Revival of Asian Championship
22nd November 2012
It is pleasure to inform you that Asian Championship is being revived from 2012 after a gap of 4 years. Lawn Tennis Association (LTAT) in collaboration with Asian Tennis Federation(ATF) will organise the event at Bangkok from 1 – 8 December. The total prize money for the Championship is 120,000 USD. The Singles event winners will also be offered with the main draw wildcards for 2013 ATP Thailand Open and WTA Pattaya Open tournaments.
The following officials have been selected for the event:
Referee: Elda Matsuno (JPN)
Bronze Chair Umpires: Alexander Bagdasarov (UZB), Amorn Duangpinkum (THA), Saibal Bannerjee (IND)
White Badge Chair Umpires: Zhou Bing (CHN), Yuko Yamanaka (JPN), Muffi
Factsheet Entry Form Acceptance List
Vishnu Vardhan is Champion again
18th June 2012
Bangalore, 16th June’12: The second seed Vishnu Vardhan, claimed the second successive title when he won the crown again in the $10,000 Toyota ITF Open beating the top seed Ti-Chen 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in a rain hit final which was played under lights in121 minutes at the KSLTA Tennis Stadium here on Saturday. Vishnu had earlier won the title at Mysore last week. The tie at the outset was stopped by heavy showers which caused a delay of 90 minutes with Vardhan leading 2-1, but both the players who took to the court again did not disappoint the fans playing some scintillating Tennis. There was no let-up in Vardhan’s penchant for aces and he served as many as 16 aces in the tie and played strongly on his forehand. There were some minor hiccups in his game which was marked by three double faults and quite a few unforced errors especially in the second set, however, Vishnu pulled through keeping intense focus and a high degree consistency. Ti-Chen was a treat to watch as he essayed some superb volleys and came up with some solid backhand returns and was usually dominant at the net but he seemed to be unsettled by few line calls which went against him and he failed to match the fire power of Vishnu Vardhan who kept him under intense pressure with searing serves.
In the first set Vishnu after a tentative start in the first game which went to three deuces found his rhythm quickly and broke his rival in the fourth and eighth game to take the first set at 6-2. Ti- Chen hit back in the second set when he broke Vishnu in the third game with the latter netting a backhand into the net. Ti-Chen kept the lead intact though Vardhan tried in vain to get back into contention and claimed the set at 6-4. In the decider it was Vardhan all the way who broke his rival in the fourth and sixth games and took virtually an insurmountable lead of 5-1 and closed the match with his big serve in the seventh (6-1).
Vishnu Vardhan took home prize money of $ 1300 and pocketed 18 points while Ti-Chen received $ 900 and earned 12 points
An elated Vishnu Vardhan said, “I am happy to win back to back titles at Mysore and Bangalore and I dedicate this victory to my mother who has come here to watch me play the final. I hope to keep doing well on the circuit”
In the doubles final Ranjeet Virali Murugesan and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan foiled the bid of Arun Prakash Rajagopalan and N. Sriram Balaji for a hat-trick when they defeated the top seeds at 4-6, 6-3, 10-7(super tie break).
Earlier Arun-Prakash and Balaji won doubles title at Mandya and Mysore. The match went into super tie break decider after the two pairs split the first two sets in which Ranjeet and Jeevan came trumps up with a solid display.
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan said, “It was a great week for us and I am grateful to the support of my partner Ranjeet who normally doesn’t play much doubles but decided to pair with me in the event”
The winning duo shared prize money of $ 630 and earned18 points. While Arun Prakash Rajagopalan and N. Sriram Balaji took home $330 and earned 12 points.
Hon’ble Chief Justice, High Court of Karnataka Mr. Justice Vikramjit Sen was the chief guest while Mr. R Ashoka Hon’ble Minister for Home & Transport, Government of Karnataka & Sr. Vice President, KSLTA presided, Mr. Vikram Kirloskar Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd gave away the prizes. Mr. Anil Khanna, President, Asian Tennis Federation & All India Tennis association, Mr. Karti Chidambaram, Vice-President AITA , Mr. C.S. Sunder Raju, Hon Joint Secretary, All India Tennis Association & Hon Secretary KSLTA were the other main guests. Mr. Sunil Yajaman, Tournament Director welcomed the gathering and thanked all involved in making the event a success including the sponsors.
Vishnu Vardhan (IND) beat Ti-Chen (TPE) 6-2, 4-6, 6-1
Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (IND) and Ranjeet Virali Murugesan (IND) beat Arun-Prakash Rajagopalan (IND) and N. Sriram Balaji (IND) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7
Asian Junior Team Cup U/14, Doha, Qatar from 24 - 30 December, 2011
2nd January 2012
Asian Junior Team Championship was successfully concluded on Friday at Doha. 11 teams i.e Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam, UAE, Iran, Kyrgyzstan and 2 host team participated in the Competition.
