Krishnan Tennis Centre
Krishnan Tennis Centre (KTC) was founded in 1995 by Ramesh Krishnan and his father, Ramanathan Krishnan. It represents continuity in a long and on-going tennis tradition. The Krishnans have been champions for over three generations, from the 1930s until the 1990s. They have seen tennis techniques change and develop over the years. Now, this expertise is being passed on to a new generation of players, eager to learn the game and enjoy it as recreation or to compete. At KTC, commitment to the sport is total. Excellent tennis facilities are complemented by an involved and committed coaching staff With emphasis on physical fitness and all round development, children are encouraged to learn that hard work can be fun.
Gayatri Krishnan holds an advisory role for the tennis program. She has impressive tennis and academic accomplishments to her credit and has been coached by her father, Ramesh Krishnan. The day to day tennis coaching is headed by Coach M. Vasu who has several years of experience in India and abroad.
Ramanathan Krishnan is one of India’s most iconic sportsmen. Among the top 10 players in the world,he rose to as high as No.3 in 1959. Taught by his father, the late Mr. T. K. Ramanathan, he began his trailblazing career by winning the National title in 1953 at the age of 16, and was India’s top ranked player from 1953 to 1968. His semi final showing at the Wimbledon singles in 1960 and 1961 is still the best achievement by an Indian in a grand slam singles event. He was the leading member of the Davis Cup team for many years, taking India to the Davis Cup Finals for the first time in 1966. Later, he was the non playing captain of the Davis Cup team that reached the final in 1974. The Govt of India has honored him with the Arjuna award, Padma Sri and Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of tennis.
Ramesh Krishnan was born into this illustrious tennis playing family. Coached first by his grandfather, and later by his father, he also won the National title at the age of 16 in 1977. Winning the junior titles at the French Open and the Wimbledon Championships in 1979 made him the No. 1 junior in the world for that year. He went on to a successful career as a professional tennis player for a decade and a half, with wins over several of the world’s top players and earned a career-high ranking of 23. He was a quarterfinalist at the Wimbledon and US Open Championships. Ramesh’s best moments on a tennis court came while representing India in Davis Cup, reaching the final in 1987, semi final in 1993 and quarter final in 1985. He also reached the quarter final in the doubles event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Since retiring in 1993, Ramesh started the KTC to nurture promising players. During this time, he served as the non-playing captain of the Indian Davis Cup Team for a few years. The Govt of India has honored him with the Arjuna Award (1981) and the Padma Shri (1998) for services rendered in the field of tennis.
Gayatri Krishnan is the fourth generation to take up tennis competitively. As one of the top juniors in the under 14 category, she has represented India overseas as part of the national team. She was also one of the leading players in the under 18 category, reaching the semifinals of the Junior Nationals. Gayatri also competed in several ITF junior tournaments internationally, achieving a top 350 ranking. She went onto have a successful NCAA undergraduate college tennis career in the USA, graduating with top academic and athletic honors. Since then, Gayatri has completed her Masters, worked in Marketing in two different industries, and is now using her experience to run and develop the program at KTC.