Have you ever come back from work, sat in front of the television and wondered where you could have reached had you continued to pursue the sport that you played as a child?
It is a thought that sadly remains in the minds of most people in India. While most of us played sports as a child, we eventually had to push aside any dreams and aspirations that we may have held then and dive straight into the educational rat race that exists in our country.
But we can no longer use that as excuse to stop ourselves from playing the game that still love. It does not matter how well we play as long as we get up and just play!
Sporting facilities are increasing in number all over the country, as the perennial problems of lack of knowledge and accessibility are slowly fading away. Sports is much more than just having fun. Playing for an hour or two every weekend can provide more health benefits than any medication that your personal doctor could prescribe!
Hudle is a tournament organizer based out of New Delhi that provides you just that. Their motive is to promote sport as a way of life and encourage working professional and college students to continue playing their favourite sports irrespective of how good they are at it.
They organized a tennis tournament, The Tennis Hudle at the R.K.Khanna Tennis complex in New Delhi which provided an opportunity to people of all ages to come out and basically have a fun day out playing tennis.
Women’s Singles, Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles were the three categories that were on display, as players from near and far came out to test their mettle against some of the best players in the region.
There were 48 participants divided in 16 groups of three for the Men’s Singles as the winner from each group would enter the draw for the pre-quarters. We had some wonderful performances as the likes of Aditya Thapliyal, Gautam Narula, Gagan Gaurav & Shashi Singh topped their respective groups and went on to the pre-quarters.
The biggest shock of the day came when defending champion Sahil Rikhy got knocked out in the group stage, while top seed Charanjit Jassar continued his fine form to reach the quarter finals for the fourth consecutive year.
Bhargav Mansatta, Abhishek Saroha & Vaibhav Jaggi were three players that really caught the eye during the competition and will be ones to look out for in future editions.
In the end, Punar Bhasin’s powerful serve and forehand were too much for the others to handle as he emerged as the men’s singles champion of The Tennis Hudle.
The Women’s Singles competition was very exciting as some of the best female talent in and around New Delhi participated in the event.
While there were several great performances, the Arya sisters Himangi and Shubha proved to be too good for the others as they made it to the final.
In what was an extremely tight contest, Himangi just managed to edge out her sister as she deservedly picked up the Women’s singles crown.
The final event was the Men’s Doubles which saw 24 teams take part in it. The amount of talent that was on show was something to behold, as the likes of Prasenjit Chakravarti, Charanjit Jassar, Laxman Singh, Abhinav Pincha and Satish Ramakrishnan really shone out from among the crowd.
But eventually the team of Reagan Rathore & Shourya Singh proved to be too strong for the rest. They beat Punar Bhasin & Nitesh Sharma in closely fought final and became the Men’s doubles champions.
It was wonderful event that really had the players and the spectators wanting for more. And if all goes well, you can be sure to see more such events organized by the Tennis Hudle!
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Contact Hudle – [email protected] or 9999766555
Hudle is an organization which conducts sporting events in various sports to provide a professional playing experience for the amateur sports person and sports enthusiasts. They also conduct corporate engagement programs centred around sports. To know more about Hudle, please visit their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hudleindia/) or website (www.hudle.in)