Hyderabad plays host to first wheelchair tennis tournament
Sports lovers in Hyderabad, this is an event that is a must attend.
The city is making history by hosting its first ever wheelchair tennis tournament. It is aptly called Charminar Open 2018., after the city's best known historical landmark.
The tournament is being organised with the joint efforts of the All India Tennis Association (AITA), Telangana State Tennis Association and the Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour (IWTT).
The tournament will end on 27 October and is being held at the Tennis Complex, LB Stadium in Fateh Maidan. Entry is free so make sure you attend and cheer for the players.
Thirty players from across India will show their mettle in singles and doubles, in both men's and women's categories. The rules being followed are those set by the International Tennis Federation
Such events, hopes Sunil Jain, Chairman, IWTT, will help attract more talent.
Hyderabad has a lot of players with great potential and talent. We are hoping to encourage more and more players top become part of the sports in India. - Sunil Jain, Chairman, IWTT
The IWTT has played a big part in mentoring players through camps and workshops. It has done this without much support from the government. The aim is to train players such that they can represent India on the global stage in wheelchair tennis.
The Charminar Open 2018 is the fifth such tournament organised. The previous two were held in Chennai and Bengaluru.
Among the players here is Karthik Karunakaran, who is excited about making a mark. "It is a great opportunity for wheelchair tennis players in Hyderabad. I am happy to get this opportunity and to be a part of the tournament."
Player Balachandar Subramanian hopes this is just the start of more such events in the city.
"This the first time that such a tournament is happening in Hyderabad. All the players are excited and motivated. The organizers have made very good arrangement and we hope more such tournaments will be held in the future."
Given the sterling performance by Indian para athletes in the recent Para Asian Games, there is greater interest in para sports in the country. This is sure to spell good news for sports, including wheelchair tennis.