Kyra's father cries foul as Pune WTA organisers deny wildcard to India No 2
Mumbai-based India No 2 Kyra Shroff has been denied a wildcard in the main draw of the November 6-12 USD 1,25,000 WTA event at the Balewadi Sports Complex in Pune, leaving her father Firdaus fuming
In a strongly worded letter to the All-India Tennis Association, Shroff Sr claimed that both AITA & Maharshatra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA) have “ignored” his daughter “several times over in the past few years for no reason.”
“When a wildcard in our own country, where Kyra is ranked No 2, is not given, what more can one expect from you all? You have given me talks about about 2014 Asian Games, 2016 Olympics and the Fed Cup next year. But do you really think it will happen,” wrote Firdaus.
Tournament director Sundar Iyer though justified his decision. “Of the four wildcards in the main draw, it was decided to give two to the women’s winner and runner-up at the nationals (Prerna Bhambri and Rishika Sunkara). The other two will be given to players supported by the Lakhsya Group (organisers of the tournament),” Iyer said.