Pune: The Recognition and Reward (R&R) Panel of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) which met last week to review the February and April Davis Cup ties across the world, have awarded the prestigious Above Group Standard Rating to the AITA for the Davis Cup Zone Group I 1st Round vs New Zealand conducted by the MSLTA in Pune.
In a communication sent to the All India Tennis Association (AITA ) after the Rating Panel meeting, the panel stated “ We could see that both the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and the town of Pune relished the opportunity to host this 1st round Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, and worked hard to put on a spectator and player-friendly event which ultimately proved very successful.”
“The panel also understood that a considerable amount of time and money was invested in the promotion of the event and also observed the efforts to involve and endorse the local community with the initiatives such as the children’s clinics with free gifts and refreshments, and transporting players in chariots to the Draw.” the letter stated.
Therefore, whilst they were not surprised that the stadium was almost at full capacity each day because of these efforts, they felt it was also worth noting that you also enjoyed the highest attended tie of this round.” The Panel feels that a grade of above group standard was thoroughly deserved, the communication from ITF mentioned.
Deserved accolade for Pune
The R&R panel which announces awards for the Davis Cup ties makes its decisions on various parameters which includes reports and feedback from ITF supervisors, umpires, players and the visiting Nation National Federation.
THe Hon Secretary General of AITA Mr Hiranmoy Chatterjee added “Would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the entire team of MSLTA and everyone who were involved with the conduct of this tie and for earning this award. It is indeed a job very well done. We do sincerely hope that MSLTA will keep up the good work and continue to host all the tournaments in future with same amount of zeal and enthusiasm."
The President of MSLTA Mr Bharat Oza said “We would like to thank the ITF for the prestigious recognition and it is truly a reward for the entire MSLTA and PMDTA teams that put in hard work to ensure a super successful Davis Cup after a gap of 43 years in Pune.”
Hon Secretary of MSLTA Sunder Iyer said the award and recognition gives us confidence and energy to promote the sport of tennis in Maharashtra with vigour and enthusiasm.