ITF selects Pune Davis Cup tie for Prestigious Recognition and Reward (R&R) award
Pune August 2 : The Recognition and Reward (R&R) Panel of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) which met last week to review the February and April Davis Cup ties across the world , have awarded the prestigious Above Group Standard Rating to the AITA for the Davis Cup Zone Group I 1st Round vs New Zealand conducted by the MSLTA in Pune
In a communication. Sent to the All India Tennis Association ( AITA ) after the Rating Panel meeting , the panel stated " We could see that both the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and the town of Pune relished the opportunity to host this 1st round Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, and worked hard to put on a spectator and player-friendly event which ultimately proved very successful."
" The panel also understood that a considerable amount of time and money was invested in the promotion of the event and also observed the efforts to involve and endorse the local community with the initiatives such as the children’s clinics with free gifts and refreshments, and transporting players in chariots to the Draw." the letter stated
Therefore, whilst they were not surprised that the stadium was almost at full capacity each day because of these efforts, they felt it was also worth noting that you also enjoyed the highest attended tie of this round." The Panel feels that a grade of Above Group Standard was thoroughly deserved. The communication from ITF mentioned.
The R&R panel which announces awards for the Davis Cup ties makes its decisions on various parameters which include reports and feedback from ITF Supervisors, Umpires, Players and the Visiting Nation National Federation.
The Hon Secretary General of AITA Mr Hiranmoy Chatterjee added " would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the entire team of MSLTA and everyone who were involved with the conduct of this tie and for earning this award. It is indeed a job very well done. We do sincerely hope that MSLTA will keep up the good work and continue to host all the tournaments in future with same amount of zeal and enthusiasm ".
The Chief Patron of the Pune Davis Cup Tie Mrs Amruta Fadnavis said " it was matter of great pride and prestige to be recognized by the ITF from all the ties across the globe and we are thankful to all stakeholders for making this event a huge success and memorable and having a logical end to the organization of the Davis Cup Tie in Pune
The President of MSLTA Mr Bharat Oza said " we would like to thank the ITF for the prestigious recognition and it is truly a reward for the entire MSLTA and PMDTA teams that put in hard work to ensure a super successful Davis Cup after a gap of 43 years in Pune,
The Hon Secretary of MSLTA Sunder Iyer said the award and recognition gives us confidence and energy to promote the sport of tennis in Maharashtra with vigour and enthusiasm
I would like to take this opportunity to express profound gratitude to the Government of Maharashtra, the AITA , the MSLTA council , our Patron Mrs Amruta Fadnavis , the Chairman of the Organising Committee Mr Nitin Kareer and the organising Secretary Mr Prashant Sutar , the Dept of Sports and Youth Services, PMC, PCMC , the sponsors , each and every member of the organising committee and the vendors for their rock solid support " he added
The Organising Secretary of the Tie Mr Prashant Sutar added this recognition was possible because of the tennis loving Public of the city who ensured the success of the event and elevated the tie to the next level , he added the award would put more responsibility on the shoulders of the organisers to conduct a super successful Maharashtra Open ATP championships in Jan 2018 . " we also hope that the tennis loving public in Pune and Maharashtra will come out in large numbers to support the event like they did for the historical Davis Cup ties