Calcutta: The ITF junior circuit is set to renew its relationship with the city. The venue is the same old Dakshin Kalikata Sansad, only the level of competition will be higher than all previous years.
Upgraded to level 3, the Pepsodent-ONGC ITF junior championship has attracted entries from 18 countries including strong tennis nations like Australia, Italy, Russia and Britain.
The highest ranked boy in the field is Indian Chatwinder Singh (No. 173 in ITF’s junior list). Among girls, Thai Montinee Tangphong (No. 152) heads the draw.
Local boy Rupesh Roy, ranked 370, will get a direct entry. The other Indians featuring in the main draw are Navdeep Singh, Vikas Punna and V.M. Ranjeet.
In girls’ singles, as many as 11 Indians should get into the main draw directly. Sanaa Bhambri, ranked 182, will be seeded second.
The qualifying rounds will be gone through Saturday and Sunday. The final is on next Saturday. Ramesh Krishnan’s elder daughter Gayatri will be in the fray.
The four wild cards in the boys’ draw have gone to Jitin Bishnoi, Siddharth Gulati, R. Arun Prakash and Sumit Prakash Gupta. In the girls’ event, local girl Karina Ahuja along with Oormila Ram, Pooja Kommireddi and Uzbekistan’s Elina Arutyunova have been granted wild cards.
The champions will earn 50 rankings points — up by 10 from last year.