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Huge field for Solaris all-India tennis

Posted on Dec 12, 07:56PM | IBNS

Solaris Club will be back in action when an estimated 350 odd junior hopefuls lock horns in the Solaris Club All India Ranking Championship Series Tennis Tournament 2012 beginning at Mayur Colony from December 17.

The championship for juniors is in its fifth year and comes close on the heels of a successful international men's tennis tournament organised by the club in October.

Some of the top Under-14 and Under-16 boys and girls from all over India will fight it out for the honours in singles as well as doubles.

Jayant Pawar, Director, Solaris, said, "After successfully organising the men's ITF USD 15,000 event at our Koregaon Park courts, we are back to our courts in Mayur Colony in Kothrud,"

"The qualifying rounds would be held on December 15, 16, while the Main Draw matches would be played from December 17 to 21," he added.

The Championship Series is the third tier of the All India Tennis Association's (AITA) junior structure, which follows National Series and Super Series.

According to Tournament Director Ravindra Pandey, the winner of the singles title stands to gain 25 AITA points, the runners-up 20 points, while the semi-finalists will receive 15 points.

As a result, the organisers have received entries from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi, Andhra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala, Goa, Jammu and Kashimir, Sikkim, Assam, Orissa, Chattisgarh.

The top-30 players in their respective age groups, includes: Raghav Jaisinghani (8), Parikshit Somani (13), Siva Deep Kosaraju (28) (all boys U-14); Indra Patwardhan (11), Aditya Gokhale (29) (both in boys U-16); Zeel Desai (9), R.Sai Avanthika (19), Shivani Indle (23), Shrishti Dass (24), Rashmika Rajan (30) (all Girls under 14) Zeel Desai (25) (Girls U-16).

The tournament would be held under the auspicies of the AITA and Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), Mr Pandey added.

The total prize money for the tournament would be Rs 1 lakh, and Pune's Vaishali Shekatkar has been appointed as the tournament referee.