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MSLTA Activity Report 2019- 2020

MSLTA Activity Report 2019-2020


Dear Friends

It gives me pleasure to present the Secretary’s Report for the year 2019-2020.


  • TATA Open Maharashtra ATP 250 World Tour Championship 2020 , Mhalunge Balewadi Sports Complex , Pune


The third edition of the TATA Open Maharashtra was organized by the MSLTA under the guidance and support of the government of Maharashtra, the event was a huge success and the response of the officials, players and all stakeholders was overwhelming.  

 A galaxy of World ranked players and Dignitaries across political lines came to witness the event which was won by Jiri Vesely from Czech Republic  who defeated  Egor Gerasimov from Belarus in three sets 7-6 (7-2), 5-7, 6-3 in an entertaining final held at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium here in Pune.

A big thanks to our  Vice President  Prashant Sutar for his efforts of getting the government support for the tie without which such grandeur and splendor for the tie would not have been possible  , also a big thanks to TATA Group for their sponsorship


  • Record Number of Tournaments


MSLTA has conducted over 144 tournaments from April 2019 – March 2020  which consisted of 10 International tournaments (which include Tata Open ATP 250,  , 1 KPIT ATP Challenger, 4 $25K ITF Women’s, 1 ITF Juniors and 2 Asian Tournament), 99 AITA ranked events (which included 3 Nationals [Under 12,14,16], 5 National Series tournaments, 9 Super Series, 38 Championship Series, 28 Talent Series) 12 Men & Women National ranking Tournaments, 34 Under 10 State Ranking events along with 3 MSLTA Masters (under 10, 12 and 14) 2 Maharashtra state Ranking Veterans Tournament, 2 MSLTA Junior tennis league (Mumbai and Pune), Mumbai Open Interclub Championship, Road to MSLTA events at the district level and 2 Training Camps for various age group players.

While Mumbai region hosted 43 events including 1 international event, Pune Region Hosted 24 events which included 7 International events the highest in the country, Kolhapur region hosted 25 events, Navi Mumbai hosted 8 events including 1 international event, Nagpur region hosted 13 events, Aurangabad region 15 events, Solapur region 6 events including 1 international event and Nashik region 10 events. The record number of tennis events at all levels are proving to be great motivator for the growth of tennis in the state.

A big thanks to our Vice president Kishor Patil for supporting the KPIT- ATP Challenger for six years in a row and also to all the affiliated clubs for hosting international  and national events .


Maharashtra players  Performances at  National Tournaments


The Annual Rankings and the performances of players at the National level have shown drastic increase which is fruit of well planned and executed events by our association and the affiliate clubs and Gymkhana.  In 2019 4 players finishing either winners or runners-up in National tournaments, it is also a matter of pride for us that 8 players were ranked in top 5 in India out of 8 age groups.


This success has not been achieved overnight but is fruits of almost decade long structured planning; it is not about just sponsorship or monetary rewards but MSLTA’s involvement that goes beyond that to specialized training and unique initiatives



  • Player Achievements

Our emphasis to grow tennis at the grass roots with focus on our junior players is bearing fruits , it  gives immense me  pleasure that  it has been great contribution and team work shown by the entire tennis fraternity across the state .

Rutuja Bhosale was honored with the coveted Shiv Chatrapati award by the Government of Maharashtra.

 Nitten Kirrtane has been awarded the prestigious Dhyan Chand Award instituted by the Government of India.

MSLTA Player Performances:

With Major international events conducted by MSLTA We have been able to give wildcards to our players at these major events hoping that the same may change their fortunes and wishing they make the best of the opportunity. On the player’s front Maharashtra Tennis players to keep making us proud

Manas Dhamne : won the EDDIE HERR ITF U-12 boys single title in Florida, USA, he also won the Asian under-14 tennis at the Sports Boulevard Asian under-14 tennis tournament held at the DLTA Complex. He was also selected for AITA trust Camp in Delhi for a scholarship of Rs. 100,000 each per year.

Arjun Kadhe : lifted the men’s doubles trophy at the ATP Challenger in Chengdu, China. Arjun also finished doubles runner-up at the KPIT MSLTA Challenger  

 Mahak Jain : won the 15K Kenya ITF women’s championship in Nairobi

Siddharth Marathe Wild card Siddharth Marathe won the boys title at the Asian under-14 tennis tournament at the VAN Sports Club in Baliawas.

