BENGALURU : The Indian Wheelchair Tennis Tour (IWTT) concluded the first official ‘Tabebuia Open Tour’, approved by All India Tennis Association (AITA) for the first time in India.
The tournament began on December 2, 2016, and continued until December 4, 2016, at the Karnataka State Lawn Tennis Association (KSLTA), Cubbon Park. The tournament encountered 40 wheelchair tennis players from across the country in both Singles and Doubles category during the elimination rounds and entry to the finals.
“This is the first time, I am participating in such an event. I am a bit nervous and participating in such an event itself is a big thing for me,” said R. Ganeshan, a participant of the Tabebuia tournament.
The special tournament derived its name from Tabebuia, a vibrant flower that blooms across the city of Bengaluru during winters.
The entire tournament is organised by Astha, an NGO for disabled para-sports. IWTT is a division of Astha that is promoting professional wheelchair tennis. “We have conducted a variety of sports like swimming and chess. They are also planning to initiate para-badminton,” said Sunil Jain, Founder Trustee of Astha.
The entry for the tournament was free on all days of the tournament. All the matches of the tournament took place between 9.00am to 4.30pm.
IWTT designed a two-hour workshop to introduce children with physical disabilities to adapted sports in general and wheelchair tennis in particular. The first workshop was curated by Sunil Jain and Sripadmini and took place on December 3, 2016, from 11am to 1pm at KSLTA Stadium, Cubbon Park.