Three city players to vie for the top spot at tennis tourney
Jamshedpur, Dec. 1: The 2nd All India National Ranking Junior Tennis Championship will be held on the clay courts of Beldih Club and United Club from 1st till 7th of December.
The events for the tournament, named “The Beldih Club AITA Championship Series 2018” will be held for the age groups of under 14 and 18 for boys and girls.
The sport made a comeback at Jamshedpur after a gap of almost eight years in 2017 and with the help of Beldih Club the 2nd such event is being held in the city in consecutive years.
The event is being organized under the banner of ‘All India Tennis Association (AITA’) and Jharkhand Tennis Association (JTA) from December 1-7.
Rishi Wilson from AITA, said, “The qualifying rounds have started today (December 1) and will continue till December 2, at both the venues. The main draw will begin from December 3. Participants from 11 states including Maharashtra, Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Jharkhand will vie for top honours.”
Three players from Jamshedpur including eight from Jharkhand will participate in the tournament.
Harsh Verma, Anshuman Panda and Rishi Raj Kundu from Jamshedpur along with Aditi Pradhan, Swati Verma, Aditya Kumar, Sahil Amin and Nabil Ashraf from Ranchi will try and prove their mettle at the national ranking tournament.
Arunava Majumdar, 13, from West Bengal who was in the top 3 in the country in Boys under 12 in 2017, Aman Adil Tezabwala, 16, placed in the top 20 in the country and Wyatt O’Brien, 13, from West Bengal, who was in the top 5 in the country in Boys under 12 in 2017 will participate in the tournament, Rishi informed.
“The tournament’s round of 32 draw will have 24 direct entries and 8 qualifiers. For the qualifiers 20 players will fight it out for a place in the main draw over a period of two days”, said Rishi while addressing a press conference at BOC Pavilion on Saturday.
He further said that it is the only national ranking tournament in Jharkhand and provides a platform to budding players. The local players get exposure and interact with the top ranked players.
Uttam Singh, Vice-President, Iron Making Tata Steel, observed, “We aim to support all forms of sports and started the tennis championship last year. We will continue to provide a tennis platform to the budding talents of Jharkhand”.
The championship will be inaugurated by Avneesh Gupta, Vice-President Shared Services Tata Steel and Uttam Singh, Vice-President Iron Making Tata Steel at Beldih Club court on December 3.
Also present at the press conference were Amitava Baksi, Chief Procurement Officer, Tata Steel, Sanjay Mohan Srivastava and others.