The Dharwad District Lawn Tennis Association (DDLTA) was abuzz with excitement as the ITF Dharwad Men’s World Tennis Tour commenced amidst an elaborate inauguration ceremony which was graced by the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including former India cricket captain, Mohd. Azharuddin, and the Hon’ble Minister for Labour and district in charge, Santosh Lad, who jointly inaugurated the tournament. To mark the occasion, Azharuddin and the minister engaged in a thrilling display of tennis skills, playing a few exhilarating rallies that left the audience in awe.
“I am always called for cricketing events. But I am honoured that I have been invited for an event outside of tennis. I am also very pleased at the kind of arrangements made by the organisers and sponsors,” said the former cricketer who has the distinction of scoring three consecutive centuries on his debut.
The prestigious event, featuring a prize purse of US $15,000, has drawn participants from more than 12 countries, setting the stage for intense competition.
The event was further enhanced by the presence of Gurudutta Hegde, the President of DDLTA, Santosh Biradar who is also the Commissioner for Dharwad District, Commissioner of Hubli Dharwad Urban Development Authority and Sandeep Banvi, Hon. Secretary, DDLTA. “The ITF Dharwad Men’s World Tennis Tour is a testament to the global appeal of the sport and the passion it ignites in players and fans alike,” said Mr. Gurudutta Hegde, President of DDLTA. “We are honored to host this event and look forward to witnessing incredible displays of tennis talent over the coming days.”
The main rounds began today with the final slated for Sunday.
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