Imphal: The 2nd edition of Heisnam Basantakumar Memorial Invitation Tennis Tournament 2022 organised by Imphal District Tennis Association (ITDA) under the aegis of Manipur Tennis Association concluded on Sunday at IDTA complex, here.
Social Welfare minister H. Dingo Singh, and chairman (MANIDCO) Kongkham Robindro, graced the closing -cum- prize distribution function as chief guest and president respectively.
Though Lawn Tennis is an expensive game, the state youth can excell in this particular game, the minister said. He stressed the need to focus on the promotion of the game of Lawn Tennis in the state.
Robindro appreciated the Heisnam family for successfully organising such a prestigious tournament. He appealed each and everyone to extend moral and financial support to the sportspersons of the state.
The five-day long tournament, which carries a total prize money of Rs 2.37 lakh, is considered one of the highest in the local circuit. About 75 players from Assam, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Manipur, including a Manipuri player settled in South Africa competed in seven categories including men’s open singles and doubles, 35+ single and doubles, 45+ single and doubles, and 55+doubles.
Haobam Bushan of Manipur defeated Vilasir Khate of Nagaland in a tough fight in men’s Open Single final and bagged cash prize of Rs 30,000 and running trophy. Bushan had won the same trophy defeating Vilasir Khate in the 1st Edition of the Tournament in 2020.
In Men’s Open doubles final Manipur’s Bushan and Shanker beat Nagaland’s Vilasir Khate and Kennei.
Ribashker beat Premjit and won the 35+ Men’s singles, the pair of Aken and Ribashker defeated Bona and Premjit to win 35+ Men’s double. In the final match of 45+ Men’s double, the pair of Tuleswar and Kangjamba defeated Dr Th. Singh and Gurudarshan. In 45+ Men’s Single, Gurudarshan of Rajasthan emerged champion defeating Manipur’s Th. Tuleswar in the final. In Men’s 55+ double final, a pair of Dilip and Leisemsana beat Ramkumar and Pradeep and emerged champion.