42 players are to participate in the third edition of the Marina Open AITA Ranking Wheelchair Tennis Tournament to begin on Wednesday, 7th August at 9 a.m. at the well-known SDAT Tennis Stadium, Chennai.
Vijay Amritraj, India’s Tennis Legend and President, TNTA hailed the development of Wheelchair Tennis in India. It was important that sport of Tennis spread far and wide and included the disabled. He was confident that in time these players will also make a mark in the International sphere. He also thanked the SDAT for providing the stadium at a subsidised rate for this special event.
Sunil Jain, Chairman of Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour said that the Wheelchair Tournament will the beneficial for the disable and will be held year after year. We thank the Sponsors especially the Main Sponsor L & T Technology Services for Contributing wholeheartedly to the cause. The fact that participation has been growing steadily in number denotes the continuing popularity of the Sport. He also thanked the other supporters.
Paneesh Rao, Head of HR, L & T Technology said “It gives us immense pleasure to support this great initiative of Wheelchair Tennis In India and partner with Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour in achieving the vision of producing Indian players amongst the Top 100 in the world in this category.”
Salient Features of the Tournament:
The number of entries for the Men’s event is 34 – 19 from Karnataka, 13 from Tamil Nadu, 1 from Uttar Pradesh and 1 from United Kingdom. The top seed is Shekar Veeraswamy of Karnataka followed by S. Balachandar seed 2 and Karthik Karunakar seed 3 from Tamil Nadu. In the Women’s Event, there are a total of 8 entrants – 7 from Karnataka and 1 from Tamil Nadu with Prathima Rao of Karnataka being the top seed. Others in the fray are K.P. Shilpa of Karnataka and Nalina Kumari of Karnakata.
The Men’s Winner will get 30 points and the Runner Up will get 22 points while the Women’s Winner will get 15 points and the Runner Up 12 points. The Men’s Doubles events will also be conducted. The tournament carries a total Prize Money of Rs. 2, 32,000/-.
The first and second rounds of the Men’s Singles and the Round Robin matches in the Women’s event will be played best of 17 games and from quarterfinals onwards the matches will be played best of 3 sets.
The Finals will to be played on Saturday, 10th August 2019
|Name of the Championship||III Marina Open AITA Ranking Wheelchair Tennis Tournament|
|Under the auspices of||All India Tennis Association & Tamil Nadu Tennis Association|
|Ranking Status||AITA Ranking Wheelchair Tennis|
|Promoted by||Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour (A Division of Astha, Bengaluru)|
|Main Sponsor||L & T Technologies Services|
|Supporters||Cavin Kare, GRT Gold, NanOLife and others.|
|Medical Partner||Appollo Hospitals|
|Tennis Balls||Yonex Tour|
|Venue||SDAT Tennis Stadium, Lake Area, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600034|
|Total No. of events||Four (4) – Men & Women Singles & Doubles|
|Main Draw matches begin on||Men & Women: Wednesday 7th August 2019|
|Finals||Singles & Doubles – Saturday, 10thAugust 2019|
|Sign in Qualifying & Maindraw||6th August 2019 (2:00 p.m. to 4: 00 p.m.)|
Composition of Main Draw:
|Singles||Men Singles||Women Singles (Round Robin)||Men’s Doubles||Womens Doubles|
Total number of entries received:
|W||R||S.F.||Q.F.||P Q.F.||I Rd|
|1st Round||2nd Round||Quarterfinals||Semi-finals||Runner up||Winner||Total|
|Winners of 2018 Mens Singles Womens Singles||Shekar Veeraswamy (KA) Prathima Rao (KA)|
Organising Secretary Mr. Sunil Jain
Tournament Director Mr. Hiten K. Joshi
AITA Representative Mr. Nar Singh
Chief Referee Mr. P. Saravanan
CHENNAI Hiten Joshi
02.08.2019 Tournament Director