first_imgRenowned coach Tony Roche will hold a coaching clinic for the national players in Kolkata from December 1-8. The Australian has coached the likes of Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Patrick Rafter.The clinic will be held at former Davis Cupper Jaidip Mukerjea’s academy in Kolkata.Several top Indian players like Leander Paes and Somdev Devvarman have already got their dates booked to attend the camp.Mukerjea will bear all the expenses of Roche’s stay in India although he is looking for sponsors for the event. “He (Roche) is a dear friend and I had been telling him to come to India for quite some time. He has agreed now.Somdev had a small interaction with him and he was very keen to have a session with him,” Mukerjea told Mail Today.Roche had come to India in 1993 and held camp at the DLTA in the Capital.Except for Rohan Bopanna and Sania Mirza, who will be participating in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) during that time, all other Indian players will be available.”Besides Somdev, Leander will also be coming. Yuki (Bhambri) will be there. Others like Vishnu Vardhan, Saketh Myneni, Divij Sharan and Sanam Singh will be there too. My academy will bear all the expenses but we are looking for sponsors,” added Mukerjea.”I got the confirmation from Roche yesterday (Sunday) morning and I will speak to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) in the next few days. I will approach the government and may be it can chip in with some help,” said Mukerjea who was here to watch India’s World Group Davis Cup play-off against Serbia.advertisementDavis Cup coach Zeeshan Ali is from Kolkata and he is expected to be present during the coaching camp. Mukerjea will also speak to captain Anand Amritraj and invite him to join the camp. “I will surely invite him. The problem is that everyone will have to spend from their own pockets. Besides, Anand will have to be free at that time,” said.Former player Roche has mentored many top players. Besides his French Open title, he has 12 men’s doubles Grand Slam titles to his name.last_img

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