The balmy morning of 21st April saw a bunch of ‘Qui lads warming up alongside scores of other tennis players. Further inquisition (provided you were enterprising enough to do it) would reveal it was all in preparation for our 3rd Invitational Tennis Tournament for boys (and girls!). With participation from 12 schools in total, we looked set for a profoundly enjoyable two days.
Proceedings got underway with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Headmaster and the Bursar. The first round of matches saw our biggest title hope, and defending champion, Kabir Kapur square up against an 8th grader in a (obviously) lopsided contest with the home favorite coasting through without breaking a sweat .
Zealous participation from all competitors ensured the audience had a cracker of a time over the course of the tournament. Spirited performances from the SelaQui contingent enthused everyone as our athletes toiled under the scorching sun to emerge on top. The efforts of our boys were far from prosaic and were exemplary in every way as Kartikeya Puri and Tushar Arya in the doubles category put up a good fight but crashed out against Pathways School and MNSS Rai as did Ansh Agarwal and Kshitij Kaushik after a laudable effort against DPS Khanna. Kabir Kapur and Dhruv Banerjee, showcasing magnificent grit and determination, eventually bowed out after ending up on the wrong side of some edge-of-the-seat thrillers.
After two days of enthralling tennis, the results were as follows:
Boys’ Singles- Mankirat Singh [Rising Star Academy]
Girls’ Singles – Balishta [MNSS Rai]
Runner Up – Jiya Khaturiya
Boys’ Doubles- MNSS Rai
Runner Up – Rising Star Academy
Girls’ Doubles- Pathways School
Runner Up – MNSS Rai
Tournaments such as ours (and the rewards they give) incentivize players and consequently foster tennis talent, and in doing so they provide an invaluable service to the beautiful game that tennis is.
It sure looks like SelaQui has set the tone for an engrossing tennis season ahead.
— Shaurya Veer Singh