The ITF Division 1 Championships for 2017 was organized a week later, post completion of the Division 2 Championships, at New Delhi’s picturesque R. K Khanna Tennis Stadium.
The ITF / ATF selected a team of top performing players, from Division 2 event, to participate in the Division 1 event in New Delhi comprising of players from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Nepal & Mongolia.
Other teams participating in New Delhi were from Hong Kong; India; Indonesia; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Philippines; South Korea; Thailand; Uzbekistan & Malaysia.
It was to be the turn of Sandeep VM from India, to show case his talent, as he won the first week of ITF Division 1 Championships with the loss of just one set.
Sandeep VM won against another Indian player Divesh Gehlot with a score line of 6 0, 6 4, to take the first weeks honors.
For the third spot, Nishant Dabas of India pipped the challenge of Hon Chun Lee of Hong Kong, who finished fourth in the first week of Division 1 event.
Domination of the Indian Boys was apparent, as all the top three spots were wrested by them.
In the Girls, it was to be the Indonesian player Priska Nugroho who would overshadow the peers in her draw. Priska only dropped one set on her way to the title, beating Thamonpan Jonglertrakul of Thailand 6 0, 6 1.
Third and Fourth spot in the event went to Alexandra Eala of Philippines and Salakthip Ounmuang of Thailand respectively.
The second week of the event saw some tough competition once again.
This week it was Divesh Gahlot’s turn to grab the top honors at the expense of his team mate Nishant Dabas. Both the Indian Boys displayed some great tennis as the finals match went down to the final set. Divesh triumphed 6 7(3), 6 3, 6 2 in the end.
The third spot of the event was taken by Sandeep VM of India as he beat G. Soontinun-Opart of Thailand 7 5, 6 1, with the Thai player finishing fourth. Once again it was the three Indian boys who shared the top honors amongst themselves.
In the Girls category, Priska Nugroho of Indonesia once again came through to win the title with the loss of just one set in the entire week.
Priska this time pipped out Alexandra Eala from Philippines 6 2, 6 2 for the top honors. While the third spot was bagged by the Indian player Sarah Dev, fourth spot went to Salakthip Ounmuang of Thailand once again.
The action now shifts to the Pre Qualifying Events of the Asia Oceania World Junior Tennis Competition and the Junior Davis Cup / Junior Fed Cup events, and the host for this 2017 event would once again be New Delhi’s R. K Khanna Tennis Stadium.
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