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Youngsters take tennis tips
- Curtains down on five-day clinic hosted by Tata Steel

Dhanbad, Nov. 18: It was a clinic with a difference where patients were junior tennis professionals and doctors were Indian Tennis Federation (ITF)-certified coaches D. Das and Bipul Kumar and fitness in-charge of Bengal Tennis Association Sabyasachi Guha.

And the prescription? Lots of expert tips on co-ordination skills and of course, other technicalities.

The event was a five-day lawn tennis clinic organised by the Digwadih Club of Tata Steel, Jharia division, from November 14 to 18. The training session, part of a Jharkhand Tennis Development project under which altogether eight tennis clinics had been held in Dhanbad since 2008, saw participation from about a dozen top-ranking junior tennis players from the eastern region. Some of the big names were Tenzing Bhutia and Tulana Nan of Bengal, Dipu Bodh Thakur of Assam and Surya Salem and Ashish Sinha of Jharkhand.

Special sessions were also organised for local children. About a dozen children picked up co-ordination skills and other nuances of the game.

While Das and Kumar trained both the budding players and the local amateurs, Guha offered tips on physical fitness to the professionals. Tenzing gave an exemplary performance during the endurance test held on the fourth day of the camp.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Kumar, the former chief of Tata Steel Tennis Training Centre in Jamshedpur, said the junior players were taught about strategic approaches. “They were also told about the beep test and cross country training,” he added.

“The skills displayed by our players show that they have evolved a lot in the past one year,” Guha said, adding that the number of local kids who participated at the special sessions was also more when compared to last year.

Abhimanshu Borthakur, one of the players from Assam, said: “We got to see a match between Pete Sampras and Jim Courier on the third day of the clinic. It was an amazing experience. We could study the strengths and weaknesses of both the players.”

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