If you are playing tennis and love the sport, and want to try out playing a few tournaments, you can either play local tournaments organized by various academies and clubs (No structure as such, their wish) or you can also start playing All India Tennis Association (AITA) National Level Tournaments (Proper structure and schedule followed).
Question-1: What kind of players should play AITA tournaments?
Answer: A tennis player who wants to experience the awesomeness of travelling around playing matches, meeting new players, winning, loosing, enjoying the sport should play tennis tournaments, the AITA structure being the best to follow. It is not necessary that only those players who want to peruse a career in Tennis should plan playing AITA tournaments (no-one knows about the future anyways). Anyone can, its like exploring another world for a tennis player, filled with lots of new experiences to gain.
Question-2: When should a tennis player start playing AITA tournaments?
Answer: It is advisable that one who knows the sport well, is practicing regularly, has played a few local tournaments should go for AITA tournaments. As per the age, AITA also organizes under-12 and even under-10 category tournaments, so if someone started playing at 8, probably they can play in the under-10 category after getting to know the game. If someone starts playing at 12, they would miss the under-10 and under-12 categories and could start playing under-14.
Having discussed the above two questions, the next one that comes up is:-
How to start playing AITA tournaments?
To play AITA tournaments, you will need an AITA card. (Get registered with All India Tennis Association).
For AITA Registration, you need to send (by post or by hand) the following documents to the below mentioned address:-
AITA Registration Department,
All India Tennis Association,
RK Khanna Tennis Stadium,
New Delhi – 110029
Phone : 26176280/81/83
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
1) Two proofs of Date Of Birth:-
a) Birth Certificate (Copy) – Mandatory
b) School Certificate (Original) / Passport (Copy) / Adhar Card (Copy)
2) 2 Passport Size Photographs
3) AITA Registration form (Find Here)
4) Demand Draft in favour of AITA-ITN, payable at New Delhi
a) Over 10 years Rs 3,371 (validity 2 years)
b) Under 10 years Rs. 2,248 (Validity 3 years)
Before applying for the AITA Card, one should actually check the upcoming tournaments here.
Because if you decide to start playing AITA tournaments, which tournament to start from needs to be selected. Here is the AITA Tournament Structure as well. You may not like to read the whole of it :p
However, the thing to understand is that, a first timer will have to start with Talent Series (TS) tournaments [you will see TS, CS, SS, etc in the tournament calender and structure] which are lowest level/entry level National Tournaments, and probably to start with, look for tournament in your city or somewhere near.
Once decided the tournament that suits you want to play, then apply for AITA card, else the card will be valid for 2-3 years, but if you don’t play a tournament for the first 6 months (because of reasons like, no tournament in your city during that time, etc) then it will be a waste of an AITA card and the money it came from.
Just be sure to have the receipt of the your AITA card application a couple of days before the tournament starts. You can get the receipt via email if you post or by hand if you go to submit the documents yourself. Each tournament has Qualifying and Main Draw rounds. The first timers start from playing qualifying. For every AITA tournament qualifying rounds are played on Saturday and Sunday while the sign-in for the same at the venue happens on Friday where in the player has to show his AITA Card or receipt if the card is in process.
Wish the post is helpful, please feel free to leave comments for doubts or anything 🙂