Lotus trophy All India Ranking tennis in Kochi, Feb 1 to 5

Updated: Jan 28, 2010, 19:15 PM IST

Kochi: Over 130 entries including defending
Men`s champion Vijay Sunder Prashant of Tamil Nadu have been
registered for the Rs three lakh prize money All India Ranking
Tennis Tournament for the Lotus trophy, to be played here from
February 1.

P C Vignesh of Andhra Pradesh, ranked ninth in the country,
has been top seeded in the Men`s section, while Karnataka`s
Prarthana Pratap, ranked 22, is the top seed in the women`s.

Prashanth is seeded two.

There will be 32 in the main draw of the singles event
including 20 direct entries, eight qualifiers and wild cards.
Thomas Oommen, Chairman, Tournament Committee, told reporters
here today.

The tournament, started in 1979 at the state-level, was
conducted since 2008 as an invitation event, he said.

This year the tournament was converted as a prize money
ranking tournament, he said, adding matches will be played in
Men and Women singles, Men and Women Doubles.

The finals will be played on February 5.