One of India’s top 15 players in both singles and doubles – 23-year-old Sravya Shivani Chilakalapudi is up for re-election for player panels on the ITF World Tennis Tour. We spoke to her about her plans if she is chosen to represent her fellow professional tennis players again.
SSC: In an ideal world, with the right sponsors and proper funding, having more tournaments and better prize money at the lower levels would benefit the sport. Better visibility and more promotion for women’s sports would also definitely help, all of these things are slowly getting better but we have a long way to go before we see any real change but it’s important to keep at it.
Snapshot of achievements of current player panels according to Chilakalapudi
About ITF World Tennis Tour Player Panels
The ITF World Tennis Tour comprises two player panels, one dedicated to women’s tennis led by Mary Pierce and another for men’s tennis chaired by Mark Woodforde. Each panel consists of up to seven playing members and a coach, all elected by their peers. In order to promote diverse representation, a regional limit of two players per region is enforced on both the women’s and men’s tennis panels. Additionally, there are restrictions on the number of players in the top-ranking category on each panel. The women’s tennis panel allows a maximum of three players with WTA rankings between No. 151-300 in singles or doubles, while the men’s tennis panel permits a maximum of two players with ATP rankings between No. 351-500 in singles or doubles.
How To Vote
If you are a ranked player, anticipate receiving an email from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) outlining the necessary steps for casting your vote. Your participation in this crucial process is vital for the selection of representatives who will contribute to the decision-making and governance within the ITF Players Panel. Keep a lookout for the email communication from ITF and follow the instructions provided to ensure your voice is heard in shaping the future of the tennis community.
This interview was conducted via WhatsApp on Thursday, 16 November 2023.
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Abhijeet Dangat is a lawyer and writer who loves playing, watching and discussing tennis. He has lived in India, France and the United Kingdom and has travelled across the world, many times witnessing sports history being made.