Pune, March 9, 2023: Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association honored its players, coaches, officials and various teams representing the State for their performances in the year ended 2022 with scholarships and rewards worth over Rs 17.5 Lakhs at the annual day celebrations of the MSLTA held in Pune.
Players who received awards included International Tennis players Arjun Kadhe , Rutuja Bhosale, Vaishnavi Adkar, Manas Dhamne, Asmi Adkar, Arnav Paparkar & Aishwarya Jadhav along with , Parthsarthi Mundhe, Daksh Patil, Adhiraj Dudhane and Tamanna Nair who emerged as Maharashtra No 1 in their respective age groups in the MSLTA annual rankings.
The awards were given away at the hands of MSLTA President Bharat Oza , Vice Chairman of MSLTA Rajeev Deshpande, Hon Sec of MSLTA Sunder Iyer, Treasurer of MSLTA Sudhir Bhiwapurkar, Jt Secretaries of MSLTA Rajiv Desai and Sheetal Bhosale in a impressive ceremony.
Players who finished Winners and Runners Up at National Championships in 2022 Madhurima Sawant singles and doubles U18 nationals winner at Chennai, doubles runner-up national at Delhi, Samarth Sahita singles winner singles and doubles mini junior nationals U14 at Delhi, Vaishnavi Adkar singles winner and doubles runners up at U18 national at Chennai, Asmi Adkar singles winner nationals U16 at Kolhapur and doubles runner-up at Chennai, Aishwarya Jadhav singles runner-up - mini junior nationals at Delhi and doubles winner nationals U16 at Kolhapur, Arnav Paparkar singles runner-up mini junior nationals at Delhi and doubles winner mini junior nationals U14 at Delhi, Ruma Gaikaiwari doubles winner national U18 at Chennai and doubles runner-up national U18 at Delhi, Aakruti Sonkusare doubles winner nationals u16 at Kolhapur, Vedant Bhasin doubles winner mini junior nationals at Aurangabad, Akanksha Nitture doubles runner-up womens national at Delhi and top 5 players in AITA rankings were rewarded with MSLTA scholarship for coaching worth over Rs.7 lakhs
Maharashtra Coaches Nandan Bal, Hemant Bendrey, Kedar Shah, Prosonjit Paul All of Pune, Arshad Desai of Kolhapur ,Mahesh Shinde of Solapur were given special awards for producing National Champions from the state. Amongst The Officials Gold Badge Official Sheetal Iyer was awarded for being nominated as WTA Supervisor , Riya Chaphekar for becoming an ITF White Badge Chair Umpire at ITF Level 2 School held at Tay Ninh, Vietnam, Sejal Kenia for becoming an ITF White Badge Referee at the ITF Level 2 School held at Amstelveen, Netherlands and Ms. Tejal Kulkarni for being MSLTA Most Promising Tennis Official of the year 2022
MSLTA Also Awarded its players Akansha Nitture , Vaishnavi Adkar, Sudipta Kumar Vaishnavi Adkar, Ruma Gaikawari for winning laurels in Khelo India Youth Games at Haryana . The Mens and Womens Tennis Team comprises . Arjun Kadhe, Anvit Bendre ,Manas Dhamne, Sandesh Kurale , Atharva Sharma, Captain : Sheetal Bhonsale., Coach : Navdeep Singh. Rutuja Bhosale, Akanksha Nitture, Vaishnavi Adkar., Ruma Gaikaiwari. Ishwari Matere Captain : Himanshu Gosavi. 10000 , Coach : Namita Bal. 10000 and Physio Apurva Kularni who won Maximum Number of Medals at the National Games in Gujarat were rewarded with Rs 5 Lakhs on behalf of MSLTA
Arnav Paparkar of Pune who finished No 1 In India in Under 14 event was Awarded Madhav Annigeri Memorial Scholarships for Most outstanding Junior Player from Maharashtra State, Mrs. Nalini Hattikudur Scholarships for Maharashtra Ranked Women’s Players was bagged by Rutuja Bhosale and Akansha Nitture. the Ulka Natekar scholarships for Maharashtra Ranked Men's Players were bagged by Arjun Kadhe and Sandesh Kurale of Kolhapur
Pune zone took the honors by finishing with Nine No 1 players in Maharashtra in 2022, In 2022 MSLTA Conducted over 65 tournaments which consisted of 12 International events (Tata Maharashtra Open ATP 250, 3 ITF Womens, 1 ITF Mens, 2 ITF Juniors & 5 ITF Seniors) 36 AITA ranked events & 17 Under 10 State Ranking events along with Maharashtra District and Zonal Championships. Pune region hosted 30 events including 7 international event the highest in the country, Mumbai Region hosted 13 Tournaments including 2 International events, 6 AITA Ranking and 5 State Ranking tournaments, Kolhapur region hosted 7 events, Aurangabad region hosted 6 events including 1 ITF Seniors event, Navi Mumbai hosted 1 international event, Solapur and Nagpur region hosted 2 events and Nashik region 1 events.