Dates: 24, 25th August and September 2nd 2019
Venue: Delhi Lawn Tennis Association
IC India would like to acknowledge the support and efforts of DLTA, Col. Chauhan and his team. We would also like to thank Vinay Mohan for introducing and sponsoring Old Monk Beer and Solan Number 1 Single Malt Whiskey at the Cocktails and Dinner event.
There were several high points of this fixture. Starting with the felicitation of Indian Davis Cup legend Jasjit Singh, presence of outstation players such as the IC President Nandan Bal and former national champion Susan Das Chaudhuri, Aditya Khanna’s continuation of fine form by winning the singles and doubles championship, new format in way of random selection of partners for doubles, cocktails and dinner to mark the occasion, the Delhi fixture had it all and has set the benchmark for other fixtures to follow. It was also encouraging to see lady members of the Indian IC, Sangeeta Badhwar and Susan Das Chaudhuri participate. We look forward to having more lady members take part in future events.
There were a total of 22 players who took part in the Doubles Championship. Players were divided into two categories based on their playing ability. A random draw of lots led to the team formation. The categorisation of players ensured teams were fairly balanced. 11 teams were divided into 2 groups of 6 and 5 teams respectively. A round robin followed and the the top teams of each group qualified for the next stage. What was unique about this stage was that rather playing a knock out semi finals, another round robin followed, wherein all the 4 teams played against each other.
The final standings were as follows,
Winner – Aditya Khanna and Arvinder Chatwal
Runner up – Arjun Uppal and Sameer Sharma
3rd Position – Vineet Agarwal and Vipin Sirpaul
4th Position – Anshul Bagai and Vikram Anand
Winner – Aditya Khanna
Runner up – Tushar Jagota
The tournament would not have been possible without the support of DLTA and Col. Chauhan. The arrangements and hospitality were on par as you would expect from any international tournament.