Chief Minister Dr. Raman Singh said that Tennis Academy will be established in the State soon. Synthetic tennis courts are being established in all the district head-quarter towns to bring out the latent talent among the players of the State. Tennis courts had been started in most of the places also. He assured the tennis fraternity all co-operation from the authorities. He was inaugurating the Gondwana All-India Tennis Tournament at V.I.P. Club in the capital. Chhattisgarh State Tennis Association in co-operation with Sports and Youth Welfare Department is hosting the tournament from 27 November to 2 December.
Former Governor Mr. Shekhar Dutt and famous tennis player Yuki Bhambri were special guests on the occasion. Dr. Raman Singh presented a memento and a cheque of Rs One lakh to Bhambri. Chief Minister said that the Gondwana tourney is a prestigious national tournament. The State is now throwing up talented tennis players because the State Government had started the Cup eight years ago. He mentioned Mr. Shekhar Dutt in re-launching the Gondwana tennis cup. Dr. Raman Singh said that all the well-known players have participated in the tourney.
Chief Minister said that the presence of famous Bhambri at the tournament will encourage the local players to perform better. He wished well for all the players present at the tournament.
Former Governor Mr. Shekhar Dutt said that Gondwana All-India Tennis Tournament is counted among the top tournaments in the entire country. This is the oldest tournament of the State which was re-launched in the year 2011 with the active encouragement of Dr. Raman Singh. He appreciated that Chhattisgarh will be hosting National Games soon which will raise the standards of facilities in the State. Chhattisgarh State Tennis Association President Mr. Vikram Sisodia welcomed the gathering. He said that the tournament had been started way back in 1937. The tourney was discontinued due to some reasons. It was re-started in 1986 and then stopped. It was re-launched in the year 2011. The prize money is Rs 10 lakh. International Tennis Federation recognizes the prestigious tournament.
He revealed that Inter-State National Tennis Tournament will be held in February at Bhilai. I.T.F. Junior tennis Tournament will be held in March at Bhilai. He said Yuki Bhambri is No.1 player in the country and ranked 120th in the global ratings. Large number of senior officers and tennis players were also present.