Bangalore to host Super Slam Men's, Women's events

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Bangalore, Feb 25 (UNI) Bangalore will host country's first-ever Super Slam-A combined men's and women's Tennis tournament during 2011-12 with a prize money of more than five million Dollars.

Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA), Karnataka Department of Youth Services and Sports Authority of Karnataka have joined hands to make this dream become a reality.

In their attempt to popularise and promote the game, they would build a world class tennis stadium at a cost of Rs 200 crore to host the mega event.

Department of Youth Services Commissioner Amar Kumar Pande, who is also Sports Authority of Karnataka Director General, today said the government was happy to support and partner with KSLTA to realise the dream of hosting a Super Slam Tennis tournament in Bangalore.

''It is important that we as a country should aspire and create platform for our sportspersons and athletes to compete and excel on world stage,'' he said.

KSLTA Secretary Sunder Raju said the cooperation of the government organisation would certainly boost the attempt to popularise tennis in the state.

''We are extremely pleased with the support we are getting from the state government. Our aim is to produce top tennis players in the country and this partnership is a step towards making this a reality,'' he said.

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