Kalyanpur triumphs

 Karnataka’s Adil Kalyanpur and Mahak Jain emerged boys and girls champions in the second edition of ‘Rendez-Vous à Roland-Garros at the Delhi Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) here on Friday.

The joint initiative by the French Tennis Federation (FFT) and All India Tennis Association (AITA) saw some of India’s top U-18 players in action on the newly laid clay courts at the DLTA.

Both Adil and Mahak earned their tickets to Paris where they will complete against players from Japan, South Korea, China and Brazil for a wild card entry into the Roland Garros Junior (French Open) in May 2016. Adil, 16, got past Manish Sureshkumar from Tamil Nadu 6-4, 6-4. “It was a terrific experience playing on the red clay. It was a very satisfying week and I will try and better my performance in Paris and hopefully win the wild card into the French Open,” Adil said.

Mahak, 14, defeated Humera Shaik in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. “It feels really special to qualify for the finals, Hope Ican make my country proud in Paris.”

Furthering its support to the MoU signed between AITA and FFT last year, AITA had announced wild card entry to the winners into the Delhi Open earlier this week.

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