ITF Division 2 Touring Team to Asian 14U Development Championships
Philippine and Indian players dominated the ITF Asia 14 & under Development Championships at the Rizal Tennis Centre in Manila on 5-15 March. Home player Alberto Lim was head and shoulders above the rest of the field, winning the boys’ singles at both tournaments without dropping a set. Himani Mor and Mihika Yadav from India took the girls’ singles titles at tournament 1 and 2 respectively. India also lifted the challenge trophy being the top ranked nation ahead of the Philippines and China.
For the second consecutive year, the Philippines Lawn Tennis Association (PHILTA) organized Division 1 of the Championships which was appropriately called the “Ajay Pathak Memorial Cup” to honour the late VP of PHILTA and ITF Asian Junior Committee member and his numerous contributions to the development of Asian tennis.
This championship attracted the best 14 and under Asian juniors from China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Thailand and host nation Philippines. Players on the ITF Central Asian team came from Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan whilst the ITF Division 2 team consisted of players from Iran, Singapore, Sri Lanka, UAE, Vietnam and Yemen.
The format of the event consists of two consecutive tournaments using a feed in consolation system in which all players have to play a single match each day, leading to a final overall ranking. Points are awarded for each tournament and added together at the end of the event, to provide the final ranking. This point ranking determines who will qualify to be on the ITF Team to participate in the next ITF development circuit as part of ITF's "pyramid of opportunity".
In her welcome speech at the opening ceremony, Amanda Pathak, wife of the late Mr. Ajay Pathak, commented: “I am very thankful to the ITF for giving PHILTA the opportunity to host this event to honour the memory of Ajay. He understood the importance of this event and his wish to organize it in the Philippines came true in 2012 but sadly he is not with us to enjoy the event once again in Manila. I am looking forward to supporting this event in the future”.