Tennis

Chinese start favourites

The Chinese will be tough to beat in the Asian junior tennis championship to be held at the DLTA Complex here from Monday.

The strong Chinese squad did give a glimpse of its strike power both in the boys and girls section last week by clinching the titles in the ITF juniors grade ‘II' tournament. The quality of tennis, the high degree of physical fitness, the confidence and clarity of approach they exude on court, make the Chinese more than a handful in the hot and dusty conditions on the slow courts.

Except for Ronit Bisht, who goes about his task with a single-minded devotion, the rest of the Indian juniors are a confused lotKyra Shroff provided a ray of hope for the host by making the final last week, and if she continues to retain the positive outlook, she should have another lively week.

Once they learn to compete hard, the Indian kids will understand that their game takes care of itself. Most of the time they defeat themselves with a negative attitude, rather than giving the opponent a chance to beat them. The Indian coaches, with varying degrees of ability and teaching skill, get frustrated when their wards fail to execute what they have been taught well in training, and for most of them it is a mystery as to how to make the trainees perform in matches.

Of course, Indian junior tennis does not have players of the calibre of Sanam Singh or Yuki Bhambri or for that matter Sania Mirza or Ankita Bhambri, players who had asserted themselves in the international junior circuit. The current crop should just try to keep improving with every match and possibly learn a bit from the Chinese. By elevating the status of the tournament to a test event for the Commonwealth Games to be held in October, the organisers have ensured that the stands would be packed, mainly with the security personnel.

Ideally, at least Challenger level tournaments could have been held, to put the machinery to a thorough test, if not the venue itself, but the authorities have been very keen to save all the money meant for preparing the players for the Delhi Games, possibly for a rich haul in the London 2012 Olympics.

Apart from being given air tickets for tournaments, the players have got precious little in terms of support despite the huge budget sanctioned for the same.

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