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Re: Funding and Sponsorships for Indian Players

Post by Varma » Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:29 am

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In Karman's case, the Gita has an excuse though. It did say, "don't look for results/rewards". If she bombs out, well, we were not supposed to expect anything anyway! :)
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Re: Funding and Sponsorships for Indian Players

Post by VReddy » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:07 pm

Scroll Article on Mahak Jain
She couldn’t make it to the French Open in May due to a lack of funds.
-- Beginning of rant

We had discussed the absence of Mahak, Mihika from the French Open Jrs back then, as they had taken part in Grade B1 event in Pune instead of the GrandSlam. We had assumed that it was possibly driven by lack of clay court exposure that they preferred the Pune event.

Didn't realize funding is an issue here too. I am still a bit puzzled too - Govt is pumping in so much money, State Govts have so many schemes as well, Lodi has been able to allocate dedicated coach / physical trainer for her, etc,. but somehow none of the options work out to send her to the most important (atleast 1 of the 4) event of her career.

If funding is indeed an issue, Corp Sponsor is one thing, but it reflects pretty poorly on the Tennis Officials / Administrators / Players community too. This hardly needs about Rs 1-2 lakhs here - big amt but we are talking about a Grand Slam here. If they are aware and none of them bothered to come forward for a player who has made the cut for a Grand Slam, then the system deserves the current AITA administration.

-- End of rant

I wish we come to know about these issues before. Obviously we can't sponsor a player completely but at the very least could have done our bit for these imp events

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Re: Funding and Sponsorships for Indian Players

Post by sameerph » Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:59 am

A bit surprising to hear that Mahak could not play French open juniors due to lack of funds.

It seems AITA did send a team along with coach for both Wimbledon and US open. This is one of the articles saying that-

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The disappointment apart, Banthia will be supported as part of the junior Grand Slam team for Wimbledon by the All India Tennis Association (AITA).

The AITA has selected three players, with Mahak Jain and Mihika Yadav as the other two, ranked 42nd and 73 among the girls respectively, to travel for a Grade 1 tournament in Britain followed by the Wimbledon junior tournament.

Arati Ponnappa Natekar, who was the coach of the Junior Fed Cup team earlier this season, will be the coach of the squad. The country’s best ranked junior, the 19th ranked Zeel Desai was also offered a chance to be part of the team, but she had reportedly opted to follow her own plans and travel with her coach Todd Clark, who had helped her reach the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.
There is a similar article on US open where 4 of our juniors went.

I don't know why AITA did not do the same for French open. Perhaps because they did not think our players had a chance at French open or because it clashed with Asian juniors.

Anyway, it is unfortunate that Mahak had to miss out on French open and hope she will play there next year.

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Re: Funding and Sponsorships for Indian Players

Post by VReddy » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:37 pm

Brief interview with Vishnu after the doubles win in Shenzhen with Balaji. He called out the support of Sports Authority of Telangana State for the re-birth in his Tennis career as the funds allowed him to go for training stint in Thailand and at the same time, participate in as many as 19 events this year: https://telanganatoday.com/vishnu-balaj ... bles-title

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