The Annual rankings of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association for the year 2017 which was announced by the MSLTA Ranking committee recently, saw five city players being named as part of the elite group of players in their respective age groups. These include Omi Mehta and Anandi Bhutada ranked 2 and 4 in the Girls Under 10 category. Joining them are former Boys Under 10 topper, Joshua Eapen who is currently ranked 4th in the Boys Under 12 category, Tejasvi Mehra ranked 3rd in the Boys Under 16 category and Gunjan Jadhav who trains at Pune and won the Rs.1 Lakh AITA Men’s doubles title at Patna with Atharva Sharma recently, is ranked 6th in the Boys Under 18 category.
National Sub junior Champion Rutuja Chaphalkar along with India No 5 Men player Arjun Kadhe, India No 4 Women player Rutuja Bhosale, India No 1 Junior Siddhant Banthia, emerged as No 1 ranked Maharashtra Tennis players in their age groups for the year 2017. Mihika Yadav, Aryaan Bhatia, Prerna Vichare, Arjun Gohad , Manas Dhamne, Neel Joglekar, Madhurima Sawant and Asmi Adkar were the other players to emerge No 1.
Pune region however took the honors by finishing with Nine No 1 players in Maharashtra in 2017 which include Arjun Kadhe (Mens Singles), Rutuja Bhosale (Womens Singles), Siddhant Banthia (Boys Under 18), Rutuja Chaphalkar (Girls Under 14), Arjun Gohad (Boys Under 14) Madhurima Sawant (Girls Under 12), Manas Dhamne (Boys Under 12), Neel Joglekar (Boys Under 10) and Asmi Adkar (Girls Under 10). MihikaYadav (Girls Under 18), Aryaan Bhatia (Boys Under 16) and Prerna Vichare (Girls Under 16) were the three No 1 players from Mumbai region.
Hon Secretary of MSLTA Sunder Iyer on the occasion said “The large numbers of events coupled with quality national and international level events have helped our state players to also improve ranking on the national level. The Top 3 players in each group will be felicitated by the MSLTA latter this month in Mumbai at the hands of Dr Jurgen Morhard Consul General of Germany and Mrs Petra Morhard”.
As may be recalled In 2017 MSLTA conducted over 150 tournaments highest by far than any other state on the AITA Calendar which consisted of 10 International events, 93 AITA ranked events (which included the Under 12,14,16,3 Nationals, 5 National Series tournaments, 4 Super Series, 46 Championship Series, 19 Talent Series) 7 Mens and Womens National ranking events , 32 Under 10 State Ranking events along with 4 Veteran events and The All Maharashtra Inter club Championships , Junior tennis league , Road to MSLTA events at the district level. Off these Mumbai region hosted 52 events including 1 international event , Pune Region hosted 19 events which included 6 International events the highest in the country , Kolhapur region hosted 23 events, Navi Mumbai hosted 6 events including 1 international event (at NMSA, Vashi), Nagpur region hosted 8 events, Aurangabad region 11 events , Solapur region 3 events including 1 international event and Nashik region 8 events.
Top 8 ranked players according the year end ranking list.
Boys under 10: 1. Neel Joglekar (Pune), 2. Arnav Paparkar (Pune), 3. Samarth Sahita (Mumbai), 4. Vedant Bhasin (Mumbai), 5. Eashan Meru (Solapur), 6. Raghav Amin (Pune), 7. Sahil Kothari (Mumbai), 8. Jeevan Nadar (Thane).
Girls under 10: 1. Asmi Adkar (Pune), 2. Omi Mehta (Navi Mumbai), 3. Aakanksha Agnihotri (Pune), 4. Anandi Bhutada (Navi Mumbai), 5. Urvee Kate (Mumbai), 6. Nainika Reddy (Solapur), 7. Siya Prasade (Pune), 8. Aishwarya Jadhav (Kolhapur).
Boys under 12: 1. Manas Dhamne (Pune), 2. Prajwal Tewari(Mumbai), 3. Cahir Warik(Mumbai), 4. Joshua Eapen (Navi Mumbai), 5. Jaishnav Shinde (Nashik), 6. Arnav Oruganty (Pune), 7. Hrishikesh Iyer (Mumbai), 8. Anshul Satav (Pune).
Girls under 12: 1. Madhurima Sawant (Pune), 2. Pari Singh (Pune), 3. Anya Jacob (Pune), 4. Khushi Sharma (Pune), 5. Sonal Patil (Kolhapur), 6. Shravani Khawale (Pune), 7. Saina Deshpande (Pune), 8. Sameeksha Shroff (Pune);
Boys under 14: 1. Arjun Gohad (Pune), 2. Girish Chougule (Pune), 3. Faiz Nasyam (Mumbai), 4. Yashraj Dalvi (Pune), 5. Sanmay Gandhi (Pune), 6. Mohammed Khan (Mumbai), 7. Leston Vaz (Mumbai), 8. Vardhan Karkal (Pune).
Girls under 14: 1. Rutuja Chaphalkar (Pune), 2. Sudipta Kumar (Mumbai), 3.Malikaa Marathe (Pune),4. Gargi Pawar (Pune), 5. Hrudaya Shah (Pune), 6. Bhumika Tripathi (Mumbai), 7. Ria Washimkar (Pune), 8. Vaishnavi Adkar (Pune).
Boys under 16: 1.Aryaan Bhatia (Mumbai), 2. Aditya Balsekar (Mumbai), 3. Tejasvi Mehra (Navi Mumbai), 4. Sarvesh Birmane (Pune), 5. Girish Chougule (Pune), 6. Arka Ganguly (Pune), 7. Pratham Bhujbal (Pune), 8. Siddharth Jadli (Pune).
Girls under 16: 1. Prerna Vichare (Mumbai), 2. Salsa Aher (Pune), 3. Richa Chougule (Pune), 4. Sanya Singh (Pune), 5. Bela Tamhankar (Pune), 6. Gauri Bhagia (Mumbai), 7. Gargi Pawar (Pune), 8. Malikaa Marathe (Pune).
Boys under 18: 1. Siddhant Banthia (Pune), 2. Dhruv Sunish (Pune), 3. Atharva Sharma (Pune), 4. Karan Srivastava, 5. Kaivalya Kalamse (Nanded), 6. Gunjan Jadhav (Navi Mumbai), 7. Piyush Salekar (Pune), 8. Abhishek Shukla (Nashik).
Girls under 18: 1. Mihika Yadav (Mumbai), 2. Salsa Aher (Pune), 3. Prerna Vichare (Mumbai), 4. Shivani Ingle (Pune), 5. Malikaa Marathe (Pune), 6. Bela Tamhankar (Pune), 7. Gauri Bhagia (Mumbai), 8. Aaliya Ebrahim (Mumbai).
Mens: 1. Arjun Kadhe (Pune) , 2. Aryan Goveas (Mumbai), 3.Jayesh Pungliya (Pune).
Womens: 1. Rutuja Bhosale (Pune), 2. Kanika Vaidya (Mumbai), 3. Snehal Mane (Pune).