Dimapur, February 25: The first edition of Dr. Savizo N Yhome Memorial Tennis Cup was declared open on Thursday by Asa Khate, Nagaland Lawn Tennis Association official and director for the tournament here at Chavino Peseyie Indoor Stadium, Kuda Village, Dimapur in the presence of the friends, family members of late Dr. Savizo N Yhome among others.
Asa Khate in his remark mentioned that the tournament is being sponsored by the friends and family of late Dr. Savizo and if not for the pandemic, players from neighbouring states would also have participated in the tournament.
Describing the tournament as “a golden initiative” he said that this will motivate the players of the state and the region and added that the tournament has the highest prize money yet.
He also talked about the life Dr. Savizo in whose memory the tournament is being organized referring to him as a great tennis player having an undying spirit irrespective of win or loss.
Dr. Kenei Miachieo (IFS) in his speech had said that Dr. Savizo was a bright disciplined person and hoped that the tournament will provide a platform to the players of the state and the region.
Late Dr. Savizo was born on January 3, 1977 and breathed his last on August 19, 2009. He was the fourth among the 13 siblings. During the inaugural ceremony, two rackets that were used by Dr. Savizo were put on display.
Vilhoubeilie Solo, president of KDTA revealed that one of the rackets was gifted to Dr. Savizo by his father when he was four years old and the other racket was the last one he used. He also revealed that it will be a yearly event.
Organised by KDTA and DDTA and hosted by NLTA, a total of 32 players are participating in the first edition of the tournament. The winners of singles and doubles categories of the tournament will receive Rs 50000 and trophy. The runners up, semi-finalists, and quarter-finalists in both the categories will receive cash prizes of Rs 30000, Rs 10000, and Rs 2000 respectively besides trophies.
The tournament will conclude on February 27.
(Page News Service)