Manas Dhamne likely to be the youngest participant at the Australian Open Boys draw

In the MSLTA B1 Asia-Oceania Tennis Championship organized by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and in association with Pune Metropolitan District Tennis Association and Deccan Gymkhana, India’s Manas Dhamne won the boys’ singles category and Asmi Adkar and Vaishnavi Adkar have won the title in girls’ doubles.

Fifth seed Manas Dhamane defeated sixth seed Aryan Shah in a tiebreak 7-6(4), 6-4 to clinch the boys’ title in the main draw final at the Deccan Gymkhana Tennis Court. This match lasted for 1 hour 40 minutes. In the first set, both the players displayed a spirited game holding their serve and the match went to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak, Manas broke Aryan’s serve in the first game and took a 5-1 lead while maintaining his own serve. Manas then maintained his dominance and won the set 7-6(7-4) to take a step towards the title.

In the second set, Aryan broke Manas’ serve in the very first game and took the lead by holding his own serve. But he could not maintain this lead for long. Manas broke Aryan’s serve in the fourth and tenth games and won the set 6-4 to clinch the title. Manas is in ninth grade at Bishop’s School and trains under coach Riccardo Piatti at the Riccardo Piatti Academy in Italy.

In the girls’ doubles final, the Indian duo of Asmi Adkar and Vaishnavi Adkar defeated Australia’s Lily Fairclough and Zara Larke in a super tiebreak 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 to clinch the title. The match lasted 1 hour 45 minutes. The pair of Lily and Zara took the lead by winning the first set 6-4 against Asmi Adkar and Vaishnavi Adkar. Then the match was stopped due to rain interruption when the score was 5-4 in the second set. After a 15-minute break, Asmi and Vaishnavi played a fast-paced game to win the match 7-5. In the super tiebreak, Asmi and Vaishnavi played brilliantly and won the set 11-9 against Lily and Zara to claim the title.

The singles winners were awarded a trophy, certificate and 300 points, while the runners-up were awarded a trophy, certificate and 210 points. These points ensure that both Manas Dhamne and Aryan Shah qualify for the Australian Open when the 2004 born players are removed from the system on December 31st.

The prize distribution of the tournament was done by PMDTA Secretary Abhishek Tamhane, Deccan Gymkhana Secretary Finance Department Mihir Kelkar, Deccan Gymkhana Tennis Department Secretary and Tournament Co-Director Ashwin Girme, ITF Supervisor Vaishali Shekatkar, PMDTA Himanshu Gosavi.

Main Draw: Singles: (Finals): Boys:
Manas Dhamne (India) [5] v. Aryan Shah (India) [6] 7-6(4), 6-4;

Doubles Final: Asmi Adkar (India) / Vaishnavi Adkar (India) vs Lily Fairclough (Australia) / Zara Larke (Australia) [3] 4-6, 7-5, 11-9.

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