As the 2nd Grand Slam of the year, "French Open 2017" gets underway from 28th May, many Indian players will try their best to win the prestigious event in doubles as no Indian was able to sneak into singles main draw !!
Meanwhile in an interview given to a media, French Tennis Federation director (development) Samuel Primaut believes that an Indian could win the junior French Open title soon.
Samuel talked about the plan of French Tennis federation to expand the game in India & how this country can help to promote tennis too !
He revealed that the plan is to focus on six countries only i.e. India, China, South Korea, Japan, Brazil and USA. the federation will help the associations in building the infrastructure like building courts & providing good coaching.
He further added, " If I take India as an example, we would like to help in the development of more clay courts and, maybe, also have clinics for both coaches and players. We would now like not to expand to new countries but try to host top players from these countries here in our National Tennis Centre or send some good coach from here for a week or month to train players."
Samuel expressed that the federation wants to add more qualifiers events, maybe 2-3 years down the line. He also said that they are in discussion with Rohan Bopanna & are trying to build a training & development programme with him.
In a question asked to him, What can India do to expand the game? he replied, " If I were given a free hand, I would like to introduce the game to kids so that the sport is picked up early. Maybe have few mini courts and tie up with schools so that the game gets at the grassroots. The second step would be to involve colleges and construct more courts so that the general public has easy access. Then another thing that India needs to do is to identify players and set up a programme for their training and monitor their progress."
"China and India are progressing well. Maybe, in the next few years we might have a player from India winning the junior French Open title."
Well, these programme comes with lots of expectations & a relief too ! No Indian singles player was able to qualify for the main draw shows what we are lacking in Tennis !!
Meanwhile, 17 year old Abhimanyu Vannemreddy was able to achieve him a wild-card for the Boy's-singles event !
Except Rohan Bopanna, Leander Paes & Sania Mirza, India needs a young Blood to take over & at least make a presence in the main draws of these mega events.