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After a long dry spell, Tennis makes a comeback in Jamshedpur

Beldih AITA Championship Series Tournament kicks off today

Jamshedpur, July 7: After a hiatus, there seems to be a full-blown tennis renaissance in Jamshedpur.

After a gap of almost eight years, tennis at Jamshedpur makes a comeback in the national calendar, with the help of Beldih Club. The Beldih Club All India National Ranking Junior Tennis Tournament (AITA) Championship Series 2017 will be held for the age group of Under 14 and 16. It will be held at the clay courts of the Beldih Club and United Club.

The event is being organized under the banner of ‘All India Tennis Association (AITA’) and Jharkhand Tennis Association (JTA) from July 10 -14, 2017. The qualifying rounds are scheduled on July 8 & 9, 2017 at both the venues. Matches will be played from 8 am onwards.

Debapriyo Das alias Rishi from AITA, said, the championship will be played under two categories namely ‘Boys & Girls Singles Under 14’ and ‘Boys & Girls Singles Under 16’. The entries have been received from Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Telengana, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand. Juniors, ranked in the top 50’s in the country are participating in the championship despite AITA tournament being held in other parts of the country.

The first AITA tournament was held in 2003, which was a Super Series event. In 2004, another tournament was added to the existing Super Series, which was a Championship Series. In 2005, four Talent Series were added to the calendar, along with the existing ones. The last time any such level series was conducted in Jamshedpur was in 2009 though some tennis related activities carried till 2012. An Inter-Exchange Program with players from West Bengal and Orissa at both Jamshedpur as well as in Kolkata was also initiated. A Tennis Officiating Clinic was also conducted in 2006 for the benefit of the local aspiring Chair Umpires.

Das further said that tennis was regular at Jamshedpur which included exchange programmes, officiating clinics and after a gap of about 8 years it’s in the revival mode which would help the budding players from the city as well as East Zone.

More than 400 entries have been received from all over the country. As many as nine players from Jharkhand will participate in the championship. The players include Sahil Amin (Ranchi), Abhinav Ranjan (Jamshedpur), Harsh Verma (Jamshedpur), Nabil Ashraf (Ranchi), Shrey Singh (Jamshedpur), Aditi Pradhan (Ranchi), Swati Verma (Jamshedpur), Komal Kumari Sonkar (Jamshedpur) and Shrishti Shikha (Jamshedpur).

“It is going to be the first occasion when a commercial Club of the city of Jamshedpur conducts an AITA championship tournament. The game has more followers in India than in any other country in the world. A good tournament is making a comeback to the city which would specially inspire children and budding players. In November 2017 we also plan to host the Men’s series based on the formal approvals from JTA & AITA so that national level tournament become a regular in the city,” said Ashish Mathur, Patron, Tournament Committee, while addressing a press conference at BOC Pavilion on Friday.

Avneesh Gupta, Chairman, Tournament Committee, said, Ashish Mathur took the initiative and held talks with the organisers for bringing the tournament back to Jamshedpur as we have the infrastructure and it’s a big step to revive the game in Jamshedpur.
Also present at the press conference was Kulvin Suri, Chief, Corporate Communications, Tata Steel, Abhinansu Borthakur Bengal’s number one ranked tennis players and others.

A Championship Series (CS) is a national level tournament which is open to all the zones and not a restricted one.

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