New Delhi: Mahesh Bhupathi’s Globosport Infrastructure and Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd on 11 July signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up tennis academies in 16 townships developed by API across the country.
Called Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academies (MBTA), the facilities would be part of the clubs developed by API in its townships. Each club would cost between Rs5-7 crore.
Bhupathi said the initiative was to popularize tennis throughout the country.
“Tennis is growing as a game. We want to take it to various parts of the country. There is a lot of talent and this effort is to tap that,” he said.
When asked if efforts by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) were not good enough to produce more players, Bhupathi clarified that the federation was playing its role well and his was a personal initiative.
Bhupathi said one of the main features of his academies would be the presence of professional trainers.