies won’t be able to host tournaments.It has been noted that some venues do not have even basic amenities such as drinking water and separate washrooms for boys and girls. There are no basic sitting arrangements for the accompanying parents.

“All this has to stop. We want to create a system that all these academies come under one regulation. We have received a lot of complaints and we want to put an end to this,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told.For matches, the cost of the balls will not be more than Rs 15,000 and they end up saving Rs 35,000. Now count the money if the same organiser hosts about 25 tournaments a year at different places.

Also, the organisers have to provide DA to all players for all tournaments except the AITA Talent series. To save money on DA, they organise short matches like best of nine games or 12 games instead of best of three sets. It enables them to finish matches in 2-3 days and they end up saving a lot of funds.It has also been alleged that academies try to exploit the draw by giving easy matches to their own players.Several Indian tennis stars such as Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, Mahesh Bhupathi, Nandan Bal, Zeeshan Ali and Vishal Uppal run their academies and they will also have to come under aegis of AITA.

Former Davis Cupper Uppal, who runs Van Sports Club in Gurgaon, is of the opinion that it’s a much-needed move.”If implemented well, this can do a lot of good work. It will improve the system and the way things are happening in India,”Uppal told.Any academy with less than five points will be just an AITA recognized academy while academies with 5-10 points will be awarded 1 star rating. Academies with 11-14 points will be awarded a 2 star rating and academies with more than 15 points will be awarded 3 star rating, the highest.

The ratings may be reviewed after a period of 12 months, once a rating has been given, the academy can apply for revised rating only after 12 months of lock-in period. The ratings will be valid for a period of two years from the time they are approved.