India lifted the title by defeating Hong Kong 2-0 in the first two singles ties. India will stay back to train and play with the top seed of the Qatar Exxon Open at Doha in the first week of January 2012.
South East Asian(SEA) Games, Indonesia from 13 - 21 November, 2011
Mens Team Event Results
Womens Team Event Results
Iran Tennis 10s Seminar in Tahran from 5-6 October
10th October 2011
Iran Tennis Federation along with ITF organized a technical workshop for National tennis coaches and school teachers to introduce Play & Stay - Tennis 10's Program. 416 coaches
and teachers participated in the workshop that focused on U10 promotion and development specifically. It was Iran's largest tennis educational program in the recent years.
Keeping in mind the promotion-education is an important aspect of tennis development and the participants were benefitted the valuable content from this program. This is the
largest ever reported Tennis 10s' program in Asia. Conducting educational programs of this hand is among important activities to increase participation in tennis and to prepare
the interested teachers and coaches to work on U10 development programs and is one of the best ways of making schools and tennis clubs closer. The number of attendance,
organization and media coverage of both seminars was impressive and similar seminars would be conducted all over Iran in the near future. For coaches education; the growth of this
approach especially on the practical terms where more Play Tennis Courses and on-court sessions would be conducted in order for coaches and sport teachers to gain the experience
required to work with kids in schools and tennis clubs. More qualified persons working with beginners and kids in adequate programs would increase the popularity of the game in
Iran who has already structure and facilities that allow such approach to grow fast. Rules are changing in 2012: kids aged 10&U shall no longer play with regular balls but only
with green, orange and red balls. The timing for such approach by Iranian Tennis Federation was on time!
Players list for the High Performance Training Camp
23rd August 2011
The shortlisted players list is attached as: Players List
ATF/ ITF 14 & Under Team to Europe -
3rd August 2011
A team of 5 boys and 5 girls was selected to participate in the European circuit for 5 weeks. Coaches Chris Pillai(SRI) and Kim(KOR) accompanied the team during the tour. The players performed very well and Asian/ Oceania dominated the circuit throughout. The team claimed 7 titles and made few appearances in the Finals and Semi-Fianls as well. Ku Keon Kang(KOR) and Qiuyu Ye(CHN) were the best performaers among the boys and girls respectively.
BNP Paribas Cup, France 4-10 July, 2011
In boys Singles, Ku Keon Kang(KOR) lost in the Semis to Jumpie Yamasaki(JPN) in a tough 3-setter match while Sahil Deshmukh(IND) and Xufan Zhou(CHN) lost in the second rounds in tough 3-setter matches.
In the girls section, Qiuyu Ye(CHN) lost in the quarters in singles as well as in doubles partnering En-Pei Huang(TPE).
Windmill Cup, Netherlands 11-17 July, 2011
Sahil Deshmukh(IND) and Suhao Zhong(CHN) lost in the Quarters to Marc Polsman(AUS) and Jumpie(JPN) respectively in Singles while in Doubles, Xufan Zhou(CHN)/ Karimov Jurabek(UZB) Pair lost to Japanese pair in the Semis.
In the Girls section, Kim Dabin(KOR) and Qiuyu Ye(CHN) lost to top seed Ivana Jorovic in Semis and Quarters respectively while pair of Arina Folts(UZB) and Qiuyu Ye(CHN) claimed first Title in the Doubles.
Le 13/14 des Hauts-de-Seine, France 18-24 July, 2011
Ku Keon Kang(KOR) and Qiuyu Ye(CHN) both won the Singles Titles in Boys and Girls section. Kang defeated both Yamasaki(JPN) and Polsman(AUS) on his way to claim the Title. It was double for Qiuyu as she won the Doubles title as well pairing with Arina Folts(UZB) while Kang missed the double title as Kang/ Zhou lost to Japanese pair in the Finals. Sahil Deshmukh(IND)/ Suhao Zhong(CHN) also lost in the Semis to the same Japanese pair. Arina Folts(UZB) lost in the semis to Qiuyu while Kim Dabin(KOR) lost in the Quarters in the Singles event.
34 Int. Deutsche Tennismeisterschaft, Germany 25-31 July, 2011
Qiuyu Ye(CHN) continued to dominate in the Girls section winning both Singles and Doubles Title. Asian pairs again dominated in the Boys Doubles as Kang/ Deshmukh pair won the Doubles title while Chinese pair lost in the Semis to the Asian Pair. Huang(TPE)/ Reddy(IND) pair lost in the Quarters.
