Tanisha Kashyap, 14, is one of four Indian players who will take part in the tournament at Wimbledon in August

Promising young British tennis players will compete at Wimbledon this August in the UK’s largest junior grass court tournament, which is organised in partnership with HSBC. For the third year running, a quartet of rising tennis stars from India will join them.

The Road to Wimbledon programme encourages boys and girls of all standards to enjoy competitive tennis. Since the partnership with HSBC began in 2008, about 150,000 children have taken part.

Giles Morgan, Global Head of Sponsorship and Events, HSBC, said: “We are incredibly proud to be a long-term supporter of Wimbledon, one of the most iconic sporting events on the planet. However, underpinning all of our international flagship events is an emphasis on the future and an ambition to create a positive legacy by investing in youth development and grassroots programmes.”

The impact of the young Indian players has been nothing short of sensational

Wimbledon in numbers

HSBC became Official Banking Partner to Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament, in 2008.

  • More than 500,000 people attend the tournament in person each year

  • 198 countries receive live broadcast of the event

  • Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam tournament played on a grass court

  • The grass is mown to a height of 8 mm during The Championships

  • 9 tonnes of grass seed is planted each year

  • Spectators eat 28,000 kg of fresh strawberries each year with 7,000 litres of fresh cream

The Road to Wimbledon programme originated in the UK. The champions of county and regional under-14 contests in England, Scotland and Wales win the opportunity to play in the finals at Wimbledon. Last year, 144 young players competed for titles in the Road to Wimbledon National Finals held on site at Wimbledon.

Since 2014, young Indian players have also had the opportunity to participate, reflecting close ties between the countries’ tennis authorities. Their impact has been swift – in 2015 the overall winners of both the girls’ and boys’ Road to Wimbledon tournaments were from India.

Road to Wimbledon preliminary tournaments took place in four Indian cities in early 2016, followed by a national final in Kolkata in April. The programme flies the four most successful players – two girls and two boys – to London this August. Alongside the Indian tournaments, HSBC supported school visits, coaching sessions and workshops to inspire and encourage the next generation of players.

Mr Morgan said: “The impact of the young Indian players has been nothing short of sensational. It bodes well for the future of Indian tennis and we look forward to watching the latest chapter in a remarkable success story unfold.”

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