Indian U-14 tennis teams to take part in Asian development event in Uzbekistan

The top players from the event will make it to the Asian team and be sent for about five weeks of training and competitive exposure in Europe.

Representational image: The two teams are scheduled to leave on May 3, one day earlier than scheduled.   -  GETTY IMAGES

The under-14 boys and girls teams will be able to make it to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for the Asian Developmental tennis events, after an initial hiccup of tickets.

There will be two back to back tournaments for the players. The top players from the event will make it to the Asian team and be sent for about five weeks of training and competitive exposure in Europe.

Expensive tickets had discouraged the All India Tennis Association (AITA) from going ahead and fielding the two teams, after the government had refused to foot the bill.

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However, the availability of economy class tickets on direct flights has helped the boys team first and the girls team.

The two teams are scheduled to leave on May 3, one day earlier than scheduled, along with coach Nar Singh whose visa was being processed.

The direct flight, through a circuitous path as Pakistan has closed its air space for flights, will take the team within a few hours to Tashkent. The connecting flights would have taken nearly 24 hours of travel, discouraging the national federation from going ahead with the original plan.

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