ITF lauds MSLTA conduct of India-NZ Davis Cup tie in Pune

PUNE: India’s Davis Cup match against New Zealand, organised by the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) here in February, has been awarded an ‘Above Group Standard Rating’ by the Recognition and Reward (R&R) panel of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

The Rating Panel issued its assessment of MSLTA's efforts after reviewing all the Davis Cup ties held across the world between February and April.

A communication sent to the All India Tennis Association (AITA) after the Rating Panel meeting states: "The panel could see that both the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and the town of Pune relished the opportunity to host this 1st round Davis Cup tie against New Zealand, and worked hard to put on a spectator and player-friendly event which ultimately proved very successful.

“The panel also understood that a considerable amount of time and money was invested in the promotion of the event and also observed the efforts to involve and endorse the local community with the initiatives such as the children’s clinics with free gifts and refreshments, and transporting players in chariots to the draw.

“Therefore, whilst they were not surprised that the stadium was almost at full capacity each day because of these efforts, they felt it was also worth noting that you also enjoyed the highest attended tie of this round. 

“The Panel feels that there is scope for improvement in the general presentation of the tie on site and also in the consistency of using Show Your Colours branding in the promotional materials, but felt a grade of Above Group Standard was thoroughly deserved.” 

The R&R panel, which announces awards for the Davis Cup ties, makes its decisions on various parameters, which includes reports and feedback from ITF supervisors, umpires, players and the visiting nation’s national federation, PTI reports.

AITA secretary general Hiranmoy Chatterjee said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the entire team of MSLTA and everyone, who were involved with the conduct of this tie and for earning this award. It is indeed a job very well done.”

An elated MSLTA president of Bharat Oza said: “We would like to thank the ITF for the prestigious recognition and it is truly a reward for the entire MSLTA and PMDTA teams that put in hard work to ensure a super successful Davis Cup after a gap of 43 years in Pune.”

MSLTA secretary Sunder Iyer added: “The award and recognition gives us confidence and energy to promote the sport of tennis in Maharashtra with vigour and enthusiasm.”