Charu Sharma, Irfan Sait inaugurate 4th edition of Tabebuia Open Wheelchair Tennis

By | December 4, 2019

Top Seed Karthik, local lad and second seed Shekar sail easy into quarterfinals

Bengaluru, 4 Dec 2019: Top seed K Karthik of Tamil Nadu and second-seed Shekar Veeraswamy of Karnataka led the seeded players into the quarterfinals of the fourth L&T Technology Services’ Tabebuia Open, the final round of the Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour (IWTT) organised with Karnakata State Lawn Tennis Association under the aegis of AITA at the KSLTA Stadium here on Wednesday.

Action in the men’s singles at the 4th Tabebuia Open at KSLTA on Wednesday.

After the Chennai and Hyderabad rounds of the IWTT, the 4th edition of Tabebuia Open is inaugurated by noted sports commentator Charu Sharma and cricket mentor Irfan Sait along with the Sunil Jain, chairman, IWTT. The tourney has attracted 33 players for all over the country including a NRI entry from England.

Talking after lighting the lamp, India’s popular sports comentator Charu Sharma exhorted the players to work hard and be confident and said that it self discipline and sincere work that will give success. He felt that lack of spectators should not deter any sportsperson as they fight within themselves and motivate to rise and conquer the challenges. He also said that we should appreciate the efforts of sponsors and praised L&T Technology Services and other sponsors for coming forward to support IWTT.

Mr Sunil Jain thanked both Irfan Sait and Charu Sharma for associating with IWTT for long and supporting Wheelchair Tennis. He also requested “all the people with physical disabilities and their parents to visit the tournament and get to know more about it and its benefits and opportunities.” Priyanka, who encouraged the players, did the emcee.

From left: Sports Comentator Charu Sharma, Cricket Mentor and coach Irfan Sait, Sunil Jain, Chairman IWTT, and tournament director Santosh along with Priyanka, IWTT, (in the back row) during the inauguration of the 4th Tabebuia Open at KSLTA on Wednesday.

Results: Men’s Singles: (First Round): K Keshavan (kar) bt G Gangadarappa (Kar) 8-0; Moulali MG (Kar) bt Shailendra Rajput (UP) 8-1; Indudhara BS (Kar) bt Malayadri M 8-1; Manojkanth Somasundaram (TN) bt Saravanan (Kar) 8-0; Arul M (TN) bt Suresh Kumar (TN) 8-1; Anil D Almeida (Kar) bt Anjinappa (Kar) 8-3; Madhusudhan H (Kar) bt Hanumanthappa DN (Kar) 8-1; M Gabriel (TN) bt Pandurangasamy BR 8-6; Alexander James S (TN) bt Deve Gowda (Kar) 8-4; Abdul Gafar A (Kar) bt Basavaraj M Kundaragi (Ka) 8-4; INdrajeet Pandey (TN) bt Shiva Prasad S (Kar) 8-7 (2);

(Round 2): K Karthik (TN) bt K Keshavan (Kar) 8-0; Sathasivam Kannupayan (TN) bt Moulali G (Kar) 8-3; S Balachander (TN) bt Indudhara BS (Kar) 8-2; Manojkanth (TN) bt Arun M (TN) 8-2; Madhusudhan H (Kar) bt Anil D Almeida (Kar) 8-4; Mariappan D (TN) bt M Gabriel (TN) 8-1; Abdul Gafar A (Kar) bt Alexander James S (TN) 8=3; Shekar Veeraswamy (Kar) bt Indrajeet Pandey (TN) 8-1;

ABOUT IWTT (Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour)

Although wheelchair tennis was invented in the 70s and all four major Grand Slams have wheelchair tennis integrated into them, in India, in the past three decades, there has been no concerted effort to develop the game in a competitive manner. IWTT aims to enable a vibrant competitive environment for wheelchair tennis in India and encourage a greater level of participation at every level of the game.

Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour (IWTT), is a division of ASTHA, a registered non-profit organization working towards empowering persons with disabilities in India.

In December 2016, IWTT was formed with the sole aim of creating a highly competitive and enabling ecosystem for aspiring wheelchair tennis players in India. Using the power of sports, IWTT is committed to positively transform the lives of many Indians with disabilities who can put India on the world map of sports in the next four years. The Tabebuia 2019 is IWTT’s 9th tournament for wheelchair tennis in India so far. Previously, three tournaments were conducted in Chennai titled Marina Open and two tournaments titled Charminar Open were hosted in Hyderabad. In addition to tournaments, IWTT also conducts ‘The First Serve’ a development workshop and coaching program designed to introduce new players to the sport of wheelchair tennis. IWTT’s First Serve workshops enable Indians with physical disabilities to take up the sport of wheelchair tennis to accomplish both recreational and competitive goals depending on individual needs. IWTT is also committed to empower top players towards qualifying and competing in international tournaments.

Sunil Jain, Chairman of IWTT & Founder Trustee of ASTHA said “Wheelchair tennis is wonderful medium to allow people with physical disabilities to shed their inhibitions and transform their lives. Also, sports can be very powerful tool for social inclusion. As we celebrate the International day for persons with disabilities, we as society need to reflect that how much are we ready to provide sporting opportunities to persons with disabilities. I urge the all the stake holders in the city to make sporting facilities / programs more and more accessible. Sports can actually address all the concerns of a person with disability and their family.

IWTT is supported by Sania Mirza, Rahul Dravid, Rohan Boppana, Anand Amritraj, Vijay Amritraj, Kapil Dev, Reeth Abraham, Charu Sharma, Srinath Prahalad, Jude Felix and Zeeshan Ali. And has Somdev Devvarman as an Advisory Board Member of IWTT.

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