Top Asian and some European paddlers will vie for top honour in the $100,000 Indian Open to be held here from June 16-20 as a test event for the table tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games.
Table Tennis Federation of India secretary-general Dhanraj Choudhary said the ITTF pro-tour tournament to be held at Yamuna Sports Complex, and sanctioned by the International Table Tennis Federation, would be the highest prize money TT event in the country. “The event will also give us a chance to see our players pitted against the top players in the continent as well as from Europe. This will, in turn, help us pick our teams for various championships, including the Asian Games in Guangzhou,” said Choudhary.
Wales, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong have already sent in their entries while China, Korea, Germany and Spain are yet to confirm.
“We expect over 200 entries from 25 countries. All the participation nations have assured to send their top players. Since the purse is big, top players of most nations will clamour for the event,” said Choudhary.
Nedlord top seed
Mumbai: Delhi’s Yannick Nedlord was given top billing in the Rs 2,60,000 prize money All India Men’s Open tennis tournament scheduled from April 24-May 2.
While the top 20 men’s players have been seeded for the main draw, 46 others have registered for the qualifying rounds, which will be held on April 24 and 25.