How Pakistan is taking further care of India’s budding tennis gamers

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How Pakistan is taking further care of India’s budding tennis gamers


New Delhi: From arranging vegetarian meals to reserving apply courts with out asking and beefed up safety, Pakistan is “going out of their manner” to make the eight-member Indian tennis contingent really feel “particular” in Islamabad, which is taking part in host to the Asian U-12 ITF regional qualifying occasion.

A couple of Indian junior tennis gamers have competed throughout the border in a person capability in several ITF Grade occasions however it’s the first time {that a} junior nationwide staff has travelled to Pakistan for a multi-nation match.

The Indian Davis Cup staff has not travelled to the neighbouring nation since 1964 and no senior participant has competed on Pakistan soil for the reason that friendship collection between the 2 nations in November 2007 in Lahore.ADVERTISEMENT
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Clearly, Pakistan is glad to host Indian gamers even when they’re simply 12-year-old girls and boys.

Aarav Chawla, Ojas Mehlawat and Rudra Batham function within the boys’ staff whereas the women’ staff has Maaya Revathi, Harithashree Venkatesh and Janhavi Kajla.

By the way, former nationwide champion Ashutosh Singh, who was a part of the 2007 friendship collection, is with the boys’ staff as a coach.

Ashutosh says having the India flag on their official jerseys had began to draw consideration even earlier than they landed in Pakistan.

“On the Doha airport, a number of folks seen the tricolour on our jerseys they usually received focused on our group. They belonged to Pakistan and had been completely happy to know that we had been headed to Islamabad. If you’re an Indian participant, they wish to discuss to you,” Ashutosh advised PTI from Islamabad.ADVERTISEMENT
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“Earlier than we reached the immigration desk, the Pakistan Tennis Federation had all of the clearances in place. It was clear, they had been completely happy to have us as friends. We additionally had an escort car to the resort.”

“There have been no safety issues. Even the dad and mom of the youngsters had been fairly assured. All the highest gamers of Pakistan like Aqeel Khan are our good pals. They all the time preserve tennis away from politics.”

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Namita Bal, who’s the coach of the women’ staff, was overwhelmed by the particular therapy they’re receiving.

“They’re caring for our tiniest of issues. Janhavi is the lone vegetarian in our group however they’re arranging vegetarian meals for her on daily basis. We’re alleged to e-book our courts and prepare for water however they’re caring for all the pieces,” chuckled Namita.ADVERTISEMENT
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“Not solely this, we arrived a day earlier (Saturday) than the scheduled time and had been alleged to pay for our resort however we had been advised that we don’t must pay. We’re overwhelmed by the heat, love and respect we’re receiving in Pakistan,” added Namita.

“They’re ensuring we don’t really feel as if we’re enemies. They’re calling us 10 occasions a day to ask if we’d like something. They’re going out of their option to make us really feel snug.”

The Indian girls and boys are favourites to win their respective occasions on the ITF Asia 12 & Below Crew Competitors, which is a South Asia Regional Qualifying occasion. The highest two groups will make it to the following spherical, which might be held in Kazakhstan in November.

The Indian boys’ staff blanked Nepal 3-0 and the women’ staff beat Pakistan 2-1 to begin their marketing campaign on an excellent observe on Monday.

Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) President Salim Saifullah Khan advised PTI that they might “like to host the senior Indian groups as properly.”ADVERTISEMENT
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“India has some actually sturdy gamers and taking part in with them will profit our gamers. Will probably be an excellent expertise for our girls and boys to play towards these Indian youngsters.

“Our companies, the particular police drive are alert and taking further care of the Indian squad. All we would like us is that they inform us, if they’re going anyplace. They need to inform us,” he mentioned.

“The junior Indian gamers used to return right here for ITF Grade 4-5 occasions however now they don’t come. We would like that Indian gamers come right here and Pakistan gamers to compete in India,” mentioned Khan, who final got here to India in 2005 when her mom underwent eye surgical procedure in Mumbai.

India’s primary U12 participant Aarav’s father Jitender Chawla, who works within the company world, mentioned he had no apprehensions about sending his son to Pakistan.

“Individuals say numerous issues however when the gamers are there as nationwide friends I don’t really feel there needs to be any drawback. If one thing has to occur can occur anyplace. Aarav was fairly excited to go there.ADVERTISEMENT
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Aarav trains with Aditya Sachdeva, who heads the coaching program at Spherical glass sport in Chandigarh.

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