Category: Tennis

Bopanna lost in Finals of Eastbourne against Bryan brothers

Rohan Bopanna in partnership with Andre Sa of Brazil was beaten 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-3 by the top seeded Bryan twins, Bob and Mike of the US, in the $693,910 ATP tennis tournament on grass in Eastbourne.

The champions collected $34,430 and 250 ATP points and the runners-up got $18,150 and 150 points.

Unseeded pair of Bopanna and Andre won three matches before the loss in finals. In first round they defeated Saville and Fabbiano by 6-3, 6-4. In Quarterfinals Indo-Brazilian pair defeated M Matkowski and M Mirnyi by 6-2, 6-7, 10-3 in tie breaker. In semifinal match played against R Haase and D Inglot, they won in tie breaker by 7-6, 3-6, 11-9.

The City Of Joy hosts the 1st leg of The Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros

 Kolkata, March 23rd, 2017: The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ returns to India for its third edition which will be played across three cities. The tournament gets underway with the first qualifier in Kolkata followed by the second in Pune. The final culmination of the tournament will take place in New Delhi. Kolkata is hosting a Roland Garros event for the first time, and the selected players from the city shall get a chance to try their luck in the finals to be hosted in Delhi on the 18th and 19thof April, 2017.

The tournament confirms Roland Garros’ and AITA’S collaborative effort to organize grassroots championships of international repute in India and foster the development of clay court tennis to find future stars. Kolkata’s historic Dakshin Kalikata Sansad shall witness the qualifiers under the supervision of experienced French coach Bernard Pestre who is the Deputy Technical Director of FFT and heads their “Formation and Enseignement” (Training and Education) Department. Kolkata have been instrumental in producing many young talents who have represented the nation in the junior levels. The qualifiers will give an opportunity to U 18 players to have a MasterClass under the guidance of Pestre, who has been associated with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) since 1984.

A clinic was conducted for the media with the aim of promoting clay court tennis. ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ has served as a perfect platform for budding tennis talents from India as they get the opportunity to compete against the best  from USA, Japan, China, Brazil and South Korea. Further, the winners of the competition will get a chance to participate in the Junior French Open as wild-card entrants.

“Over the years, India has consistently produced good talent. The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ aims to propel the upcoming talent in a way which would put the country on the world map. It also gives the youngsters a great chance of learning about clay courts, and potentially going on to excel at the French Open in future,” said President of FFT Bernard Giudicelli.

“We are extremely proud to be hosting the 1st qualifiers of the Rendez-Vous a Roland Garros in partnership with Longines, An event of such stature and global presence shall do wonders for growth of tennis in the city. It has been our aim to have a strong grass-root development program for the city kids and with initiatives like these, I think we are on the right track towards escalating the popularity of the sport in the city.” said Mr. Hironmoy Chatterjee, Secy Gen AITA & President BTA.

Unwavering support from AITA and The Bengal Tennis has successfully ensued the commencement of Rendez-vous a Roland Garros in partnership with Longines becomes an event to remember.

The city qualifiers will see top talent vying for a spot in the Masters’ event which will be played in New Delhi on 18th and 19th April 2017.

India gears up for a grander Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines

Kolkata, March 16, 2017: The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ returns to India for its third edition which will be played across three cities. The tournament gets underway with the first qualifier in Kolkata followed by the second in Pune. The final culmination of the tournament will take place in New Delhi. The City of Joy will be hosting the first leg of the qualifiers from 20th to 25th March 2017, followed by the 2nd leg in Pune from 29th March to 1st April 2017.

The tournament confirms Roland Garros’ and AITA’S collaborative effort to organize grassroots championships of international repute in India and foster the development of clay court tennis to find future stars. Kolkata’s historic Dakshin Kalikata Sansad and Pune’s PYC Gymkhana shall witness the qualifiers under the supervision of experienced French coach Bernard Pestrewho is the Deputy Technical Director of FFT and heads their “Formation and Enseignement” (Training and Education) Department. The two cities have been instrumental in producing many young talents who have represented the nation in the junior levels. The qualifiers will give an opportunity to U 18 players to have a MasterClass under the guidance of Pestre, who has been associated with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) since 1984.

A clinic will also be conducted for the media with the aim of promoting clay court tennis. ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ has served as a perfect platform for budding tennis talents from India as they get the opportunity to compete against the best  from USA, Japan, China, Brazil and South Korea. Further, the winners of the competition will get a chance to participate in the Junior French Open as wild-card entrants.

“Over the years, India has consistently produced good talent. The ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros in partnership with Longines’ aims to propel the upcoming talent in a way which would put the country on the world map. It also gives the youngsters a great chance of learning about clay courts, and potentially going on to excel at the French Open in future,” said President of FFT Bernard Giudicelli.

Unwavering support from AITA, Bengal Tennis Association and The Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association has successfully ensued the commencement of Rendez-vous a Roland Garros in partnership with Longines becomes an event to remember.

The city qualifiers will see top talent vying for a spot in the Masters’ event which will be played in New Delhi on 18th and 19th April 2017.

Zeel Desai lost in finals of ITF $10,000 Sharm El Sheikh

National junior champion Zeel Desai lost to Ana Bianca Mihaila from Romania, after putting a  gallant fight in the finals of $10,000 Sharm El Sheikh being played in Egypt. She lost to third seed Ana by 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 in finals. 

Zeel defeated Roumanian Elena-Teodora (ROU) by 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 in Semifinals. She also won against Clothilde (FRA) in quarterfinals by 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Zeel defeated countryman Akshara in second round by 6-1. 6-1. In first round she defeated Britt from Belgium by 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles She played along with Emelie Luisa (GER) but lost in quarterfinals

Ana Bianca Mihaila defeated three Indians to win the finals, she defeated number 1 seed Riya Bhatia by 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in semifinals. In Quarterfinals she defeated Eetee Maheta by 7-5, 6-4.

In doubles Shewta Rana partnered with Ana and lost in finals against Belgium pair.