PMDTA to organize Dial-a-Meal Junior Tennis League
PMDTA to organize Dial-a-Meal Junior Tennis League, first of its kind League for tennis players from Pune District.
Pune Metropolitan District Tennis Association (PMDTA) will organize the Dial-a-Meal Junior Tennis League, first of its kind League for tennis players from Pune District from June 2015 to September 2015 over every weekend. The league will feature 8 teams, and around 100 players from the age category of under-10, under-12 and under-14 .
“It will be path breaking event for city tennis juniors and provide them an opportunity to display their skills” said Mr. Arun Sane President of PMDTA and Sunder Iyer, Hon. Secretary of PMDTA. This is the first of its kind league where junior players from all academies and clubs will be clubbed together and then get into teams through auction process. They were speaking to reporters at the launch of the Tournament Logo and Team Franchisees’ Logos.
Mr. Khushru Minocherhomji of Dial-a-Meal – the Title Sponsors, Jt. Commissioners of the league – Mihir Divekar & Kaustubh Shah , Jt. Secretaries of PMDTA – Jayant Kadhe & Himanshu Gosavi, Organising committee members – Mandar Kapshikar, Pravin Zite and the franchisee owners were present on the occasion.
“Tennis is becoming an extremely individualistic game, and lacks team spirit. By organizing this event we want to inculcate a spirit of family and team spirit amongst players and parents in the city. The highlight of the league will be that boys and girls will play matches against each other. Every team will have players from age group 10-14 so each match becomes important thus building comradery and friendship between players and parents.” said Iyer, who visualized the league. A total of 40 tennis coaches have got involved in the league which is a good thing, for the sport of tennis in Pune .
Eight teams that will be seen in action will be Roaring Lions – Dr Sachin Shroff, AnD Raging Bulls – Arjun Devrukhkar, Rajdeep Automation Flying Hawks – Ms. Sheetal Shah, ODMT Tennis Grizzly Bears – Umesh Dalvi, Vepar Speeding Cheetahs – Ashwin Girme, Pune Open Striking Jaguars – Navnath Shete, BIPL Rising Eagles – Sameer Bhambre, and Club English Growling Tigers – Lalit Gosavi
Jt. Commissioner of the Dial-a-Meal Junior Tennis League Mr. Kaustubh Shah and Mihir Divekar informed “We had asked coaches to send in entries of their players and we have received over 200 entries from all over the district, 100 Players will be selected through auction, from the pool of players. The teams will be divided in 2 groups, 4 teams in each group.
Each tie will consists of 6 matches – Singles for Under-10 age category (Boys / Girls), Singles for Under-12 age category (Boys / Girls), Girls Singles for Under-14 age category, Boys Single for Under-14 age category, Girls Doubles (maximum 1 player of Under-14 age category), Boys Doubles (maximum 1 player of Under-14 age category). All matches will be played Best of 11 games (6 games to win) with Tie-Break at 5-all. The winner of the tie will be decided on the total number of games won by the team.
Mr. Khushru Minocherhomji of Dial-a-Meal said that “The event will bring out the best in the junior players and help them to think like professionals at an early age. Such a league will also encourage them to put in hard work and become better players and help to build a family spirit amongst the tennis fraternity of Pune.”
Dial-a-Meal apart from its title sponsorship will also be giving out Vouchers to the Player-of-the-week, so that the player can treat their family to a sumptuous meal – from any of the 120+ Restaurants associated with Dial-a-Meal. “We believe in family values and want families to relish the occasion dished out by their wards.” added Khushru.
As it is a rainy season, in case the matches get postpones we are organizing workshops for parents, and testing for players on Diet, Mental Toughness, Physical Fitness, Match Analysis. Every selected player in the league will also receive gifts – courtesy Apace, Solinco, Champion Sports, Darshan Tyres and Rio Fusion drinks.
A special organizing committee comprising of Abhishek Tamhane, Hemant Bendrey, Jayant Kadhe, Himanshu Gosavi, Mandar Kapshikar, Navnath Shete, Pravin Zite, Aditya Chougule, Rammayya Konkatti has been formed for the smooth conduct of the event.
The auction process for the Dial-a-Meal Junior Tennis League will be held on Sunday, June 7th.