AITA Plans Domestic Circuit to help players financially

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As the tennis season is halted since early March due to coronavirus pandemic. India plans to launch a domestic tennis circuit from July to support its players financial struggles with the help of government, the country’s tennis body said on Saturday.

“The tennis season was halted in early March, due to deadly virus. India has been currently under lockdown till May 3 and it was assume that travel restrictions would be lifted in the next two months,” said AITA.

“This circuit will be aimed at benefiting our tennis players across the country since the pandemic has adversely affected their livelihood as well as their overall training and preparedness,” AITA said in a statement.

“It shall have the objective of helping them be sharp, fit, competitive and match ready without any major financial burden.”

While the professional and ITF circuits remain closed and it will approach companies to contribute to the fund that will be used to create tournaments for Indian players.

“AITA proposes to start tournaments for all age groups,” the governing body said. “These will initially (in July and August) be restricted to state level tournaments keeping in mind the need for restricting travel.

“It shall subsequently graduate into zonal and national tournaments in September, October and November once the travel restrictions and social distancing norms are further eased.”

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