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