given top seed status for junior tennis nationals
By Shamseer Jaleel
Sanka Athukorale was accorded top seed status in the ongoing Prudential
Assurance-sponsored Junior National Tennis Championship, the forerunner
to the 90th Lafarge Cement senior National Championship which started
at the Sri Lanka Tennis Association (SLTA) courts at GreenPath.
College, Rajagiriya, student’s tally of 976 junior ranking
points earned him top position in the under 18 singles event, while
CIS (Colombo International School) student Rukmal Cooray, with 713
points, was made bottom seed. Royal Institute student Shashivaran
Sabananthan (575) and Anandian Dinusha Wijesuriya (438) were seeded
third and fourth respectively.
But one player not among the seeds, S Nishenderan, cannot be ruled
out of the race for the tournament’s plum title.
S. Thomas College student has been an infrequent participant this
year and hence didn’t muster the ranking points required to
be among the seeds. But Nishenderan is rich in experience having
played in many junior international tournaments last season.
the country’s foremost junior player, Oshada Wijemanne, 17,
deciding to opt out of the Prudential event so as to concentrate
on his bid for the Lafarge national singles title, the battle for
the under 18 title should provide lively competition.
championship has attracted 280 entries and nearly 600 matches are
to be played. The second SAGT-sponsored Wheelchair Tennis Championship
is also being held alongside the Junior Nationals.