Pokhara/ITF U-18 Tennis Tour J-5 Circuit-2 To Be Held From Monday

Keshav Pathak/ Pokhara Sports / Pokhara/ITF World Ranking U-18 Tennis Tour J-5 Circuit-2 is scheduled to start from Monday.

The organizing committee of the tournament, Kaski District Tennis Association, held a press meet to inform about the tournament. ITF Tournament Director Ajay Bista has stated that 88 players including boys and girls from 11 countries including Nepal registered there name in Circuit-2 which will start from Monday immediately after the completion of Circuit-1 on Saturday.

Who is competing?
Arab Samrat Hada, a Nepali U-18 Junior World No. 1 player, is competing for the boys . He has 857 points in the world rankings. Similarly, Abhilasha Bista of Nepal, who is ranked second in the world, is also participating. Abhilasha has 1391 points. Belgium’s Kresteva Mia has also come to Pokhara from the girls’ side. Nepal’s Saloni Tamang, ranked third in the world, and Sarbhani Shrestha, ranked fourth, are also competing in the girls’ category.

The competition will be held at Pokhara Stadium Tennis Complex from 6th to 11th December. The organizers have stated that there is participation from 11 countries. According to the organizers, 2 players from Belgium, 2 from Brazil, 1 from Denmark, 1 from Hungary, 1 from Sweden, 41 from India, 2 from Israel, 2 from Poland, 2 from Russia, 6 from the USA, and 29 from Nepal are participating in the tournament. Players will compete in singles and doubles under the competition. The winning player will receive a gold and a silver medal and a Ranking (score) from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for each game won.

The winning player will receive a gold and a silver medal and will receive a score from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for each game won.

Tournament director Bista said that the organizers have decided 32 players each from the 88 players for the main draw, including girls and boys. From the selection games on Saturday and Sunday, 16 players from Nepal, 14 from India, and 2 from Belgium will compete in the main draw. Among them, four Indian players have been selected from the qualifying round. Twelve players from different countries competed in the selection game.

Similarly, 32 players including 14 from Nepal, 2 from Brazil, 1 from Denmark, 1 from Hungary, 1 from Sweden, 1 from Israel, 1 from Poland, 1 from Russia, 1 from the USA, and 9 from India are competing for the boys’ side. Twenty players played in the qualifying round for the boys.

The Chairman of the tournament organizing committee, Lok Bahadur Gurung, urged everyone to make the tournament a success.

Secretary of the organizing body Navin Shrestha said that the number of participating countries and players would be more if the situation of infection of Covid 19 was eased. ‘More than 180 players from different countries have withdrawn their names recently due to the re-emergence of Omicron in some countries as a global epidemic’, he said.

Ministry of Youth and Sports Gandaki province and Sports Council Gandaki has been closely supporting the tournament to make it successful, Tej Bahadur Gurung, Member Secretary of Sports council pointed out the need to bring tennis to the mass. He stressed that school students and young players should benefit from the competition being held in Pokhara. He said, ‘It is necessary to establish tennis culture in the society for the development of tennis’.

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