Wonder Kids From Lucknow All Set To Shine At The Hong Kong Asian Junior Tour 2016.
While everyone is caught up in the glitz and glory of the Rio Olympics, speculating whether Indian athletes will finally be able to bring back the gold this time, the wonder-kids of our nation have made us proud by qualifying for the prestigious Hong Kong Asian Junior Tour, to be held in Hong Kong from 22 August to 27 August.
Players from as many as 15 nations, including China, Germany, France, Thailand and Japan among others will be a part of this tournament. Four players have been selected from India for the tour.
Aryaman Mehta from (Lucknow) and Aditya Chopra from (New Delhi) have made it to the Boys Under 14 Event while Shambhavi Tiwari (Lucknow), Shyla Khattar (New Delhi) and Maitree Dikhsa Raout (Karnatka) will be going for the Girls Under 14 event.
Shambhavi Tiwari (13), a student of C.M.S (Gomti Nagar), has been playing tennis for the last six years. With over five hours of practice every day, this amazingly talented player also manages to do well academically! She has won 23 All India Level Tournaments so far!
14-year-old Aryaman Mehta is from La-Martiniere College. He started playing tennis at the age of 11 to channelize his energy and gradually took a liking to the game. Owing to his hard-work and perseverance, Aryaman has managed to achieve a lot in little time. He was the State Runner Up at Under 16 Tennis Tournament at SRMU University Lucknow this year.
With hours and hours of practice each day, the kids are leaving no stone un-turned to give their best in the upcoming tournament. Shambhavi and Aryaman aim at making their nation proud in the Olympics someday!
Both the athletes belong to Tennis with Prateek.
Coach Prateek Tyagi, who has been running the academy for quite a few years, has been working towards increasing the outreach of the sport, his motto being ‘Tennis for All.’
Tennis is perhaps one of the most popular sports, viewed and followed by millions all over the world. After churning out a few good players, India’s representation in the game at international level has gone down tremendously.
However, things are fast changing. With coaches like Prateek working hard to ensure that these young athletes get enough opportunities at both National as well as International level, the future of Tennis in India seems promising.
We wish the four kids all the best for the upcoming tournament!