Lakshya Sports, in partnership with Amalgam Steel, has introduced Project Grand Slam. It is an initiative designed to foster the development of female tennis players from the grassroots level to the Grand Slam stage. Conceived by Lakshya Vice President Sunder Iyer and Sourav Mishra, Joint Managing Director of Amalgam Steel, the project is committed to providing comprehensive support to selected players, enabling them to transform into internationally acclaimed tennis stars.
Project Grand Slam
Lakshya Sports and Amalgam Steel have unveiled 'Project Grand Slam,' an ambitious initiative focused on discovering and nurturing future female tennis stars in India. With the goal of increasing Indian representation in Junior Grand Slam events, the collaboration aims to support… pic.twitter.com/Or0defxS7z
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Sunder Iyer stated:
“Though this program, we want to see at least four to five girls play at all the junior Grand Slams regularly, and start a new chapter for Indian tennis. This will also help the girls make an entry via the junior wild cards into the professional events.”
Vijay Pandey, president of HR at Amalgam Steel added:
“We believe that sports is essential for holistic development, building character and instilling values such as team work, discipline and resilience. We want to have junior Grand Slam champions from India. Our objective is to give selected players with essential resources and assistance.”
After a thorough evaluation, the project has selected individuals in the 14-15 age category, namely Maaya Rajeshwaran, Prisha Shinde, Kaashvi Sunil, Aishwarya Jadhav, Rishitha Basireddy, Nainika Reddy, Yashika Shokeen, Sejal Bhutada, and Akruti Sonkusare. These chosen players will undergo further assessment in a series of ITF junior events held in India. The final selection process is scheduled for completion by April. Dedicated coaches will attend these events to provide support and evaluate the performance of the players. The project will benefit from the guidance of renowned coach Hemant Bendrey, while coaches S. Narendranath, Shivika Burman, and Namita Bal, along with physios and strength conditioning experts, will accompany the team during the tournaments.
The initiative aims to offer scholarships to support training and competition, facilitate travel and accommodation for tournaments. It enables access to top-notch training facilities, provide coaching assistance during competitions. Moreover, it supplies equipment, gear, and scientific support for effective training and enhanced recovery. The goal of the program is for players to accumulate significant world ranking points through participation in tournaments held in Pune, Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, and Indore. This achievement is intended to qualify selected players to compete in more advanced events in Thailand.