Ruma Gaikwari:  Selected for AITA trust Camp in Delhi for a scholarship of Rs. 100,000 each per year

National Winner and Runner-ups from Maharashtra


Mahi Khore:  Singles Winner – Mini Junior National at Mumbai

Pari Sagar Chavan : Singles Winner – Mini Junior National at Aurangabad

Cahir Warik : Doubles Winner – Mini Junior National at Aurangabad and Doubles Runner up – Mini Junior National at Delhi        

Siddharth Marathe:  Singles Runner up – Mini Junior National at Aurangabad

Aryan Goveas:   Mens Singles Runner up at Delhi

Prerna Vichare : Doubles Winner – Sub Junior National at Delhi

Vaishnavi Adkar : Doubles Winner – Sub Junior National at Mumbai

Salsa Aher : Doubles Winner – Sub Junior National at Chennai

Rutuja Chaphalkar: Doubles Runner up – Sub Junior National at Mumbai

Hrudaya Shah: Doubles Runner up – Sub Junior National at Mumbai

Sudipta Kumar: Doubles Runner up – Sub Junior National at Delhi        

Bela Tamhankar: Doubles Runner up – Sub Junior National at Chennai

Nainika Reddy:  Doubles Runner up – Mini Junior National at Mumbai

Kheloindia Tennis Tournament 2020
MSLTA player’s performance
Category Medal Players List
Girls under 21 Doubles Gold Snehal Mane and Mihika Yadav
Girls under 21 Singles Bronze Mihika Yadav
Girls under 17 Singles Silver Akanksha Nitture
Girls under 17 Doubles Bronze Sai Bhoyar and Vaishnavi Adkar
Boys under 21 Singles Silver Dhruv Sunish
Boys under 21 Doubles Bronze Dhruv Sunish & Atharva Sharma
Boys u 17 Doubles Silver Yashraj Dalvi & Daksh Agarwal
Boys under 17 Doubles Bronze Anshul Satav & Saheb Sodhi


MSLTA Players who played Grand Slam events in 2019 – 2020:

  • Purav Raja – Played Wimbledon




  1. MSLTA Heroes Camp 2019 at MSLTA, Mumbai

Mens: 1.Purav Raja, 2.Aryan Goveas, 3.Dhruv Sunish, 4.Sahil Gaware, 5.Parikshit Somani, 6.Gunjhan Jadhav, 7.Ishaque Iqbal, 8.Lakshit Sood, 9.Chandril Sood.

Womens: 1.Sania Mirza, 2.Prarthana Thombare, 3.Mihika Yadav

Coaches: 1.Rohan Gajjar, 2.Sagar Ahuja, 3.Manu Bajpai

  1. Road to MSLTA Tennis Training Camp held in Nanded

Nanded: A total 100 tennis players from Aurangabad, Solapur, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Yavatmal, Nashik are participated at Under 10 and 12 Road to MSLTA Tennis Training Camp which is being organized by Nanded District & Lawn Tennis Association held at Nanded.  



  1. MSLTA Organized National Officiating School in Pune

MSLTA in collaboration with International Tennis Federation (ITF) and All India Tennis Association (AITA) organized an ITF National Officiating School at PYC Hindu Gymkhana,Pune. The school was conducted by ITF Gold Badge Referees, Mr. Nitin Kannamwar & Mrs. Sheetal Iyer. Participants were awarded the National Level officiate certificates

  1. MSLTA Supervisor Refresher course


MSLTA conducted a Supervisor Refresher Workshop to keep its supervisor updated with the new rules and regulations and also to give a feel and make them understand the entry procedure of the new MSLTA website. This is part of the ongoing training and education programme initiated by MSLTA for its officials.  . 17 supervisors, Asst supervisors from all over Maharashtra attended the workshop conducted by ITF Gold Badge referee Mrs. Sheetal Iyer at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana, Pune.


Other Initiatives


  1. Junior Tennis Leagues

 Howling Wolves lift 4th MSLTA – Mumbai Open – Junior Tennis League 2019

Howling Wolves edged out Rising Eagles by a solitary game 121-119 to emerge winners at the 4th MSLTA – Mumbai Open – Junior Tennis League 2019 organized by Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) and played at Dr.G.A. Ranade Tennis Centre in Mumbai.

Vepar Speeding Cheetahs lift PMDTA Junior Tennis League Title by a solitary game

Vepar Speeding Cheetahs edged out Kodre Farms Roaring Lions by a solitary game 40-39 to emerge winners at the PMDTA Junior Tennis League organized by Pune Metropolitan District Tennis Association (PMDTA) and played at the PYC Hindu Gymkhana and Deccan Gymkhana Tennis courts.


