AITA announces qualifying events for Road to Wimbledon
AITA will conduct four qualifying events to select two boys and two girls from India for the prestigious Road to Wimbledon, England's national grass court tournament.
New Delhi: AITA will conduct four qualifying events to select two boys and two girls from India for the prestigious Road to Wimbledon, England's national grass court tournament.
Earlier this year the Wimbledon Foundation had joined hands with the All India Tennis Association (AITA) to bring The Road to Wimbledon (RTW) to India.
Sixteen players will be identified for the Masters, the finalists of which will earn a direct entry to the RTW, to be held in August 2015 at the All England Club.
The qualifying events will begin in Kolkata from January 12 and followed by Chandigarh (from January 19), New Delhi (from February 12) and Mumbai (from February 19).
According to an AITA release, Kolkata and Chandigarh will be the grass court tournaments while Delhi and Mumbai competitions will be on the hard courts.
As per the qualification process, the players will be awarded points on the basis of their singles performance and their best three performances will be considered for selection to the Masters (Finals).
The top-16 performers will compete in the Masters, scheduled to begin from April 6 in New Delhi.
All the qualifying events will be marked as AITA National Series events and the players can gain national ranking points.
In the 2014 event, India's Siddhant Banthia had not only qualified for the RTW but also became the singles champion after defeating the top seed Maxime Trenakhin.
Siddhant and Adil Kalyanpur had also claimed the doubles title while Indian girls Aarja Chakraborty and Shivani Ingle had ended runners-up in the girls' doubles.