Tata Open donates Aces fund to SOFOSH

Sports Reporter
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

The organisors had pledged to monetize every ace served by players at Tata Open Maharashtra by Rs 5000 per ace to help the NGO for the benefit of the under-privileged.

PUNE: Tata Open Maharashtra organisers, the Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association on Mondya handed over a their contribution cheque to their NGO partner SOFOSH in lieu of the 545 Aces hit by players during the season-opening event held last month.

The organisors had pledged to monetize every ace served by players at Tata Open Maharashtra by Rs 5000 per ace to help the NGO for the benefit of the under-privileged.

The matches saw 545 Aces hit during the event in the singles and doubles event played at the Mhalunge-Balewadi Stadium from December 31 to January 5, 2019.

The runners up of the event Ivo Karlovic served the most 124 aces followed by the winner of the event, the World No 6 Kevin Anderson who hit 76 aces. Among the Indian Players Ramkumar Ramanathan served 29 aces. 

The cheque was handed over to Dr Kavita Kareer, Vice-Chairperson, SOFOSH by the Hon Secretary of MSLTA Sunder Iyer and Tournament Director of Tata Open Maharashtra Prashant Sutar.

“As organisers, we not only wanted to cater to tennis lovers but also make an  impact of such a big tournament in the city towards the society at large. With this initiative, we want to make a difference to the society at large and use the medium of sport in a manner that brings smiles on faces of the affected people  thus we chose to partner SOFOSH and we are truly satisfied that we have been able to deliver what we committed,” said Iyer and Sutar.

DEDICATED
SOFOSH, the Pune-based NGO is dedicated to care, development and rehabilitation of orphans at child-care centre Shreevatsa. TARA SOFOSH DHAPHALE centre in Pimple Gurav is dedicated to nurturing and supporting differently abled children.

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