HCL Announces National Tennis Junior Tour and Masters

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HCL Announces National Tennis Junior Tour and Masters

Winners of the Masters to get trainedat the RafaNadal Academy in Spain

24 August, 2016, Chennai, India:HCL, a leading global conglomerate today announced the launch of HCL Tennis Junior Tour and Masters in the city.The national level tour is scheduled from 29th August to 30th September, 2016 and will witness four championship series (CS 7) tournaments across Chennai, Kolkata, Lucknow and Pune.

HCL Tennis Junior Tour is being organised under the aegis of All India Tennis Association (AITA) and is supported by the respective state tennis associations. Mahesh BhupathiTennis Academies (MBTA) is the Knowledge Partner for the Junior Tour and Masters.

The touris divided into two categories – Singles and Doubles playoffs for U/12 and U/14, for both boys and girls. HCL will organize additional “Plate events’’ in each of the four venues along with the championship series.The “Plate event” will provide an added opportunity to the players in each category to qualify for the main draw.

A total of 16 players in the Singles category (across U/12 and U/14 for both boys and girls) will compete in the HCL Tennis Junior Mastersat the Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida in the week of November 14th, 2016. 14 of these will be selected basis the AITA points collected through the tour, while two winners will be selected from the “Plate events”. The Masters will follow a knockout format and the winners in both U/12 and U/14 categories will be sent to a week-long all-expense paid training session to the RafaNadal Academy in Spain. The runners-up will be sent to MBTA’s high-performance center in Kochi for an all-expenses paid two weeks training program

Speaking on the initiative, Sundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation said, “At HCL our philosophy is to „touch lives‟ and this is also at the heart of our sports initiatives. With the HCL Junior Tour and Masters, we are nurturing talented young players in the country and our association withAITA this year will ensure that the performance of these players counts in their rankings nationally.”

He further added “We brought Tennis to schools in 2015-16 in Delhi and Chennai through HCL Inter School Tennis Challenge that received a phenomenal response in both cities. With the Junior Tour, we are taking tennis to national level for the first time and expect to reach over 1000 talented players across the four zones in the country.”

Gaurav Natekar,Arjuna Awardee and CEO, Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academies said,

“We are happy to continue our association with HCL and to be able to support the young tennis players in the country through tournaments like the HCL Junior Tour andMasters.This tournament will provide an opportunity to the players to improve their AITA ranking and test their mettle in the four zones.This is a unique effort to give the sub juniors a platform to play more matches and preparethem to handle competitive games.”

Bharat Oza, Hon. Executive Vice President & Secretary General, All India Tennis Association, “AITA is happy to associate with a conglomerate like HCL and we welcome their efforts to promote tennis among young players across the country. We look forward to

working together and are confident that this partnership will help strengthen the tennis ecosystem in India.”

The schedule of the HCL Tennis Junior Tour matches is as follows:

Region Dates Venue

Chennai 29th August – 2nd September Nungambakkam Stadium

Kolkata 5th – September – 9th September Bengal Tennis Association

Lucknow 19th September – 23rd September Gomti Stadium

Pune 26th September – 30th September Deccan Gymkhana

About HCL

Founded in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises four companies – HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies, HCL Healthcare and HCL TalentCare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over US $7 billion with more than 110,000 employees from 100 nationalities operating across 31 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India. For further information, visit www.hcl.com.

About MBTA

Mahesh Bhupathi Tennis Academies (MBTA) enters its 10th year and are now looking to focus not only on grass root players but also on developing moreState, National and International level players. Over the years MBTA has produced 7 international players, 65 National players and 120 State level players.

Mr. Gaurav Natekar, former India No. 1, Arjuna Awardee and double Asian Games gold medalist is the CEO and the driving force behind MBTA.

MBTA is a pioneering effort to promote the game of tennis across different levels. By launching our ‘School Tennis Program’ in various schools across India, MBTA has established itself as a force that adopts a systematic and well-planned approach at every stage in the process of tennis coaching. It is customized to the capabilities and needs of each participant and leads to a comprehensive and highly effective graduation process. As part of our continued effort to spread the game of tennis, MBTA has entered into a private partnership with the Government of Kerala for the SMILE project where MBTA conducts the tennis program at three Government Schools in Trivandrum.

The academy also provides consultancy services to various schools, colleges and corporate companies to structure, develop and implement a variety of tennis coaching programs based on their needs.

For more information, log on to: http://www.mbtaworld.com/

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