Chandigarh: India's ace Davis Cupper Leander Paes will conduct a tennis clinic for Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association trainees at the Sector 10 Tennis Stadiumn here tomorrow at 1445 hrs. He will also play an exhibition match with budding young tennis players from CLTA's Junior Development Programme on the occasion.
According to CLTA president Jai Singh Gill, a centre for tennis excellence is being established by the association at the newly constructed building of the Tennis Stadium complex. The centre has residential facilities for 120 players and coaches. Leander will select a reputed coach from Spain soon, who would impart training at the CLTA for minimum of six months every year. The Indian tennis star will announce the partnership with the CLTA on Tuesday.
Adviser to the Chandigarh Administrator KK Sharma will inaugurate the new complex on April 10.
Besides, Haryana has taken the lead to sponsor 10 children, five boys and girls each. With Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, taking keen interest in tennis promotion, the Haryana Sports Department has created a large data bank of potential players. Rigorous trials were conducted over two days in which players' physical fitness and aptitude were tried and tested. At the end of the marathon selection process, five boys and five girls are being inducted into CHART, the Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis.
According to Mr Gill, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the CLTA and the Haryana Government for the promotion of tennis will also be signed in the presence of the Haryana Chief Minister, All-India Tennis Association (AITA) secretary-general Anil Khanna and Adviser to Chandigarh Administration KK Sharma.