Lapperre Young Champions Cup, Belgium 1-6 August, 2011
Chinese, Koreans and an Indian boy left for Prostejov for WJTC Finals. Snehadevi Reddy(IND) reached Finals in the Singles Event.
World Junior Tennis Competition(WJTC) Finals, Prostejov
3rd August 2011
Four Asian countries namely Korea, Japan, India and China are participating in the WJTC Finals at Prostejov from 1 to 6 August, 2011. Korea has booked a birth in the top four by beating all 3 teams Belarus, Argentina and Morocco in their group while China and India finished 2nd in their group and booked a place in the top 8.
China defeated Brazil, Italy and lost to USA while India beat Canada, Spain and lost to Romania in their respective groups.Japan is still fighting with Columbia for a place in the top 8. Japan defeated France and lost to Czech Republic.
Korea creates History by winning WJTC(Boys) Finals at Prostejov
WJTC Finals was totally an Asian affair.Korea defeated Japan 2-1 in the WJTC Finals to win their first ever World Junior Tennis Title at Prostejov. It was a tough tie and it was the first occasion for both the teams to reach the finals. After 1-1 in singles, the players fought for the doubles decider. It was a tight affair extending to third set but in the end Koreans won the tie.
It was again an Asian affair between India and China for 5th and 6th positions. India won 2-1 and placed 5th while China was placed 6th.
In the Girls section, Korea, China, Australia and New Zealand participated in the WJTC(Girls) Finals. Serbia won the girls Title while Australia, China, New Zealand and Korea were placed at 6, 11, 12 and 13 position respectively.
ATF/ ITF 16 & Under Team to Europe
17th June 2011
Memorial Tato Serina, Crema, Italy: 13-19 June
Krittin Koaykul(THA) reached semi-finals. Chi-Shan-Jao(TPE) lost in the quarter-finals. Krittin and Jao will play doubles finals tomorrow. Jurence Zosimo(PHI) lost in the first round in both singles and doubles.
While in the Girls section, Hsu(TPE) and Apichaya(THA) reached semi-finals and will clash each other for a berth in the finals. They lost in the semi-finals in doubles.
Torneo Dell&guot;Avvenire, Milan, Italy : 6-12 June
Krittin Koaykul(THA) lost in the semi-finals among boys while Hsu(TPE) reached second round in the girls section. All other players lost in the first round while doubles were cancelled due to bad weather.
Citta di Montecatini, Montecatini, Italy : 30 May-5 June
Krittin(THA) and Jao(TPE) won the doubles title. Hsu(TPE) reached semi-finals. Apichaya(THA) lost in the second round while Jao(TPE) and Krittin(THA) lost in the pre-quarters. Jurence(PHI) lost in the first round.
Next ATF AGM at Tashkent on 11th June, 2011
10th May 2011
The notice for the AGM is attached as: Notice for the ATF AGM
Junior Davis Cup in New Delhi, India
19th April 2011
Asia/ Oceania Final Qualifying Junior Davis Cup is being hosted at R. K. Khanna Tennis Stadium, New Delhi, India. Players from 16 countries are competing to earn a place in World Group. 4 teams will be selected to participate in Junior Davis Cup to be held in Mexico from 27th September to 2nd October, 2011. Shri. Ajay Makan, Honourable Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports inaugurated the event and motivated all the youngsters to give their best and play for the spirit of the game. The excellencies, the Ambassadors of Japan and Uzbekistan also graced the event. The Ambassador of Phippines visited the complex today.
Sania-Vesnina wins doubles' title in Indian Wells
21st March 2011
Sania Mirza and her American partner Elena Vesnina clinched their first title at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open teaming up in just their third WTA event with a 6-0, 7-5 victory over eighth-seeded Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy. Mirza and Vesnina raced through the opening set in 24 minutes before the Americans countered with three straight games to start the second. Mattek-Sands and Shaughnessy broke for a second time to build a 5-1 lead, but the Indian-Russian duo came back strong, winning the final six games to clinch the title.
Mirza and Vesnina, who were quarterfinalists at Dubai and Doha in February, were unseeded here but they lost just 19 games in their first four matches, including a surprise 6-2 6-3 upset over seventh seeds Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.This was Sania's 10th WTA doubles title, Vesnina picked up her fourth.
