Tata Open in Maharashtra: Marin Cilic, a star player, gets a bye in the first round; 15-year-old Manas Dhamne gets a wildcard

Cilic, who is ranked first, will compete in the second round; Ramkumar and Bopanna are two of the seven Indian doubles players competing.

The world number one will compete with the rising Indian star Manas Dhamne. The tennis miracle of 15 years old has been given an extraordinary case for the singles essential draw of South Asia’s only ATP 250 event, which takes place from December 31 to January 7 at the Balewadi Field in Pune. At the fifth Tata Open Maharashtra, Marin Cilic and other international stars will compete.

One of the most recent recipients of that distinction is the Pune-born Asian Junior champion. Dhamne has also been accepted into the Grand Slam Player Grant Program for 2023.

We are overjoyed when Manas Dhamne is chosen as the third wildcard. I am confident that this tournament will significantly advance his career because he is such a talented player. It is unusual for young Indian players to play alongside world-class players at this tournament, which is known for building India’s future and providing opportunities for Indian players. “I am sure Dhamne will impress the crowd with a good show,” Prashant Sutar, Chairman of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and Tournament Director of the Tata Open Maharashtra.

Rapid progress has been made by Manas Dhamne. By providing excellent stages, we want to assist players like him in expanding internationally. He might become the next big thing in India. Dhamne will have a blast competing this year against the big names. “I wish him the best,” said Sunder Iyer, Joint Secretary of the All India Tennis Association and Secretary of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association.

On Thursday, Dhamne celebrated his fifteenth birthday by receiving a secret weapon as a present. At India’s most prestigious tennis competition, the ATP Visit, which is being held in Pune for the fifth year thanks to the Maharashtra State Grass Tennis Association (MSLTA) and the Maharashtra Government, will make its home-town debut.

Dhamne competed in two ITF tournaments this month in Tunisia in addition to the Challenger tournament in Italy in May. With 113 points, American Michael Mmoh won the first round on Monday. Additionally, Marin Cilic won the 2014 US Open and is one of 17 singles players ranked in the Top 100.

In addition to the World No. 2 draw, and on Saturday, the attractions were made available to the entire population. 1 The campaign of Emil Ruusuvuori will begin in the second round. The defending doubles champions, Rohan Bopanna and Ramkumar Ramanathan, will compete against Botic van de Zandschulp, 35, and Sebastian Baez, 43, who both received byes in the first round. Bopanna and van de Zandschulp will compete alongside a Mexican player named Miguel Angel Reyes-Varela on a team that Ramanathan has assembled. Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, the top seeds, will compete against Baez and Luis David Martinez.

At the ceremony, Sanjay Khandare, IAS, Treasurer of the Tata Open Maharashtra, Prashant Sutar, Tournament Director of the Tata Open Maharashtra and Chairman of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association, and Sunder Iyer, Joint Secretary of the All India Tennis Association and Secretary of the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association, were all present. Dhamne and Ruusuvuori were also present at the event.

The prestigious tournament, which is owned by IMG and managed by RISE Worldwide, is sponsored by Tata Motors.

The main draw will take place from January 2 to January 7.

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