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Maharashtra tennis body to conduct over 80 meets in 4 months

MAHARASHTRA State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) is to conduct over 80 tournaments across the state between September and December. 

Announcing the schedule for the second part of 2015, MSLTA Secretary Sunder Iyer said the association and its affiliates would be hosting six international level events, 12 Super Series, 23 Championship Series and 11 talent Series. 

It would also conduct a 15-tournament state ranking circuit for Under 10, 10-tournament circuit for men and women and a circuit of ten veterans tournaments. 

The Premier Tennis League (PTL) would also be organised at the end of the year, said Iyer, adding ten new cities in Maharashtra would be a part of the circuit. 

Iyer said that the six international events with a prize money of around USD 1,15,000 would include the USD 50,000 KPIT-MSLTA ATP Challenger to be held at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune between October 24 and 31. 

Mumbai's Cricket Club of India would be hosting the USD 15,000 men's ITF tournament from November 2, while Navi Mumbai Sports Association would be hosting the USD 25,000 ITF women's championships at Vashi between December 12 and 18. 

This will be followed by the USD 25,000 NECC ITF women's championships to be organised by Pune's Deccan Gymkhana from December 19-26. 

An ITF Grade 3 junior championships would also be organised by PYC Hindu Gymkhana in Pune from November 28 to December 6. 

MSLTA would also host the MSLTA-Yonex Under 14 Nationals at the EMMTC Centre in Aurangabad from November 2, apart from Walchand Cup Under-16 National Series at Deccan Gymkhana, Pune from November 16. 

The association would conduct 12 Super Series events in the Under 12, 14, 16 and 18 categories at Mumbai, Pune, Navi Mumbai, Nashik, Kolhapur, Nagpur, Solapur and Nanded.

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