VIJAYAWADA: The city will witness more tennis tournaments in the future, and the primary duty of the Krishna District Tennis Association (KDTA) is to showcase the tennis infrastructure to the rest of the country, says KDTA president K. Pattabhiramaiah.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the East Coast junior tennis tournament for boys below 18 years at IGMC stadium here on Sunday, Mr. Pattabhiramaiah said the tennis complex with three synthetic courts had already hosted All India Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation tournaments, and in January 2011 a major veteran tournament would be staged at the complex.
Tournament sponsor S. Ramakrishna of Santhi Nursing Home said the tournament was primarily staged to give an opportunity to the players who failed to make it to the AITA circuit.
“For these struggling players, a tournament of this sort will enable them hone their skills further. Playing on different surfaces will be of immense help to their budding career. We (KDTA) are planning to host this tournament every year and hopefully we will have a girls segment also,” he said.
Mr. Rao, who is a noted veteran player at the National-level, also advised the players to strike a balance between sports and academics.The three-day intense on-court tussle finally ended on Sunday with Guntur's Sandeep defeating Vijayawada's Ajay Kumar 6-1, 6-2 in the under-18 segment and Srikhalahasti's Joy Charan scored a 6-4, 7-5 victory over his town mate Srikrishna. The winners pocketed Rs. 3,100 each while the vanquished took home Rs. 2,000 each.
Andhra Pradesh Tennis Association vice-president Varaprasad and District Sports Authority coach Sai Baba attended the function.
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