Rawat, Mahak top seeds for All India Open

The tourney, which offers the highest prize money for a private club, will be held at the Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana from February 5.

Mahak Jain is the top seed among women participants.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

India No. 7 and defending champion Sidharth Rawat leads a big group of AITA-ranked players in the men’s singles draw of the ₹ 22 lakh Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana (JVPG) Anirudh Desai All India Open Tennis Championship to be held at the gymkhana’s floodlit synthetic courts from Monday, February 5.

With Riya Bhatia withdrawing from the main draw, Mahak Jain, winner of the Open National Championship, has been made the top seed in the women’s singles draw.

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Arjun Kadhe, Dalwinder Singh (who won the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship), Suraj Prabodh and a number of AITA-ranked players have gained a direct entry to the main draw.

Competition for fastest serve

The men and women’s singles winner will receive a cash prize of ₹ 2 lakh each and the runners-up ₹1 lakh each. The JVPG has decided to award a cash prize of ₹12,000 to each of the first round losers. The doubles winners (men, women and mixed) will received a cash prize of ₹ 50,000 each. A competition for the ‘fastest serve’ will also be held.

“Three years ago we decided to increase the prize money to become the highest offered by a private club and we are happy to do be doing so. We hope to do better from next year. Anirudh Desai was passionate about the game and club and his family is the title sponsor of the tournament,” said Himanshu Gokani, Secretary, JVPG Club.

The qualifying rounds will be played at Practennis courts.

Entries received
  • Men: Sidharth Rawat, Arjun Kadhe, Suraj Prabodh, Dalwinder Singh, Manish Sureshkumar, Kunal Anand, Mohit Mayur Jayaprakash, Hardeep Singh Sandhu, Prajwal Dev, Siddharth Vishwakarma.
  • Women: Mahak Jain, Sai Samhitha, Rishika Sunkara, Mithyaraj Baburaj, Eetee Maheta, Hemra Shaikh, Nandani Sharma, Ramya Natarajan, Shweta Chandra Rana.

Prize Money (men and women’s singles)
  • Winners: ₹ 2 lakh;
  • Runner-ups: ₹ 1 lakh;
  • Semifinalists: ₹ 50,000;
  • Quarterfinalists: ₹ 25,000;
  • Pre-quarterfinalists: ₹ 15,000, and
  • First-round losers: ₹ 12,000.

Doubles (Men, women and mixed)
  • Winners: ₹ 50,000;
  • Runners-up: ₹ 30,000;
  • Semifinalists: ₹ 20,000;
  • Quarterfinalists: ₹ 15,000.

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