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Krishnan Tennis Centre, a renowned tennis academy situated at Kottivakkam, OMR will have a new tennis programme for this summer, run and managed by Rajiv Naidu and Arun Prakash, leading tennis coaches. Rajiv has been running the Match Point Tennis Academy (MPTA) and Arun Prakash is the moving spirit behind another academy Train, Express, Play, Achieve (TEPA).

Founded in 1995 by Ramanathan Krishnan along with his son Ramesh Krishnan, the Centre is a prominent landmark at Perungudi that represents a long and distinguished tradition of tennis in India. It has trained and produced several national level champions since its inception.

The Centre will continue to nurture such players along with Rajiv and Arun. The duo has illustrious coaching track records with many of their wards having excelled both as junior champions and later graduating to the ranks of professional tennis players.

Prior to becoming a coach, Rajiv Naidu was a top ranking sub-junior and junior level player (ranked nationally as number 2 and number 3 respectively), before proceeding to the United States for undergraduate studies. Arun Prakash maintained his number 1 spot at the junior level, for a full five years and was sponsored to play professional tennis in the United States.

“The Krishnans have been champions for over 3 generations, from the 1930s until the 1990s. While the achievements of the Krishnans in the world of tennis would be hard to replicate, it would be the endeavour of the new tennis programme at Krishnan Tennis Centre to provide aspirants a platform to realise their full potential as tennis players. Both the coaches have distinctive coaching techniques. They believe that the basic skills and individual playing style of a player must be identified and enhanced to bring out the best in each player and give a holistic learning experience,” says the management.

Besides offering intensive tennis coaching during the summer season, the Centre also plans to blend it with an academic programme in the next academic year so that students can hone their tennis skills without sacrificing their scholastic aspirations. The Centre has affiliations with two leading educational institutions and is currently discussing with many other educational institutions in the city.

The Centre has unparalleled infrastructure with eight ‘quick-dry’ clay courts and two synthetic courts. The spacious facility also has a viewing gallery, men’s and women’s changing rooms and ample parking space.

The Centre, apart from coaching, rents its courts and other tennis infrastructure at an hourly rate. Players can come and play with their friends or can request for a hitting partner. The Centre also offers monthly, quarterly, half-yearly, annual subscriptions and corporate memberships. For more details, call 73587 07055 or e-mail to Website

First Aid workshop

Alert, an NGO that spreads awareness about First aid and Emergency response is conducting a free basic first aid workshop on Mar.25 from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. at Alert Simulation lab.

Open to all. At 5/75, Bonanza 1, Blue Beach Road, Neelankarai, ECR. For details contact 96203 87654.

Arise N Shine International Preschool, Neelankarai celebrated its 4th annual day on Mar.10. M.V.Srilakshmi, Head Mistress, Shradha Academy presided over the function. The event saw various performances by the students.

Carnival at Kidzee

Kidzee Thiruvanmiyur conducted a summer carnival at its school campus on Mar.10. Over 120 children from 2 to 8 years took part in various activities such as balancing beam, magnetic fishing and bowling. The activities were designed to enhance gross and fine motor skills and to develop hand-eye coordination in children. Vimala, the centre coordinator conducted a puppet theatre.

The centre is conducting ‘Kidzee Experience Programme’ from Mar.26 to 29. The programme enables parents to inspect the curriculum, infrastructure, and teachings of the school for free of cost. Open for children upto 6 years. For details call 98842 00080 and 98843 00080.