Peng advances to Quarter-finals in Indian Wells
17th March 2011
Shuai Peng (CHN) joins the big League. She defeated 18th seed Nadia Petrova (RUS) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 to st up a date Maria Sharapova(RUS) for a berth in Semi-finals. She is the only unseeded player left in the draw and is having an upperhand over her opponent. Sharapova is playing her first tournament in five weeks after the illness. While Peng is playing her fifth quarterfinal (from her seventh tournament) as well as she won their last meeting (at Beijing last year) in straight sets.
Sania Mirza(IND) and Russian partner booked a berth in Semi-fianls defeating Poland pair Klaudia Jans/Alicja Rosolska 6-4,6-1 while Shvedova(KAZ) and partner lost to Hantuchova(SVK)/ Radwanska(POL) 6-1, 6-0 in women's doubles.
Somdev Devvarman(IND) went down fighting top seed Rafael Nadal() 7-5, 6-4. In the Men's doubles, upcoming pair Rohan Bopanna(IND)/ Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi(PAK) advanced to Semi-finals defeating Serbian pair Djokovic / Troicki 6-1, 7-6(5) comfortably.
Bopanna and Qureshi stunned Paes and Bhupathi in Indian Wells
16th March 2011
Rohan Bopanna(IND)/ Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi(PAK) stunned Leander Paes/ Mahesh Bhupathi(IND) in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. Bopanna and Qureshi showed greater grit in their play. This Asian pair is determined to take Asia to the next level after this famed pair. They clash with Serbian pair Novak Djokovic/ Viktor Troicki for a berth in a Semifinal.
In Men's Singles, Somdev Devvarman (IND) knocked out Xavier Malisse 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(5). Somdev, who is playing his third main draw here, was down 2-5 in the tie break when he reeled off five points to clinch the set and match and set up a Pre-Quarterfinal encounter with World No. 1 Rafael Nadal.
In Women's Singles, Shuai Peng(CHN) defeated qualifier Lucie Hradecka(CZE) in a three-setter 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 and set up a Pre-Quarterfinal encounter with Nadia Petrova(RUS) while Sania Mirza(IND)/ Elena Vesnina(RUS) entered Quarter-finals defeating Czech Republic pair of Lucie Hradecka/ Andrea Hlavackova 6-2, 6-3.
Asians in BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells
14th March 2011
The BNP Paribas Open, first of nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events started in California from 7th March, 2011. The 12 day tournament showcases the best men and women players at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
In the Men's section, 7 Asians(5 based on their ranking points while 2 played qualifying matches) got entry in the singles main draw. Somdev Devvarman, IND, the only Asian left in the tournament defeated 19th ranked Marcos Baghdatis, CYP in straight sets 7-5, 6-0 in the second round. In the doubles Pre-Quarter Finals 2 Asian pairs, Mahesh Bhupathi(IND)/ Leander(IND) Paes 3rd ranked and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi(PAK)/ Rohan Bopanna(IND) are going to clash for a berth in the Quarter-finals.
In the women's section, 10 Asians(2 qualified) played in the singles main draw. Shuai Peng, CHN is the only Asian who entered the third round by beating 7th seeded Li Na by 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. While in doubles, 8 women's got berth in the main draw. Yaroslava Shvedova(KAZ)/ Vania King(USA) have reached quarter-finals while 2 Asians Sania Mirza(IND)/ Elena Vesnina(RUS) and Chia-Jung Chuang(TPE)/ Alexandra Dulgheru(ROU) still have to play their pre-quarter finals.
2011 Davis Cup World Group (First Round)
8th March 2011
This year two countries from Asia had qualified for the Elite World Group. The First Round ties were held from 4-6 March. It was India’s 2nd consecutive year in the World Group whereas Kazakhstan have made their debut in its history.
Kazakhstan(KAZ) beat Czech Republic(CZE) 3-2 in an away tie.
Kazakhstan - Andrey Golubev, Mikhail Kukushkin, Yuriy Schukin, Evgeny Korolev
Czech Republic - Tomas Berdych, Jan Hajek, Jiri Vesely, Lukas Dlouhy
Ist Singles: A. Golubev(KAZ) beat J. Hajek(CZE) 7-6(4), 6-7(3), 1- 6, 7-6(4), 6-3
2nd Singles: T. Berdych(CZE) beat M. Kukushkin(KAZ) 7-6(5), 6-2, 6-3
Doubles: T. Berdych/ L. Dlouhy(CZE) beat E. Korolev/ Y. Schukin(KAZ) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4)
3rd Singles: A. Golubev(KAZ) beat T. Berdych(CZE) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
4th Singles: M. Kukushkin(KAZ) beat J. Hajek(CZE) 6-4, 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 6-0
India(IND) lost to Serbia(SRB), the defending Champions 1-4 in an away tie.
