Ultra-modern tennis facilities created in Pune for CYG

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Pune, May 4: Ultra-modern facilities for tennis have been created at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex near here in preparation for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2008.

With the creation of such ultra-modern facilities, prestigious tournaments like Davis Cup and Federation Cup can now be played here, according to a Power Point presentation made under the aegis of the CYG Press Club here today. The presentation was made by Mr Sundar Iyer and technical delegate Sharad Kannamwar. Iyer informed that six ''plexicushion'' courts, used in Australian and US Open tennis tournaments, and a center court will be employed for the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG).

The stadium housing the centre court will have a sitting capacity of 3800. Besides, there would be a gymnasium, a special physio room for players, a rest room and players lounge.

''When completed, the venue will have the best facilities, comparable to the world standards, and could be used for hosting prestigious tournaments like the Davis Cup, Federation Cup and even ATF and WTA tournaments,'' Mr Iyer and Mr Kannamwar asserted.

The two informed that digital display screens with re-play facilities, plasma TV, electronic score boards, live play repeaters in technical officials room, timing clocks on courts, and ''intelligent'' umpires chairs are among the other facilities to be provided.

A total of 24 internationally-qualified tennis officials from across the country will be deployed for the tennis event. Mr Puneet Gupta has been nominated as competition supervisor while Nitin Kannamwar will be the tournament referee assisted by international referee Sheetal Iyer. There will be 40 linesmen, 40 ball boys and 30 volunteers.

UNI

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