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Raring to go: Participants of the AITA Super Series 2010 for Under 14 at the inaugural session in Berhampur on Monday. —
Raring to go: Participants of the AITA Super Series 2010 for Under 14 at the inaugural session in Berhampur on Monday. —

Staff Reporter

Over 60 players from all over the country taking part in the event

BERHAMPUR: The All India Tennis Association (AITA) Super Series 2010 for under 14 boys and girls category was inaugurated in the city on Monday. This tournament is being hosted by the Ganjam District Tennis Association (GDTA) undr the aegis of OTA. The secretary of the Orissa Tennis Association (OTA), Madhusudan Padhi, inaugurated the tournament at the clay courts of the Union Club in the city. The president of GDTA, Satyabrata Sahu, presided the inaugural function. The organising secretary of the tournament, Arjun Swain, said that over 64 top players of ‘under 14 years’ category from all over the country have come down to participate in the premier national tournament. The participants include 32 boys and 32 girls.

The matches of the tournament are being played on the premises of the Union Club and the Army Air Defence College (AADC), Gopalpur. The matches of the boys section are being played on two clay courts on the Union Club premises. The girls’ matches are on at the synthetic court in the AADC. Matches continued under flood lights till late evening at the Union Club courts.

Budding stars

The budding stars of tennis would locks horns in both singles and doubles matches. The tournament bears great importance for them as they would gain valuable points for their AITA ranking from it.

Since 2006 the GDTA is organising AITA tennis tournaments in the city to promote tennis among the youngsters. Several top seeded players are participating in this Super Series under 14 tournament. Five out of ten of the top seeded players in the boys’ category and three among the top ten seeded players in the girls’ category are playing in the tournament.

They include fifth seeded P. Vignesh Prabhu of Tamil Nadu, seventh seeded Sahil Deshmukh of Maharashtra etc. In the girls section the name to watch is fourth seeded Simran Kumar Sethi of New Delhi. But sixth seeded Seeulee Upadhyaya from Orissa has drawn much attention. Four youngsters of the State have been provided wild card entry into the tournament.


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