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ITF Junior Tennis Championship begins at DKS in Kolkata from Jan 20
Kolkata/IBNS: The DKS ITF Junior Tennis, a grade II ITF Tournament and one of the prestigious events for the junior players, will be held at the synthetic courts of Bengal Tennis Association (BTA) in Salt Lake from Jan 20 to 25 next.
Addressing mediapersons here Friday, BTA Chief Operating Officer Sujoy Ghosh informed that this would be 28th year that Dakshin Kolikata Sangsad (DKS) would be organising this popular meet. He said the tournament is important for the junior players, specially from India, as they would earn ITF points from World Ranking Championship.
Since its beginning 27 years agao, this meet has grown in international importance and this year Ghosh intimated that entries for the championship have been received from China, Chinese Taipei, Belgium, Finland, Israel, Russia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Syria, Malaysia, Australia , USA, Indonesia, Serbia, Italy, Great Britain, News Caledonia, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Canada and hosts India.
Pengyu Lu with 141 ITF ranking has been top seeded in the boys section while the pride of place in the girls' division went to Maria Sholokhpva with 125 ITF ranking.
The Indian players who have earned entries here include Uddayvir Singh, Aryaan Bhatia, Udit Gogoi among boys and Sarah Dev and Mallika Marathe among girls. These apart four Indians- each in boys and girls group- have received wild card entries in this competition.
They are Denim Yadav, Arnab Pathenge, Arunava Mazumdar and Ritabrata Sarkar ( Boys) and Bhakti Parwani, Lakshmi Gowda, Sweta Samanta and Mekhala Manna (Girls).
The organisors are providing free boarding and lodging to all main draw players and accompnying nominated officials and coaches from foreign countries.
(Reporting by Manik Banerjee)
In Image: Bengal Tennis Association Chief Operating Officer Sujoy Ghosh addressing the media in presence of DKS President Debashish Kumar and DKS Tennis Secretary Mihir Mitra and other offiials.