Third day of the 29th National Junior U-18 Clay Court Tennis Championship at the SDAT Stadium in Egmore, Chennai had a packed schedule that saw as many as eight players play three matches in the space of a few hours.
Denim Yadav, top seed in boys’ singles, beat 15th seed Tanishq Jadhav 6-2, 6-2 in his round of 16 match in an hour and 15 minutes early in the morning. After a little over two hours, both players were back on court in the searing afternoon heat facing each other with Vansh Nandal and Deepam Malik, their respective partners in the round of 16 doubles fixtures.
Top-seeded pair of Denim and Vansh won 6-3, 6-4 in a tie that lasted roughly one-and-a-half-hours to reach the quarterfinals. Another break of two hours and the Denim-Vansh duo was up against Ritvik Nadikude and Nishit Nilesh Rahane in the last-eight encounter.
“I will probably start getting cramps in the middle,” said Denim, before the match.
The other players who, like Denim, played three matches (one singles and two doubles) on Wednesday were Rahane, Daksh Prasad, Kavin Karthik, Rethin Pranav, Aryan Arora, Hannah Nagpal and Anjali Rathi. Everyone, barring Rahane, got some respite as their final match of the day was stopped midway through the second set due to bad light, a factor which has severely affected the schedule.
“They played one singles and two doubles matches. Playing two doubles in one day is nothing since the average duration of a doubles match has reduced with the introduction of a 10-point-match tiebreak in place of third sets, and deciding points at deuce. Two singles and one doubles match would have been a matter of concern,” said Hiten Joshi, CEO of the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association, the host of the six-day tournament concluding on August 20.
“It is not like football where the duration is set. If a match goes on for more than three or four hours, we cannot do much,” he added.
Aniket Wakankar, one of the coaches present at the tournament, felt that three matches in a day was not justified. “Three matches in a day are unnecessary. They should have made some arrangement. Players have come from all over the country to give their best. They should have been given more time for recovery,” he said. “From next time, they should keep the delays in mind.”
Round of 16: Denim Yadav (1), MP, def. Tanishq Mukesh Jadhav, MH, 6-2 6-2; Adhirit Awal, TN, def. Sagar Kumar, DL, 7-6(4) 6-0; Aryan Arora (3), PB, def. Rishi Vandhan Sadeeshkumar, KA, 3-6 7-5 6-3; Gagan Rakesh Vimal, TN, def. Shyam Sundarr Shri Sailesh, TN, 6-2 6-3; Rethin Pranav R S, TN, def. Kavin Karthik S (7), TN, 6-0 6-2; Nishit Nilesh Rahane, MH, def. Jason Michael David, KA, 6-0 6-3; Kriish Ajay Tyagi (6), KA, def. Keerthivassan Suresh, TN, 6-3 7-5; Daksh Prasad, MP, def. Venkat Rishi Batlanki, TS, 4-6 6-4 7-5
Round of 32: Keerthivassan Suresh, TN, def. Viswasenan Navaneethan, TN, 6-1 6-2
Round of 16: Suhitha Maruri (1), KA, def. Maaya Rajeshwaran Revathi, TN, 6-2 6-2; Anjali Rathi (9), HR, def. Janani Ramesh, TN, 3-6 6-1 6-2; Lakshmi Prabha Arunkumar (4), TN, def. Asmi Nihar Adkar, MH, 6-3 6-3; Madhurima Sangramsingh Sawant, MH, def. Nirali Bahadur Padaniya, TS, 6-0 6-1; Tamanna Takoria, HR, def. Hannah Nagpal (6), UP, 6-2 6-3; Ruma Ashutosh Gaikaiwari, MH, def. Chahana Budhbhatti, GJ, 7-5 7-6(5); Sonal Paygonda Patil (8), MH, def. Saumrita Jagatdeo Verma, UP, 7-5 6-1; Vaishnavi Adkar, MH, def. Abhaya Vemuri (15), TS, 6-4 6-1
Round of 32: Abhaya Vemuri (15), TS, def. Pushti Laddha, TS, 6-3 3-6 6-1
Quarterfinals: Vansh Nandal, HR, and Denim Yadav, MP, def. Ritvik Nadikude, TS, and Nishit Nilesh Rahane, MH, 6-3 6-1; Kavin Karthik S and Rakshak Tarun V, TN, def. Siddharth Gowthaman, TN, and Nishant Kumar, HR, 6-3 6-1
Round of 16: Vansh Nandal, HR, and Denim Yadav, MP, def. Tanishq Mukesh Jadhav, MH, and Deepam Malik, DL, 6-3 6-4; Ritvik Nadikude, TS, and Nishit Nilesh Rahane, MH, def. Tejas Ahuja, HR, and Kriish Ajay Tyagi, KA, w.o.; Deep Munim and Daksh Prasad, MP, def. Siddarth Madhavan, TN, and Swastik Sharma, DL, 6-4 7-5; Arjun Premkumar, KA, and Rethin Pranav R S, TN, def. Keshav Goel, WB, and Vaheen Saumilbhai Patel, GJ, 6-1 6-7(4) 10-8; Siddharth Gowthaman, TN, and Nishant Kumar, HR, def. Aarjun Pandit and Arjun Rathi, HR, 6-3 6-2; Kavin Karthik S and Rakshak Tarun V (4), TN, def. Jason Michael David, KA, and Azmeer Shaikh, MH, 6-4 6-2; Adith Amarnath, KA, and Rian Sharma, DL, def. Debasis Sahoo, OD, and Gagan Rakesh Vimal, TN, 3-6 6-3 10-6; Aryan Arora, PB, and Skandha Prasanna Rao, KA, def. Sagar Kumar and Mayank Sharma (2), DL, 6-4 6-4
Round of 16: Asmi Nihar Adkar and Vaishnavi Adkar, MH, def. Suhitha Maruri, KA, and Sonal Paygonda Patil, MH, 6-4 6-2; Shagun Kumari, UP, and Tamanna Panwar, HR, def. Laxmi Siri Dandu, TS, and Harshini Viswanadh, AP, 7-6(9) 3-6 10-6; Hannah Nagpal, UP, and Anjali Rathi, HR, def. Saily Prashant Thakkar and Sakshi Prashant Thakkar, GJ, 7-5 6-3; Harleen Kaur Dhanda, PB, and Durganshi Kumar, DL, def. Charmi Gopinath, KA, and Jennika Jaison, MH, 6-1 6-3; Sreenidhi Balaji, KA, and Aarushi Mahenra Raval, GJ, def. Chahana Budhbhatti, GJ, and Tamanna Takoria, HR, 3-6 6-2 10-2; Lakshmi Prabha Arunkumar and Janani Ramesh, TN, def. Harshini N and Presha Shanthamoorthi (3), KA, 6-0 7-5; Abhaya Vemuri and Apurva Vemuri, TS, def. Aditi Rawat, HR, and Saumrita Jagatdeo Verma, UP, 6-4 6-4; Ruma Ashutosh Gaikaiwari and Madhurima Sangramsingh Sawant, MH, def. Ananya S R, TN, and Harnoor Kaur Sidhu (2), PB, 6-0 6-2