Boy! Did the children enjoy the summer holidays! Notwithstanding the soaring temperatures, they were all out there on the courts playing to their hearts’ content. The coaches and markers spiritedly put up with the demanding schedule. Hats off to them!

The summer holidays started off with an intensive camp for the intermediate trainees conducted by Mr Hiten Joshi, Director, Tamil Nadu Tennis Association. Nearly 25 of our trainees participated. Simultaneously, the annual yoga camp was conducted by Ms Radha Sridhar of Yogarakshanam. The holidays concluded with another special camp by Mr Ilyas Husain, noted tennis coach and ex-Director, TTT. And the ever-dependable Riaz had his physical training programme right through the holidays.
Mr E C P Prabhakar passes away:

Mr ECP Prabhakar, I.A.S. (retd.), Founder Trustee of TTT, passed away on 30th March, 2008. Mr Prabhakar, along with Late Dr NC Krishnan, was instrumental in the setting up of TTT way back in 1982. Mr Prabhakar was then the Chairman of the Board of YMCA College of Physical Education, Nandanam, Chennai.

Born on 1st March, 1923, Edward or ECP, as he was fondly referred to, joined the Tamil Nadu Civil Service in 1948. He held various important posts during his distinguished career. Amongst others, he served as Collector of Ramnad and Madurai districts, Director of Agriculture and as the Revenue and Education Secretary. He established the Department of Sports and Youth Services in early 1980. Mr Prabhakar served under five Chief Ministers.
He was an avid sportsman and captained the TN Civil Services tennis team for six years. He played Cricket (Ranji Trophy) and Hockey for Madras State, and he was a good golfer. His vision for TTT was that we should impart tennis training of international standards, but at the same time inculcate amongst the children the important social qualities of discipline and sportsmanship. TTT salutes this noble soul. Mr Prabhakar is survived by his three children and his younger brother, Mr Eric Prabhakar, a former Olympian.
Profile – Alagesan

Alagesan, 40, is Assistant Coach at TTT. His service dates back to 1983, when he started as a ball boy. In a short period, he was promoted as Marker, and now trains students of all age groups. Though a strict disciplinarian and a hard taskmaster, he had endeared himself to parents and trainees alike.

Alagesan believes that physical fitness is important and therefore stresses on regular exercise and hard work. “Children should bring spare clothes to change after practice and dry their hair fully to avoid catching a cold,” he insists.

Understanding the paramount importance of education, Alagesan has been giving his best to his son and daughter. His son, who is in the 11th standard, has opted for Computer Science and his daughter is in the 6th standard.

The newsletter is fantastic. Really great to know that Neelakandan and his family are doing well. Please wish him and all his colleagues in TTT all the very best from me and hope I can visit TTT on my next trip to Chennai – Mr. Vasudevan Srinivasan (Former Indian Davis Cup Player)

The "Passing Shot" is quite an ace! Congrats to you and the TTT team- Mr Shreen Raghavan, Management Consultant, Chennai

We just went through your news letter and it’s a wonderful effort to come up with a news letter like this. And being a father of TTT trainee and a good friend of yours, I can proudly claim this is the best tennis facility for the children which teaches not only tennis but also discipline. We appreciate your effort and we will be with you always – Mr Kanagasundaram, Advocate, Chennai.

The TTTITF Juniors will be held from 6th Sept to 13th Sept 2008. This is a Grade 5 ITF tournament and is being conducted under the auspices of AITA and TNTA for the fourth time. The tournament is expected to attract the best talent in the country. In the earlier three editions of the event, we have had participation from countries such as Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, New Zealand and Russia.
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