Barbara Luz and Ankita Raina, winner and runner-up respectively of the Sreenidhi-International Tennis Federation (ITF) $10,000 women’s tournament, were all praise for the event that concluded last week. “I am very happy to win the title and wish I can come here again,” said Luz of Coimbra, Portugal.
Organised jointly by Sreenidhi International School at its Moinabad campus and the Andhra Pradesh Lawn Tennis Association (APLTA) there could have been no better compliment for its efficient conduct than accolades from the players themselves.
“Experience from holding the earlier edition two years ago had equipped us to stage the international level competition better this time,” said Shiv Kumar Sen, Director, Sreenidhi Sports Academy. With the support of his team and cooperation from various departments of the school, the nearly week-long championship went off quite smoothly.
APLTA Secretary Ashok Kumar and Joint Secretary Praveen Bhargava were by court-side to witness the over three-hour final and were quite pleased with the entire event.
“K.T. Mahi, chairman, Sreenidhi Group, has been very supportive and has assured us of his backing for the next edition of this event, scheduled for December next year,” said Bhargava.
The above-mentioned duo has brought a lot of top level tennis to the state, the best results from the exercise being the fairly large turnout of players from the state climbing the rankings at the national level.
Davis Cupper Vishnu Vardhan, men’s National champion Suresh Krishna, National semi-finalist Saketh Myneni, National under 18 runner up Rishab Agarwal, National women’s semi-finalist Sowjanya Bavisetti form but a smattering of high level achievers from the state.
Tennis has been thriving across the State in cities and towns such as Bhimavaram (the Cosmopolitan Club’s event held regularly each year down the decades), Kavali, Kakinada, Madanapalli, Narasaraopet, Nellore, Sri Kalahasthi, Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, Warangal besides the Twin Cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.