With an aim to give back something to the sport that brought her fame and wealth, Sania Mirza is now all set to start her own tennis academy in Hyderabad, where youngsters will get quality training at an affordable price.

The academy is under construction near the outskirts of the city and is expected to be launched in March next year.

“I have been thinking about it for the past few years now. I always wanted to give something back to the sport and to India in whatever way. Sharing experience and trying to provide players a platform to perform at the highest level is the best way to give something back to the game,” Sania told PTI during an exclusive interview.

“Hopefully, if not in the next five years, may be in 10 years, 12 years, we will have players coming out of that academy,” she added.

The academy is being constructed on a four-acre plot of land and will have nine hard courts to start with. Gradually, there will be nine more hard courts along with three clay courts.

Sania’s father Imran Mirza who is writing a book on the journey of his star daughter informed that they are planning to rope in a few sponsors so that the trainees at the academy find it easy to train.

“We want to make it affordable for them,” he said.

(This article was published on October 13, 2012)
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