There is none after Sania, says Bhupathi
The multiple Grand Slam champion says Indian women's tennis is a one woman show.india Updated: Jul 15, 2006 17:23 IST
Indian women's tennis is a one woman show and the country is far from producing another genuine world beater, says multiple Grand Slam champion Mahesh Bhupathi.
It might not be entirely unknown that Sania Mirza has been a success despite the system and not out of it, but when the forthright Bhupathi speaks, the message has a ring to it.
"To be honest, there is nobody else. The names we talk about, they don't have what it takes to reach that level," Bhupathi said when asked if his sports management firm Globosport had plans to support players other than Sania and the Uberoi sisters.
The three-time men's doubles Grand Slam winner, who was present for the launch of Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academy's new centre at Palms Town and Country Club in Gurgaon, also did some plain speaking on the status of men's Davis Cup team which barely avoided relegation to Group 2 with a win over Pakistan this year.
"It bothers me a lot but it is not my job to bridge the gap. That is for the (All India Tennis) Association to do," he said.
So, what are the aims of MBTA?
"We offer a structure, which nobody does in India now. There are lot of coaches who have come up but are not teaching the right methods," Bhupathi said.
"We are trying to build champions. We have programmes from the beginners' level through the intermediate to the advanced.
"The aim is not to be no 1 in the age group, but to build the potential to reach the top level."