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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Paes becomes VP of Bengal Tennis Association

Kolkata, Nov 30 (PTI) Indian tennis ace Leander Paes has been elected as one of the seven vice-presidents of Bengal Tennis Association (BTA).
The Kolkata ace, who now lives in Mumbai, was not present at AGM yesterday but has accepted the new role, offered to him sometime back.

"Leander has shown keen interest for the development of tennis in this state. So he was a unanimous choice, as were all other office-bearers," BTA secretary Hironmoy Chatterjee, who has been re-elected at their 67th AGM, said in a statement today.

BTA also has two high-profile Vice Presidents in Olympian Chuni Goswami and former Davis Cup coach Akhtar Ali.

"Leander will play an important role to develop the sport in the state. He has different ideas. One is to set up a tennis centre of excellence in the city and we can work together to achieve our goals of producing world-class players," Chatterjee added.

Asked how Paes, who travels throughout the year for his assignments, would manage the demands of the post, Chatterjee said, "We don't expect him to be here for all the time, but he has assured me he will come if there's an important meeting provided he's not playing." Captain Sushil Mehrotra has been appointed President, a post fallen vacant after Manik Goswami's death last month.

The Office Bearers President: Sushil Mehrotra Vice-Presidents: Chuni Goswami, Akhtar Ali, Leander Paes, A K Sinha, P Roy Chowdhury, C V Muralidhar, Hermanprit Singh Secretary: Hironmoy Chatterjee Treasurer: Mihir Mitra. PTI

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Monica Niculescu reaches her all time Best singles ranking #47

RTM's Monica Niculescu has been showing some very consistent results in the WTA Professional Circuit. The consistency of positive results in the last few weeks made Moni jump many spots in the rankings and reach her all time best ranking of #47, with 623 points.
Last week Monica reached the finals of the $100,000 +H event in Krakow, Poland, losing in the finals to Great Britain's Anne Keothavong 6-7(4), 6-4, 3-6. Prior to Krakow, she had positive results with the Semifinals in Bratislava's $100,000 + H; and Semifinals at the $100,000 event in Poitiers, France.
During the week of October 13th in Zurich, Monica had her first career Top 20 win. As a qualifier, reached 2nd round, beating on the way World #12 Anna Chakvetadze of Russia.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Horia Tecau and Yves Allegro win the doubles crown in Eckental, Germany

This past week RTM's Horia Tecau, together with his doubles partner Yves Allegro, won the 30,000 Euros +H Challenger in Eckental, Germany. In the finals this past Sunday, they beat Brazil's Marcio Torres and Great Britain's James Auckland 6-3, 3-6, (10-7).
With the win the doubles team Tecau/Allegro received 1,900 Euros and added 55 points in the ATP Doubles Ranking.
Following the great result and with the points from Eckental, this Monday November 10th Horia reached his all time Best Doubles ranking of #88.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes became the seventh team to qualify for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai

Lukas Dlouhy and Leander Paes became the seventh team to qualify for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai.

The Czech-Indian duo formed their partnership at Roland Garros in May 2008 and at their second tournament reached the Halle final (l. to Youzhny-Zverev).

They also advanced to the Wimbledon semifinals (l. to Nestor-Zimonjic), finished runner-up at the US Open (l. to Bryan-Bryan) before they captured their first title at Bangkok (d. Lipsky-Martin) and were beaten in the Tokyo final (l. to Youzhny-Zverev).

The 25-year-old Dlouhy made his Tennis Masters Cup debut last year, with countryman Martin Damm. The pair went 2-1 in round robin action, but did not qualify for the semifinals.

Paes, 35, is competing at the prestigious circuit finale for the eighth time with his fourth different partner. He made his debut with Indian compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi in 1997 where they pair reached the final (l. to Leach-Stark). They also finished runner-up in 1999 (l. to Lareau-O’Brien) and 2000 (l. to Johnson-Norval). In tandem with Nenad Zimonjic, Paes also advanced to the 2005 final (l. to Llodra-Santoro).