Twentythree-year-old Jeevan Nedunchezhian won the prestigious T.K. Ramanathan award at the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association awards function held at the centre court of the Nungambakkam Stadium here on Saturday.
On behalf of Jeevan, who is away playing an ITF Futures tournament in Tiruchi, his father Mathivanan, received the award carrying a cash prize of Rs. 30,000.
Jeevan won two ITF Futures titles and with an improved performance, his ATP rankings shot up to 513 from scratch.
Speaking at the function, chief guest M. Narendra, Chairman and Managing Director, Indian Overseas Bank, spoke about the bank's support to sports and tennis in particular as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility measures. He said IOB would continue to support the ATP Chennai Open.
C.B.N. Reddy, Secretary, TNTA, who proposed the vote of thanks, said Andhra's Snehadevi Reddy and Vishnu Vardhan have registered for Tamil Nadu and will henceforth represent the State in the National championships. A total prize money of Rs. 1,82,000 (by TNTA) and Rs. 2,31,000 (by Sanmar) were distributed.
The awards: Sponsored by TNTA: President Awards for the most promising player: Megha Muthukumar, R. Abinika, T. Shraya Shree, Ojes Theyjo, R.S. Mohit; Outstanding Player: Reshma Ganapathy, Thanushree Palanivale, A. Shameena, I.B. Akshay, Raswant Ravi; Justice P.S. Kailasam award for performance in Junior Nationals: Mohit Mayur, C. Sai Samhitha, Raswant Ravi; Best University Player award: Irfan Hussain; Award for performance in Senior Nationals and National Games: Rushmi Chakravarthi, Mohit Mayur, Md. Fariz, Vijay Sundar Prashanth.
Award for Veterans: Vivek Reddy, M.P. Shankar, Dr. Karthik Kailas, Krishnakumar, L. Srinivasan, K. Rajagopalan, M.S. Venkatachalam, Stanley Martin, Govind Kumar, K. Deenadayalan, C.H. Naidu, Arvind, Chinni Natrajan; Wheel Chair award: D. Mariappan, S. Balachandar; Nagamani Mahadevan award: Sai Samhitha, Sansitha Nandakumar, T.K. Ramanathan award: Jeevan Nedunchezhian; Markers award: Naveen, Ashok; Umpires award: R. Ganesh, Theagarajan.
Sanmar-TNTA league (Winners): Zone ‘A': Gandhi Nagar ‘A', ‘B': Cosmopolitan ‘A'; ‘C': Gandhi Nagar ‘B'; ‘D': Indiranagar ‘B'; ‘E': NTC ‘M'; ‘F': Madras Gymkhana ‘B'; Veterans (plus 45 years): Besant Nagar Club; +60: Anna Nagar Club, Ladies: Besant Nagar. Mixed doubles: MCC ‘B'.