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Sania Mirza calls for better tennis facilities in India

Press Trust of India
Dec 03, 2012 at 10:29pm IST

Raipur: Indian tennis star Sania Mirza on Monday said that tennis was a "tough" sport for women, pointing out that there was a dearth of coaches and lack of facilities, which discourage Indians from taking up tennis. "Tennis was never a popular sport here. Due to lack of coaches, programmes and infrastructure, people, particularly girls, hardly take up tennis," the 26-year-old player told reporters on the sidelines of Gondwana Cup Tennis Tournament that started here.

Sania also said people should not always expect a win from sportspersons and should learn to take their defeat in a positive way. "Every player cannot win all the tournaments. That doesn't mean one should look at them in a negative way."

Sports academies would help in grooming the young talent to reach to the top place in tennis, she opined. When asked, she said that playing at Wimbledon was her "biggest dream", which she has accomplished. She added that she aspires to win the Wimbeldon doubles and mixed doubles events.

Sania calls for better tennis facilities in India

"Due to lack of coaches, programmes and infrastructure, people, particularly girls, hardly take up tennis."

Replying to queries, she said had she not been a tennis player, she would have become an interior decorator. Sania said she also loves watching cricket. "Cricket is my favourite sports after tennis and I like Sachin Tendulkar," she said.

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