Mumbai, Dec 21 (UNI) Asia's top international tennis official Nitin Kannamwar of Mumbai and Asia's first women's silver badge referee Sheetal Iyer of Pune have been elevated to the top most officiating positions of Gold Badge Referee by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), becoming the first brother-sister pair to achieve the feat.
This was announced by the Joint Secretary of the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the President of Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), Bharat Oza, through a release issued here today.
Oza said it was indeed a great occasion that two officials from India and from the state have achieved the highest certification in officiating and they would be surely an asset to the development of tennis in the country.
This was intimated to both the officials after the joint annual recertification meeting of members of ITF, ATP and WTA officiating committee. With this Gold badge, both can work as officials at higher level of tournaments, throughout the world.
Nitin Kannamwar, one of Asia's top tennis officials, who is also a Bronze badge chair umpire and Silver Chief of Officials is the only Indian to have worked at all the Grand Slam events and top international events including the Olympics and Asian games.
While Sheetal Iyer who is also a Silver Badge Chief of Officials becomes the first ever Woman Gold Badge referee in Asia, she has been earlier nominated referee and Supervisor for major WTA events in Asia, the Asian Games and Davis Cup Ties, Oza further stated in the release.