ITF Development officer of Asia, Suresh Menon made a brief development visit to Nepal from 19 – 21 September. Suresh took this opportunity to congratulate Ms. Jyoti Rana the newly elected President of ANLTA. Suresh is looking forward to continuing the same excellent relationship he enjoyed with previous President and committee. He is confident that Nepal tennis will continue to progress further under the able leadership of Ms. Jyothi Rana.
Suresh was saddened to learn about the damage caused by the earthquake to the facilities. Fortunately no loss of life from the tennis playing community although a number of people did lose their property. The earthquake did impede a number of ANLTA planned projects but he was glad to learn ANLTA is pressing ahead with them in 2016.
Fortunately The ANLTA Tennis Complex at Soetbato sustained only minor damage and ANLTA has managed to repair most of it. ANLTA plans to now go ahead to complete 2 more courts. However the Dasarath Rangasala center (DRC) did sustain severe damage. Suresh was quite shocked to learn that the surrounding walls and parapet crashed and the court split resulting in a crevice while Gen. ANLTA General Secretary Mr. Manohar Mool and other members were playing. It’s like something one imagines in movie with the ground shaking and cracking. Thank god no one was severely hurt.
Suresh had the opportunity to be the chief guest at the 7th Kesha Group/ JTI junior tournament. He enjoyed watching the finals of the various age groups and was impressed with the level of some of the juniors (http://www.khelkudnews.com/news/5284 ).
It’s very encouraging to learn that ANLTA has managed to get more sponsors for tournaments As such more senior and junior tournaments continue to be organized with reasonable good prize money. This is most definitely a positive development which should go towards increasing participation in competitions.
Suresh also visited the tennis center in the city of Pokhara. The center has 2 excellent courts and another 2 are presently under construction and will be completed within the next 2 months. There is a lot of land available and the committee has ambitious plans for this facility.
Suresh conducted 2 junior clinics, one for the top 14 & under juniors at the ANLTA center and another with the 10 & under juniors in Pokhara. The JTI is progressing well with many of the junior players in the program going on to represent Nepal in international events. These juniors now need to travel and compete in more ATF and ITF competitions.