AITA Trust Scholarship Program to fully support 16 young Indian tennis players

Eight boys and eight girls in the U-14 age group will receive financial and coaching support as a part of AITA's developmental program, with the selections set to take from Friday in New Delhi.

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The cream of junior talent across the country is all set to get financial and technical support from the All India Tennis Association (AITA) Trust.

Players in the under-14 age group have been called from various states for a selection camp to be held at the DLTA Complex from July 19.

Each state has been asked to nominate a boy and a girl for the selection. Overall, 16 boys and 16 girls are scheduled to assemble. To start with, 50% of them will be chosen for support.

A panel of coaches including former Davis Cup player Vishal Uppal and the former Fed Cup player Ankita Bhambri will be part of the committee in the selection process.

There will not only be financial support for the players, but they will also be supported for competing in tournaments at home and abroad. There will also be possibilities of coaches travelling with the players to enhance their performance.

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The selected players will be monitored through the year, in consultation with their coaches, and appropriate measures taken periodically for further improvement.

Since one of the states did not send its share of two players, Delhi will field four players for the selection camp. There will be more players added for support in due course of time, to cover all the best players from across the country in the age group.

Arrangements have been made for lodging the players at the RK Khanna Stadium. The accompanying parents will be able to stay in nearby hotels at special rates.