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Tennis trouble

Calcutta: The tennis fraternity reacted with surprise and anguish following claims that tennis courts of the Calcutta Cosmopolitan Club were being used as permanent car-parking slots, denying players and aspirants the right to play and practice.

“There has been a forced closure of the two fantastic tennis clay courts at the Calcutta Cosmopolitan Club. The club authorities are using these courts as permanent car-parking slots.

“The tennis players of the club and children have been immensely affected,” a release issued by a group of club members said.

“The entire thing is very unfortunate.

“Shivika Burman, who’s one of the well-known players of the city, had spent some time there helping rookies and aspirants work on their game. They will now miss that opportunity,” said Akhtar Ali.

Club president Subhash Barjatya claimed that all the club members had been informed well in advance about a new building coming up in that slot with two tennis courts on the terrace.