Asian Video games bronze medallists Ankita Raina and Prajnesh Gunneswaran have been nominated for the distinguished Arjuna award by the nationwide tennis federation, which has additionally despatched names of Balram Singh and Enrico Piperno for the Dhyanchand honour.
Ankita and Prajnesh each gained singles bronze medals on the 2018 Asian Video games held in Jakarta and Palembang.
Ankita is now nation’s best-ranked singles (182) and doubles (95) participant and is ready to make his Olympic debut on the Tokyo Video games subsequent month.
“This yr we’ve nominated Ankita and Prajnesh for Arjuna whereas the names of very revered Balram sir and Enrico Piperno have been despatched for all times time achievement honour, Dhyanchand,” an All Indian Tennis Affiliation (AITA) official informed PTI.
The 28-year-old Ankita has been India’s key participant within the Billie Jean King Cup workforce for the final three years.
She was nominated for the ‘Arjuna’ final yr additionally however Asian Video games gold medallist Divij Sharan succeeded in bagging the award.
Prajnesh is among the most mature gamers within the present Indian technology. Had he not misplaced 5 essential years to knee stress fractures, his profession would have been an altogether totally different story.
The 31-year-old left-hander from Chennai, ranked 148 on the ATP charts, has performed 5 Davis Cup ties for the nation.
Within the Lifetime achievement class, Balram Singh, who has a 50 year-long affiliation with the Indian tennis, will vie for the honour together with Piperno, who coached the Davis Cup workforce between 1991-2001 for 27 consecutive ties.
The 73-year-old Balram, a type of extraordinarily shy and non-controversial figures in Indian tennis, coached the Davis Cup groups in 1989 (South Korea) and 1990 (Japan).
He himself reached the junior Wimbledon and junior US Open quarterfinals in 1966.
That he has all the time most popular to steer clear of the limelight and work within the background is obvious from the truth that he has utilized for an award for the primary time.
He additionally established Balram Singh Belief to help proficient junior gamers. Balram is a member of the senior choice committee and likewise headed it prior to now.
His kids — Ashutosh Singh and Shalini Thakur — have additionally performed tennis at a very good stage. Whereas Ashutosh gained the Fenesta Nationals and was additionally a reserve participant within the Davis Cup aspect, Shalini has performed the Fed Cup.
The 59-year-old Piperno additionally has a formidable CV as he himself is an 1982 Asian Video games silver medallist was coach of India’s first Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi from 1997 to 2003 and likewise travelled for with legendary Leander Paes.
He was additionally coach of Indian Fed Cup workforce between 2000 and 2012 and the nationwide girls workforce on the Asian Video games in in Busan (2002), Doha (2006) and Guangzhou (2010).
Final yr former Davis Cup coach Nandan bal had gained the Dhyanchand award.