            Kolhapur Junior Tennis League

After Pune and Mumbai, Kolhapur was the first zone to organize Junior Tennis League. Total 86 players from the Kolhapur zone comprising Kolhapur, Sangli, Ichalkaranji, Satara, Phaltan represented in 6 teams at the Kolhapur Junior tennis   at the Krida Sankul MSLTA tennis complex at Kolhapur

  1. MSLTA Senior Circuit

We at MSLTA believe that Tennis has no age and every player young or old should get an opportunity to play, with this is in mind we have launched a Senior Circuit for 35+, 45+,55+ , 65+ players comprising 10 events and 1 Masters which will be conducted across the state and the smaller centers.

First ever Senior Women’s Event

MSLTA also took lead to conduct the first every senior women’s event, the event was hosted by our affiliate Wodehouse Gymkhana, more than 100 women from all over India in the age group of 35+ participated in the event.

  1. MSLTA ITF Women’s Wildcard Selection Tournament

MSLTA conducted first ITF Womens Wildcard Selection Tournament for state girls ages 15 and above at Pune from 15th – 17th November 2019. Winners were given wildcards at ITF Women’s events conducted in Maharashtra

  1. MSLTA New year card making competition


1st Prize – Kiara D’Souza – Mumbai

2nd Prize – Nainika Reddy – Solapur

  1. MSLTA Masters Tennis Tournament 2019

   MSLTA Masters Tournament was conducted in 3 different region Under 10 event in Kolhapur Sport Association, Kolhapur Under 12 event in MSLTA Tennis Center, Solapur and Under 14 event in MSLTA, Mumbai from  26th December – 27th December 2019. Winners received Rs. 10,000 and 150 MSLTA points, 2nd position received Rs. 8,000 and 100 MSLTA points, 3rd position received Rs. 6,000 and 75 MSLTA points while 4th position received Rs. 4,000 and 75 MSLTA points.


  • MSLTA Annual Scholarship 2019 – 2020

MSLTA   hosted the Annual Scholarship programme 36 Top tennis players from Maharashtra  were awarded the annual MSLTA Annual Scholarship of, top performing players in 2019 -20 . The top 3 players in each age group in the state were awarded scholarships worth over Rs. 12,00,000 apart from the awards the players will also be given funds for international training. Appreciation Awards were presented to Pune Metropolitan District Tennis Association, Pune, Cricket Club of India, Mumbai, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, Solapur District Lawn Tennis Association, Solapur and Navi Mumbai Sports Association, Navi Mumbai, Navnath Shete Sports Academy, Pune. Special Awards were presented to Coaches Hemant Bendrey and Alon Moses for producing National Champions and Aditya Madkekar for producing National Runner-up from Maharashtra.


Officials from Maharashtra

Maharashtra boasts of maximum number of International Tennis officials which include 2 Gold Badge, 3 Bronze Batch, 1 Silver Batch Chief of Official, 1 Chief of Official ,  4 ITF White Badge Referees, 6 ITF White Batch officials and 32 National Supervisors.

     Coaches  from Maharashtra

Maharashtra has 500 AITA registered coaches include 4 Level 7 . 21 Level 5 , 65 Level 4  and 410 Level 3 Coaches   .

Other Ongoing MSLTA Initiatives

  • MSLTA App and Online entry System has become popular with over 2000 registrations.
  • New Website which is vibrant and covers all news, currently it has over 5, 00,000 hits.
  • Use of Social Media like Twitter and Facebook for tournaments and player promotions.
  • Vision programme which supporting 124  players in all age groups  
  • Continuing Education and Courses for Tribal Coaches and Candidates at Nagpur.
  • Racquet Library with a view of donating racquets to players across the state and new district centers to make tennis more affordable to newcomers
  • Financial Help for conduct of National and International events in Maharashtra.

  I would like to thank all our affiliated Members for successfully conducting tournaments of state, national and international ranking.

 I’m also grateful to  

  • ALL India Tennis Association
  • Sponsors, who sponsored our tournaments and players
  • Government of Maharashtra and Department of Sports for their support
  • The Press and Media across Maharashtra for supporting all our activities and promoting the sport of tennis.
  • MSLTA Council Members , Members of MSLTA Sub Committees for their valuable contribution towards growth of tennis in Maharashtra 
  • To the Coaches and Officials and  Secretaries of various affiliated clubs  for the support .


 I would like to place on record my sincere  thanks to  my  Office Bearer Colleagues  Shri Bharat Oza (President ) , Sharad Kannamwar ( Life President ) , Sudhir Bhiwapurkar (Treasurer) , Rajiv Desai and  Rajeev Deshpande ( Jt Secretaries) ,     our Administrative and Office  Staff ,  for their valuable inputs and guidance from time to time.  



Sunder Iyer

Hon. Secretary

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