The tournament is conducted for the first time under the aegis of Squash Rackets Federation of India (SRFI) and Tamil Nadu Squash Racket Association.
A total of 185 participants from across India have registered and around 120 players are from Tamilnadu itself. The tournament will be played as per the guidelines set by World Squash Federation with each match consisting of five games. Each game will be of 11 points and will be played on best of five
games basis. Around eight officials from SRFI along with National Squash Referees will be visiting as officials to conduct this tournament.
"This initiative is focused on uplifting and promoting squash across
India. The initiative is also aimed at providing the state's best youngsters with world-class sports facilities within a single township. Squash has a great scope in the country and we look forward to hosting more such events to promote healthy competition, great team spirit and healthy citizens' activities; Organising such sports events at the venue ensured that the state-of-the-art infrastructure equipment gets utilized in a way that helps nurture sport talent," concluded Founder and Chairman of Thriveni Academy Foundation and
Development Centre andf CMD of Hiranandani Communities, Dr Niranjan Hiranandani.
The tournament will be played on a knock out basis and will see top players from the Indian circuit vying for the championship title in National Juniors Squash Ranking Tournament of Boys and Girls of U11, U13, U15, U17, National Seniors Squash Ranking Tournament for Men and Women's U19.
The winner of the respective category will receive a huge boost in their rankings in the national and domestic circuit along with monetary reward. Additionally, based on the position received by the top four players in each category, points will be awarded to them which will help them in their rankings in the domestic circuit.
Tamil Nadu's Abhisheka Shannon, ranked number three in India is the top seed in Girls U-15 category, while seven-year old Aroma from Uttar Pradesh is the youngest to represent in the tournament in the U-11 Girls category. In the boys category, Dakshesh Narain from Tamil Nadu and Tejas from Delhi are the top seeds in their respective categories U-11 and U-17 ranked 9th in India.