Some players turning out for the women’s singles qualifying event of the National grass-court tennis tournament missed the sign-in owing to confusion of the dates provided in the fact-sheet of the tournament, and three of them were accommodated in the main draw of the doubles.
“We do not fault the organisers completely as the fact-sheet presented the sign-in date (February 7, Thursday) but not the day. As it is the convention to have the qualifying matches on the weekend in most tournaments across the country, the change of day was overlooked by many resulting in the confusion,” said a player who missed the signing in.
“This year we have fewer courts and there were a large number of entries forcing us to add an extra day to accommodate that. We informed a lot of players, but it is unfortunate that some of them missed the sign-in,” tournament director Satyajit Burman said.
“But we did not want them to go back, and accommodated the three players who had missed out in the doubles main draw,” Mr. Burman said.
Some players claimed the number of those missing out was bigger, which the organiser refuted.
The women’s qualifying draw hence had 12 names for eight main draw slots. This meant that four players qualified to the main draw by default and without having to hit a single ball.
Women: Qualifying round: Renu Sharma bt Snigdha Padmata 6-0, 6-1; D. Mahitha Reddy bt Madhumita Harichandran 6-0, 6-2; Sneha Padmata bt M. Arthi 6-3, 7-6(2); Shehnaz Singh bt Uthra Venkatesh 6-2, 6-2.