For the tennis fraternity in Guntur, it has been action aplenty at the newly-laid synthetic tennis courts over the last four days as the All India Tennis Association Talent Series Tournament for Under-14 boys and girls draws to a close on Friday.
The finals (singles) will be played on Friday followed by the valedictory session in the evening.
The tennis courts elsewhere in Coastal Tennis Centre and Officers Club too buzzed with action as over 100 players turned up and gave their best shot.
“This is the best thing to have happened in Guntur in this year. Lot of promising players showed up which is a good sign,” Guntur District Tennis Association secretary K.S. Chari said on Thursday.
Promising players like Lipika Reddy showed plenty of skill and dash on the court impressing coaches. Lipika stood out for her powerful ground strokes. However, Lipika lost to another Guntur girl P. Santhi in the semi-finals, who is pitted against Sai Sivani from Hyderabad.
In the doubles, Sai Sivani teamed up with Aishwarya blasted their way to finals with an impressive victory over P. Santhi and M. Alekhya.
The tourney has given a new impetus to the development of the game in Guntur. “There were once 32 courts in the district. But of late, the patronage to the game is declining,” said Mr. Chary.
The municipal tennis courts have been witnessing a steady stream of boys and girls since last year. “Excellent facilities for coaching starters are here. Children should be motivated to take up the game at an early age,” tennis coach G. Siva Prasad said.
There were times when senior police officials and district officers played the game regularly at BR Stadium Tennis Stadium and Municipal Tennis Courts in Brindavan Gardens.