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The Leela - Switchers Masters by Invitation for Top-16

  At Hotel The Leela, Mumbai: 19.12.1997
   


At the prize distribution function held at Hotel The Leela from left to right: Vijay Gautam (Collector, Mumbai District), Mrs. Lakhanpal (Chief Guest), Vivek Nair (MD, The Leela) & Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP),  with the Winner (Manish Chotrani) & Runner-up (Akhil Behl).

 

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All Results :

Finals:
Manish Chotrani beat Akhil Behl 15-10, 15-14, 8-15, 15-8

Semi Finals:
Manish Chotrani beat Paul Ferreira 15-6, 15-7, 15-9
Akhil Behl beat Gaurav Juneja 15-3, 15-6, 15-10

Quarter Finals:
Manish Chotrani beat Darius Surti 15-10, 15-5, 15-5
Gaurav Juneja beat Parth Doshi 15-12, 15-7, 15-12
Akhil Behl beat Awish Jaiswal 15-10, 15-13
Paul Ferreira beat Jatin Mehta 15-10, 15-13, 13-15, 16-17, 15-7

 

Press Articles of tournament : 

  Chotrani breaks jinx, beats Akhil foor title
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 21/12/1997) 

Manish Chotrani finally broke a jinx. Time and again he has lost in the finals of a tournament, but on Friday he defeated Akhil Behl in four games to win The Leela Switcher Squash Masters. Chotrani prevailed 15-10, 15-4, 8-15 and 15-8 in exactly one hour.

The 26year old who plays at the Khar Gymkhana has often lost to Akhil Behl, but this time around he managed to turn the tables. Chotrani had gone down to Behl in a thriller at the State Open final played at Bombay Gymkhana last month.

Behl was totally off –colour making numerous error. His drop repeatedly found the tin and he was late to the ball from the back court. 

 

Leela – Switcher Squash from today
(Article in Asian Age, Mumbai : 18/12/1997)

The Leela Switcher Squash Masters, a two day, eight player knockout tournament, commences at The Leela from December 18. The Leela, a five star deluxe hotel, and Switcher, a Swiss based knitwear company are jointly sponsoring the tournament which carries a total prize money of Rs.25,000 with the winners taking home a cheque of Rs.7,500 and the runners-up Rs.5,000.

The matches will be played at the glass backed, air-conditioned squash courts at the Health & Fitness Racquet Centre of The Leela. The tournament will be played on a knock-out basis among the top eight players, who are participating by invitation only. The eight players who have qualified for the main draw, from a konck-out tournament between 16 players in the preliminary round are Akhil Behl, Manish Chotrani, Gaurav Juneja, Jatin Mehta, Parth Doshi, Awish Jaiswal, Darius Surti and Paul Ferreira. Promising Mumbai players like Abhijit Kukreja, Rohan Juneja and Amit Pal Kohli, however failed to win a berth in the last eight round, going down in the preliminary round.

 

Jatin Mehta stretches Paul Ferreira
(Article in Asian Age, Mumbai : 19/12/1997)

Paul Ferreira made heavy weather of his quarter final against Jatin Mehta in the Leela Switchers Squash Masters, organized by Indian Squash Professionals, in the air-conditioned glass back court at The Leela on Thursday. Two games up, the third seeded Ferreira perhaps got a bit complacent. He narrowly lost the third and then the fourth as well but convincingly asserted himself in the decider.

The three other fancied players in the eight-player invitation event carrying a total prize money of Rs.25,000, were through without much of a sweat. In the semi-finals, Paul Ferreira meets Manish Chotrani while Akhil Behl plays Gaurav Juneja. The quarter finalists got Rs.1500 each while the semi finalists have assured themselves of Rs.3000 each.

 

Parth Doshi stuns Rohan Juneja
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 18/12/1997)

Parth Doshi caused a surprise when he knocked out Rohan Juneja in a Preliminary round match of The Leela-Switcher Squash Masters. Parth won 15-12, 15-9, 12-15, 13-15,  15-10.

Rohan’s win Gaurav fared better when he downed Niraj Shirgaokar  in four games. The scores were 15-11, 9-15, 15-12, 15-13. Amitpal Kohli took seasoned Awish Jaiswal to five games. Jaiswal prevailed 10-15, 15-10, 11-15, 15-9, 15-12. Junior Abhijit Kukreja gave Jatin Mehta a fright. Mehta needed five games to win 15-12, 0-15, 15-11,13-15, 15-13.

The main draw of the tournament which features eight players will be played on Thursday and Friday. The eight who have qualified from the knockout tournament are Akhil Behl, Manish Chotrani, Gaurav Juneja, Jatin Mehta, Parth Doshi, Awish Jaiswal, Darius Surti and Paul Ferreira.

Switcher, a Swiss based knitwear company, are promoting the game of squash for the first time. The total prize-money for the tournament is Rs.25,000.

 

Chotrani Triumphs
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 21/12/1997)

Manish Chotrani won the first major title of the year defeating Akhil Behl The Leela-Switcher Squash Masters finals at The Leela court, Sahar, today.

In the third set, Behl came back strongly and finished the set with losing eight points. But in the fourth set, Chotrani didn’t game Behl a chance to get advantage and finished the match.

 

Ferreira struggles
(Article in Times of India, Mumbai : 19/12/1997)

Paul Ferreira made heavy weather of his quarter-final against Jatin Mehta in the The Leela-Switcher Squash Masters organized by Indian Squash Professionals at the air-conditioned glass back court at The Leela on Thursday.

Two games up, The third seeded Ferreira perhaps got a bit complacent. He narrowly lost the third and then fourth as well, but convincingly asserted himself in the decider. Ferreira won 15-10, 15-13, 13-15, 16-17, 15-7.

Three other fancied players in the eight-players in the eight-player invitation event carrying a total of Rs. 25,000 in prize money were through without much on sweat.

In the semi-finals, Paul Ferreira meets Manish Chotrani while Akhil Behl plays Gaurav Juneja. The quarter-finalists got Rs.1,500 each while the semi-finalists assured themselves of Rs.3,000.  

 

24th Tournament Organised by ISP

 

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