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The history of Indian tennis begins in the late nineteenth century, soon
after it was established as a competitive sport in England. The sport
quickly caught the imagination of the colonised just as much as it had
of the colonisers. In those early years, Mohammed Sleem, the Fyzee
brothers, S.M. Jacob and Ghaus Mohammed (whose genius was sadly
curtailed by the Second World War) were the heroes tennis needed,
claiming it for India.
After Independence, a new set of players set the courts ablaze: Dilip
Bose, Sumant Misra, Naresh Kumar and the dazzling Ramanathan
Krishnan, who remains one of India’s biggest icons. In the 1970s and
’80s, Vijay Amritraj and Ramesh Krishnan established India as a regular
on the international stage, until finally in the mid-1990s, Leander Paes
and Mahesh Bhupathi earned the country its first Grand Slam titles.
Today, tennis is deeply entrenched in India, with players like Rohan
Bopanna and Sania Mirza—the superstar who transformed women’s
tennis in her country—being huge sporting icons and much sought
after for endorsements.
Advantage India is a deeply researched and engaging account of the
exhilarating journey of Indian tennis, with a special section on the
Doubles game and on women’s tennis in India. A must-have for every
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