Jaipur Open gets underway from September 14
A total of 126 players, including leading professionals Yuvraj Singh Sandhu and former champion Shamim Khan, will be vying for top honours at the Jaipur Open Golf tournament, starting September 18.
The TATA Steel Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will move to the Rambagh Golf Club here with the Rs. 40 lakh tournament featuring 123 professionals and three amateurs.
Some of the top Indian players to participate in the event are Abhijit Singh Chadha, Om Prakash Chouhan, Akshay Sharma, Abhinav Lohan, Arjun Bhati and Varun Parikh.
The prominent foreign names in the field are those of Sri Lanka's Mithun Perera and N Thangaraja and Bangladesh’s Jamal Hossain and Badal Hossain.
The Jaipur-based professionals in the field are Vishal Singh, Hemendra Choudhary, Prakhar Asawa, Girraj Singh Khadka, Rishi Raj Singh Rathore, Yogendra Kumawat, Damodar Kumawat and Ghulam Mohammed Ghori.
The field also features Jaipur-based amateurs Manoviraj Shekhawat and Nitesh Bandawla.
"The staging of the Jaipur Open goes a long way in promoting Rajasthan as a preferred destination for golf tourism. A strong field and perfect playing conditions at the Rambagh Golf Club are sure to provide a fascinating contest this week," Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said in a release.
Asian under-16 tournament
Rubani Kaur Sidhu beat fourth seed Tanisha Roy 6-4, 6-3 in the girls first round of the Asian under-16 tennis tournament at the State tennis complex. Rain intervened and washed out play.
Meanwhile, the referee Prabin Kumar Nayak clarified that it was Sarah Gomes who had beaten Rivaa Mehta in the first round and not as published, owing to an error by the chair umpire.
- Kamesh Srinivasan
Digvijay Pratap Singh in pre-quarterfinals
Digvijay Pratap Singh beat Lautaro Pane of Argentina 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of the $25,000 ITF men’s tennis tournament in Madrid on Tuesday.
In the $15,000 event in Tunisia, Karan Singh pipped Boris Butulija of Serbia 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(6), by converting his third match point, in the first round.
- Kamesh Srinivasan