CITY-BASED Nitin Kirtane won a grand double crown at the AITA National Ranking tournament held at Bangalore from August 29 to September 3, 2016.
In the men’s singles finals top seed Nitin overcame a tricky challenge from talented lefthander Anirudh Chandrashekhar. Anirudh had beaten the second seed Prajwal Dev of Karnataka in the quarter finals and third seed Siddharth Ponnala in the semifinals to advance to the finals.
The finals was a very close match that lasted close to three hours. In the first set, both the players held serves till the eighth game where Anirudh broke Nitin and then held serve to win the first set. Both players southpaws attacked well in the second set also and Anirudh was serving for the match at 5 games to 4 in the second set. However, Nitin turned the tables in this crucial game breaking his younger opponent two times and winning the set set 7-5.
A change in the game plan helped Nitin win the title and the trophy and 15 AITA ranking points along with the winner cheque. This was Nitin s fifth title of the season 3 men’s singles titles and 2 doubles titles.
He will be playing the ITF Futures circuit tournament in Chennai as his next tournament.