National champions assemble to celebrate DCM Shriram support

The champions thank the organisers for hosting the best tournament in the country, consistently over the years — the National championship.

Former National champions with the felicitation trophy. Photo: Kamesh Srinivasan

A galaxy of national champions from the past assembled to celebrate the association of the DCM Shriram Group in building Indian tennis by hosting a premier event for over 25 years.

Quite appropriately, the Olympic silver medallist and former Union Sports Minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was at hand to felicitate the 15 National champions who had won the men’s, women’s and junior titles in the past.

The Chairman and Managing Director of the DCM Shriram Group, Ajay Shriram, who had started the event to provide a high quality tournament for the Indian players, praised the champions for their commitment and passion. He said that it gave the organisation great satisfaction to cater to Indian tennis so well for so many years, even as the tournament changed from Shriram Open to Fenesta Open, and also gained the status of the National championship.

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Congratulating the DCM Shriram Group for providing a fine platform for Indian tennis to flourish over the years, Rathore said there was always a team behind the success of champions even in an individual game.

‘Team effort’

“It is always a collaborative effort, a team effort. To support a game for 25 years. It is fabulous. We need such platforms for Indian sports in all games,” Rathore said.

He also praised the facility at the DLTA and said that every time he flew over the place, he looked down upon the tennis complex with pride, and wished that the place would see many more champions emerge in the future.

Vishaal Uppal, Nitten Kirrtane, Archana Venkataraman, Sai Jayalakshmy, Rushmi Chakravarthi, Isha Lakhani, Ashutosh Singh, V. M. Ranjeet, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, Prerna Bhambri, Mohit Mayur, Vishnu Vardhan, Sriram Balaji and Dalwinder Singh were thrilled to be felicitated by Col. Rathore and Ajay Shriram with a special trophy made for the occasion.

Rajyavardhan Rathore felicitates four-time national champion Prerna Bhambri. Photo: Kamesh Srinivasan


Ankita Bhambri’s husband and Sanaa Bhambri’s mother collected the trophies on behalf of the champions who could not be present.

The champions thanked the organisers for hosting the best tournament in the country, consistently over the years, and hoped that the event would produce more champion players for the country. Vishnu Vardhan recalled how he used to look forward to receiving the special t-shirt for playing the event, and mentioned how Nitten Kirrtane made it a point to wear that for many finals.

It was an emotional evening for the champions, and Rathore inspired them with his energetic words.

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