Chakshu Mahajan wins Srinagar Open title

Chakshu Mahajan being awarded with trophy by a dignitary at Srinagar on Monday.
Chakshu Mahajan being awarded with trophy by a dignitary at Srinagar on Monday.

*Moazzam-Haider retain doubles title

Excelsior Sports Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 12: Chakshu Mahajan won the men’s Single’s title while Moazzam Rashid and Haider Hussain retained their doubles title at this year’s edition of Srinagar Open Tennis Championship, here today.
Mahajan defeated 20-year-old Chirag Dogra in straight sets 6-3, 7-6 in the final match played at Gindun Sports Complex at Rajbagh.
Mahajan had registered an impressive win in the semi finals against local boy and tournament favourite Moazzam Rashid, coming back from one set down to romp home 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 winner.
In the Doubles event, Moazzam and Haider defeated formidable pair of Nadeem Samdani and Jay Kumar in straight sets. The local boys beat the men from CRPF 7-5, 7-6.
In the veteran’s event (45 years and above), Nadeem Samdani won the title, beating Gurmeet Singh 6-0, 6-1.
In the Boy’s U-12 category final, Mohammad Qais prevailed over Mohammad Usman.
More than 40 players — including six from Jammu — participated in the three -day tournament, which is organised annually by District Lawn Tennis Association (DLTA) Srinagar in collaboration with Jammu and Kashmir Lawn Tennis Association.
Tufail Bhat, Joint Secretary of the DLTA Srinagar, thanked the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council for facilitating the smooth conduct of the tournament be providing all possible support and assistance to the association.
“We would like to take this opportunity to request the Sports Council authorities to ramp up the tennis infrastructure at the Gindun Sports Complex,” Bhat said.