Speaking exclusively to CityCast, the ace tennis player said that encouraging more women coaches besides players will also make a big difference.
Bangalore: Grand slam champion Rohan Bopanna said on Tuesday there’s a need to have more participation not only from women athletes but also in the coaching staff.
“It’s for the parents to understand that it (lawn tennis) is a beautiful sport played not only by men but also women. We are not only looking to promote women players in academies but also women coaches because that makes a big difference,” said Bopanna, in an exclusive interview with CityCast
He said this while inaugurating the World Tennis Tour organised by Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Federation and International Tennis Federation in the city today.
The women’s tournament saw a total of around 60 players participating from across the globe. Organizers say they are optimistic about larger footfalls in the future.
“Last year we didn’t have anything because of COVID. Now that we are back (after two lockdowns), it is looking promising. We have back to back events lined up across the country in different cities including Indore, Pune and Bangalore,” said Abhishek Mukherjee, Supervisor of the International Tennis Federation.
Women athletes have reaffirmed that the sport can be pursued regardless of gender and the challenges they face.
“We have a lot of dreams. But then there are a lot of people who discourage us compared to the ones who motivate us. I think we should just follow our heart,” said Mihika, an All-India Rank 10 player.