Under this,top coaches from Spain to visit CLTA on regular basis,5 CHART trainees to be sent to Spain for exposure trip.
The coming of Spanish coach,Juan Carlos Andrade Hernandez,to the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) has also brought good news to Chandigarh tennis,for the Association has signed a protocol with its Spanish counterpart,Madrid Tennis Foundation (MTA),to give a major push to tennis in the region. On Saturday,Rajan Kashyap,patron in chief of CLTA,and Miguel Diaz Roman,president of MTA,entered into the agreement at a well-attended ceremony at the centre court of the CLTA Stadium in Sector 10.
Also,Bhupinder Singh Hooda,himself an avid tennis player,was present as chief guest on the occasion. Carlos Almazan Fernandez,senior Spanish tennis official,and Carlos Andrarde,also attended the event. Under the protocol,which has been signed for three years,CLTA will receive a big boost. World’s top tennis coaches from Spain will visit CLTA on regular basis to upgrade the training facilities,help the coaches and also teach new techniques to the trainees. It will,in turn,benefit the trainees as they will be exposed to international techniques at their home court.
Also,five lucky players from CLTA’s Chandigarh Academy of Rural Tennis (CHART) would go to Spain for training exposure in global tennis techniques for a period of two to three weeks. MTF will coordinate the training programme. The protocol is also expected to bring CLTA closer to the world’s top international tennis associations.
“Spain’s Madrid Tennis Foundation had been impressed with our CHART programme. Under CHART,players from villages,mainly from North Indian states like Haryana,Punjab and Himachal,are selected and are trained at CLTA,” said Kashyap. Jai Singh Gill,president of CLTA,shared: “Madrid Tennis Foundation is deeply interested in supporting our programme,which has a strong social content,being supportive of village children in India.”
CLTA is also establishing an ambitious project by the name of Chandigarh Centre for Tennis Excellence (CENTEX) for providing basic training to players from outside Chandigarh also. Miguel Diaz Roman,president of Madrid Tennis Foundation,said,”The concept of CENTEX is visionary. The Madrid Tennis Foundation,which is closely linked with Madrid Tennis Association,will be associating with CENTEX,and we will provide maximum support to it. Our expertise lies in providing the best possible and latest training techniques. All this will be made available to CLTA and its different initiatives.”
Currently 450 boys and girls in the age group 4-18 years train in CLTA’s Junior Development Programme. These trainees will stand to benefit from the understanding reached between CLTA and MTF.
On the occasion,to keep the spectators spellbound,a scintillating musical drill was also displayed by trainees of CLTA’s Chandigarh Academy of Rural Tennis (CHART).
Vijayant is now Inspector in Haryana Police
The occasion also brought happy news in Vijayant Malik’s life as Hooda announced that the player would be made an Inspector in the Haryana Police. Vijayant,a former CHART trainee,had applied for post in the Haryana Government and was awaiting the results. Vijayant,from Panipat,was a part of the Indian Davis Cup team for the Republic of Korea tie and was a stand-in player for the Davis Cup tie against Indonesia. After learning the basics of the game at CLTA,Vijayant left for Delhi to train at the Siri Fort almost two and a half years ago. Since then,he has developed into one of the fastest rising talent in India. Recently,he reached the final of the ITF men’s futures tennis tournament in Chandigarh where he lost to eventual winner Saketh Myneni. Meanwhile,Vijayant,on his return to Chandigarh,parterned with CLTA trainee,Ranjit Singh,and the duo took on Vishnu Vardhan and Vivek Shokeen in an exhibition match. They lost the match 5-7.