The L&T WTA Mumbai Open is all set to kickstart on 3rd February with International Superstars along with the Indian Nationals will be in action at the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai. The tournament tis very crucial for the female Indian contingent as it provides an opportunity to improve their WTA rankings.
Rohan Bopanna’s Asian Games Gold medal partner Rutuja Bhosale, Sahaja Yamalpalli and the former Asian Games Bronze medalist and India’s top seed Ankita Raina will lead the charge in the 3rd season.
Indians aim to soar high at Mumbai Open
With Mumbai Open making it’s return, the Indian female players fixed their target to merit their performance, playing against some world class and high ranked players. The tournaments will also pave a path to support women’s tennis in the country.
Speaking to the press ahead of the event, the Organizing committee members, Sanjay Khandare and Pravin Darade said, “We are happy to get back this world class event back to India with an aim of providing world class competition to our players. We also thank our sponsors, L&T, for coming forward and supporting women’s tennis in the country. I’m sure that having such a major event at the beginning of they year will help our players to improve their ranking and participate in higher level events globally.”
“Our players do no get to play such high-level events due to various reasons and that is why we decided to organise this event here so at least 8 to 10 Indians can get a chance to gain valuable WTA points and thereby improving their world rankings,” Khandare and Darade added.
Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association(MSLTA) Secretary Sunder Iyer updated that the event will commence with qualifying rounds which will be played on the weekend, February 3 and 4. The main draw will start on Monday February 5 with the finals being held on Sunday February 11.
“A 10-member international officiating team led by Australain Open Supervisor Kerrilyn Kramer of Australia, who is the WTA supervisor, will be working at the event. Gold Badge referee Sheetal Iyer of India will be the event while Leena Nageshkar will be the chief officials for the event,” Iyer stated.
MSLTA Chairman Prashanth Sutar, President Bharat Oza and the Chairman of Tennis sub committee of CCI, Sanju Kothari were also present at the pressers and thanked the Maharashtra Government and the sponsors L&T for their support to resume the Mumbai Open after an extensive period.