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ITF Junior Tennis Tourney begins today:

Competition from youngsters abroad

The junior under 18 tennis tournament of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), has since the year 2005 been successfully held in Sri Lanka by the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA).

This does speak well for the administrative and organising ability of the SLTA that has led to the ITF permitting this tournament to enjoy continuity here in Sri Lanka.

And so the fifth of this annual exercise in junior tennis will take the form of the first tournament confined to ‘week one’ from October 5-11 and the second tournament referred to as ‘week two’ from October 12-18.

These initial observations were made to the members of the media at a briefing held last Thursday at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo by the President of the SLTA, Maxwel De Silva, Maxwell also added that much has been done for the betterment of tennis here, which he believes has made the right kind of impression for ITF to consider directing a few more tournaments here.

According to the Tournament Director, Irshad Othman and Tournament referee, Ishara Seneviratne this ITF Junior circuit week and two tennis tournaments, will take place from October 5-18 at the SLTA courts.

The number of entries received is 88 of which 32 entries have been received in the girls’ category, with the possibility of there being additional entries with time.

The prospective junior tennis players vying for championship honours, and as well to improve their rankings are from India, Thailand, Maurities, USA, Iran, Korea, Pakistan, China, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

In the girls category Sri Lanka will be represented by Amreetha Muttiah, Kemalie Herath, Sheren Wijesinghe, Shankari Thayakaran and Nilushi Fernando.

Amreetha Muttiah is the bottom seed ranked at 661 and India’s Zainab Ali Sajjad is the top seed with ITF rank 491 followed by two other Indian girls in Tarranum Handa ranked 698 and Parminder Kaur ranked 777.

In the boys category India’s Sidharth Sivakumar with ITF 362 is the highest ranked player in the tournament followed by the two Chinese in Zhaoyi Cao ranked 552 and Junnan Tai ranked 617 - much is expected from the promising Sri Lankan lad, T. Dineshkanthan who is ranked 780 and is the 4th seed for this tournament.


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