India - Somdev Devvarman, Karan Rastogi, Yuki Bhambri, Rohan Bopanna
Serbia - Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic, Ilija Bozoljac, Nenad Zimonjic
Ist Singles: V. Troicki(SRB) beat R. Bopanna(IND) 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 3-6, 6-3
2nd Singles: S. Devvarman(IND) beat J. Tipsarevic(SRB) 7-5, 7-5, 7-6(3)
Doubles: I. Bozoljac /N. Zimonjic(SRB) beat R. Bopanna /S. Devvarman(IND) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(10)
3rd Singles: Viktor Troicki(SRB) beat S. Devvarman(IND) 6-4, 6-2, 7-5
4th Singles: J. Tipsarevic(SRB) beat K. Rastogi(IND) 6-0, 6-1
Kazakhstan will be facing Argentina in the Quarterfinals World Group tie in July, 2011 while India will contest in the World Group play-offs to retain its position in the World Group for the next year.
Bhupathi-Paes Face Bryans Hurdle In Career Grand Slam Bid
27th January 2011
Third seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes will attempt to complete a career Grand Slam when they face off against four-time champions and top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in Saturday's Australian Open doubles final.
The Bryans dismissed the unseeded duo of Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-3, 6-2 in 54 minutes Thursday, winning three of five break point chances to cruise into their seventh Melbourne final in eight years.
Bhupathi and Paes were made to work harder for their place in the championship match, prevailing against No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes.
Nestor made an uncharacteristic error in the sixth game of the decisive set, pushing a floating backhand volley wide to give the Indians a break point chance, and Bhupathi capitalised as he hit a scorching forehand winner off a big Nestor first serve. Bhupathi then rallied from 15/40 on his serve in the final game, including an ace out wide past Nestor to get to deuce.
Bhupathi, 36, and Paes, 37, reunited this season with hopes of completing a career Grand Slam. Both players have won three of the four majors, but have twice come short of winning the Australian Open title. They were runners-up together in 1999, and Paes also reached the final in 2006 with Martin Damm and Bhupathi in 2009 with Mark Knowles .
Kunieda-Scheffers win Australian Open men's doubles
28th January 2011
In the men's doubles final Shingo Kunieda and Maikel Scheffers came from 3-1 down to take the first set against French second seeds Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer. Houdet and Peifer then held a slender 2-1 second set lead, but Kunieda and Scheffers won five of the next six games to wrap up a 63 63 victory in 67 minutes.
Level 1 Coaches Course in Gimcheon, Korea
21st January 2011
Korea Tennis Association's (KTA) bold initiative to reform coaches' education continues to move at a rapid pace. The KTA organized the first ever course for coaching beginner/intermediate players in September 2010. The KTA in conjunction with ITF has organized its second Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Players Course within a span of 6 months. Despite the unusual subzero temperatures, a total of 18 coaches participated in the course which was conducted by the ITF expert and Development Officer for Asia. The Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Players Course,conducted from the 8-15 January 2011, included the participation of some of the most experienced coaches from elementary, middle and high schools. The course participants also included former top players of Korea such as Shin Han Cheol, Sohn Seung-Ri and Ha Ji Sun. In order to take ownership of future coaches' education program, the KTA organized a tutor's course prior to the coaches'course. Suresh Menon conducted the course with Korean tutors Han Min Kyu, Lee Jeong Myung, Lee and Jung Sok
The course was organized in the Gimcheon, a scenic, picturesque city 4 hours by car from Seoul. The course was supported by the city officials who offered their modern tennis facility consisting of 4 indoor courts and 18 outdoor located in a sport hub.
The participants spend nine days trying to master all aspects of beginner/intermediate tennis which includes such topics technique, tactics, psychology, fitness training, coaching diagnosis and correction, communication, etc. The Korean Tennis Federation ensured that all the course material was translated into Korean and 2 translators were present throughout the course.
Suresh Menon commented, “The first course was well received and a success. The program has acted as a catalyst and Korean coaches now see the importance of coaches' education. After participating in the first course, 8 coaches attended the Asian Coaches Conference in Subic, Philippines, a first for Korean coaches. Language was always seen to be the barrier but Korean coaches are now getting past that in the pursuit to update themselves.”
Joon Ho Rhee, Vice President of Player Development and Coaching for KTA was pleased with the response to the second Coaching Beginner & Intermediate Players Course in Korea. He made the following comments regarding the course, “Plans are already underway to organize a third course to be conducted by the local tutors. The KTA is also planning to organize an advanced coach's course at the end of the year and also identify coaches that will participate in the ITF World-Wide coaches' conference. "
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