BHUBANESWAR, FEB 1, 2023
In a significant development towards the promotion of lawn tennis and grooming future tennis stars in Odisha, a tennis academy was inaugurated at the KIIT Deemed-to-be-University here on Wednesday. The academy has been set up in partnership with former German tennis sensation and grand slam winner Alexander Waske and Altevol Tennis Academy.
The KIIT-Alexander Waske-Altevol Tennis Academy was inaugurated by the Odisha Minister for Sports & Youth Services Tusharkanti Behera and KIIT & KISS Founder Achyuta Samanta in the presence of State Sports & Youth Services Department Secretary R Vineel Krishna, renowned tennis coach Alexander Waske, Altevol Sports Academy Ahmedabad Founder Chirag Patel and others.
Samanta also expressed his gratitude to Waske who is considered one of the best tennis coaches in the world. Samanta said that he was touched by Waske who could see the potential of KIIT and KISS students staying thousands of miles away in Germany
At a press conference here today, Waske said, “There are many talented budding tennis players in Odisha and other states. However, this venture will help a lot in creating more players to reach to Grand Slam level as it will help boys and girls with genuine interest in lawn tennis, especially from Odisha, with less cost.”
“This academy will also train boys and girls from outside, other than KIIT and KISS. As there are many students studying at KIIT University from over 65 nations, it will help groom talented students during the first phase,” said KIIT-KISS Director General Sports Gaganendu Dash.
“There will be 15 coaches of International level, physio, and trainers. From time to time Waske will come to Odisha to directly train the students and also through virtual mode,” said Dash, adding that in the coming days there would be more and more tennis stars from KISS and KIIT.
This new institute will build a bridge between KIIT University, Altevol Ahmedabad and Alexander Waske Tennis University in Germany in order to help tennis talents do well in national and international tournaments from Odisha.