April 9, 2012 2:23:25 am
The dream which began with a pre-quarterfinal appearance at the ITF Junior Tournament Grade IV at Gurgaon in November 2009 has finally been realised. Almost after three years,the lean,sharp and now relieved Ajay Yadav,a strapping young lad of Chandigarh Academy for Rural Tennis (CHART) programme of CLTA,claimed his maiden ITF junior boys title. At the Indore Tennis Club courts,Ajay beat Neeraj Elaangovan 6-3,6-2 in the final to clinch the ITF Juniors Grade V tennis tournament to cement his status as one of the brightest hopes of Chandigarh.
It feels great to win my maiden ITF juniors title. There were a couple of occasions when I came close to winning it but I am glad it has finally come, said Ajay.
However,the long-cherished dream has come at a price: Ajay literally had to cross oceans in his quest. Singapore is his new country now and Melbourne International Tennis School (MITS) his new home.
Ajays statistics this year read: three tournaments,one title and only one match lost.
Blessed with supreme talent,a burly body and height to match for,Ajays potent weapon,double-handed backhand,was noticed by Michael Baroch,head coach at MITS who has coached Maria Sharapova and Mark Philippoussis,and was immediately handed over scholarship to come and train at the island country.
He left CLTA almost six-seven months ago for training in Singapore. It is good that he is on a scholarship. He will learn many more things, said Gurvinder Singh Sahota,the former director (coaching),CLTA.
From Panipat the place Vijayant Malik,another former top player of CLTA,belonged to Ajay was inducted as a CHART trainee. In 2009,he won the doubles title in the national series in New Delhi and was the finalist in the singles category. The same year he had reached the semi-finals of the National Series Tournament in Mumbai in both the singles and doubles categories. He was expected to fill Vijayants place who represented India in Junior Davis Cup in 2003 and World Junior Cup in 2005. VIjayant had also won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune in 2008. However,immediately after Vijayant moved to Siri Fort for better training,Ajay,too,followed suit and moved to Singapore.
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