ISP Squash


  4th April 2004 at Hotel Tulip Star, Juhu, Mumbai

At the prize distribution held at Hotel Tulip Star from left to right: Supreet Singh (winner in men’s top 16 event), Chandrakant Pawar & Sanjay Goyal (winner in doubles event), Vicky Kalludi (sponsor), Mahendra Agarwal (Founder Director, ISP), Shiv Malhotra (Treasurer, SRAM), and  Riaz Mohammed, G.C.Dube (Health Club Manager)

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All Results :

Mens Top 16 Final:
Supreet Singh beat Rohan Gracias 11-15, 15-6, 15-5, 15-6

Supreet Singh (Otters Club) bt Vikram Malhotra (Otters Club) 17-16, 15-5
Rohan Gracias (Khar Gym) bt Sachin Jadhav (JVPG) 15-13, 15-13

Supreet Singh (Otters Club) bt Avinash Bhavnani (Otters) 15-3, 15-6
Vikram Malhotra (Otters Club) bt Amitpal Kohli (JVPG) 15-11, 11-15, 15-10
Sachin Jadhav (JVPG) bt Karan Bhatty (Otters) 15-9, 15-10
Rohan Gracias (Khar Gym) bt Anurag Gill (Otters) 17-15, 17-16

Doubles Final:
C.S.Pawar & Sanjay Goyal beat Avinash Bhavnani & Carl Bokdawala 15-11, 13-15, 11-15, 15-14, 15-10
Avinash Bhavnani & Carl Bokdawala beat Sashi Gupta & Hari Shehnawa
15-10, 15-13
C.S.Pawar & Sanjay Goyal beat Sunil Goel & Insp. Pathan 15-13, 15-13
Avinash Bhavnani & Carl Bokdawala (Otters) bt Rajesh Rajani & Dhiraj Nagpal (Khar Gym) 9-15, 15-11, 15-13
Sunil Goel & Insp. Pathan (Tulip Star) bt Mangesh Nadkarni & Nikhil Bhel (Otters) 9-15, 15-2, 15-6
C.S.Pawar & Sanjay Goyal (The Leela) bt Girish J. & Kishore Vanwani (Khar Gym) 6-15, 15-9, 15-14
Shashi Gupta & Harish S. (NMSA) bt Gopi Mohite & S. Lalchandani (B’bay Gym) 15-5, 10-15, 15-8


Press Articles of the tournament

Supreet Singh overcomes Rohan for title
(Article in Free Press Journal, Mumbai : 7/4/2004)

Otters Club’s Supreet Singh showed plenty of  grit and determination as he rallied in grand fashion to put it across Khar Gymkhana’s Rohan Gracias in four games in the men’s singles final of the Rs.50,000 prize money Tulip Star – ISP Doubles Squash Tournament, organised by the Indian Squash Professionals and played at the air-conditioned glass-backed squash courts of Hotel Tulip Star. 

Supreet, one of the players backed by the Squash Racquets Federation of India to play on the PSA circuit, struggled initially against Gracias, a relative newcomer to the game. He dropped the opening game, but fought back to win the next three games to record a 11-15, 15-6, 15-5, 15-6 win and take home the winner’s purse of Rs.6,000. Gracious had to be content with the runner-up cash prize of Rs.4,000. 

The doubles title round was a thriller with the pairing of C S Pawar and Sanjay Goyal edging out Avinash Bhavnani and Cral Bokdawala 15-11, 13-15, 11-15, 15-14, 15-10 for the top prize of Rs.10,000.


13th Road sports a new champion
(Article in Westside Plus, Mumbai : 21/4/2004)

Supreet Singh of Otters Club defeated Rohan Grasious of Khar Gymkhana in the Tulip Star – ISP Doubles Squash Tournament organised by the Indian Squash Professional. Even though Singh lost the first set 11-15, he fought his way to win the next three sets 15-6, 15-5, 15-6. 

“Even though I lost the first game, I always had a feeling of winning the match, as I was more fit than Rohan, so I knew that  at some stage of the match he would get tired,” he said. 

In  the quarter finals, Singh won over fellow club player Avinash Bhavnani. He won the game 15-3, 15-6. 

In the semi-finals, he trounced Vikram Malhotra. Singh won the first game by narrow margin of 17-16 and sailed his way to the best of three. 

“I can’t take Vikram lightly,” he said. “He played the first game really well and he won the points on his merit.” 

In the doubles final, nine time national champion Chandrakant Pawar, paired with Sanjay Goyal to defeat Avinash Bhavnani and Carl Bokdawala by 3-2. Pawar and Goyal won the first set 15-11. But, the next two sets went to opponents 13-15, 11-15. 

After this, the duo rallied convincingly by taking the next two sets 15-14 and 15-10 to spirit their way into another championship win.


Supreet to meet Gracious in final
(Article in Mid-Day, Mumbai : 5/4/2004)

Supreet Singh of Otters Club will clash with Khar Gymkhana’s Rohan Gracious in the men’s singles final of the Rs.50,000 prize money Tulip Star – ISP Doubles Squash Tournament, organised by Indian Squash Professionals. 

In the semi-finals at the glass-backed squash courts of hotel Tulip Star, Singh defeated club-mate Vikram Malhotra 17-16, 15-5, while Gracious was a 15-13, 15-13 winner over Juhu Vile Parle Gymkhana’s Sachin Jadhav. 

Vikram Malhotra, yet to turn 16, and one of the country’s future squash stars, put up a brave fight against the elder and stronger Supreet in the first game, managing to stay abreast in points and coming up with some great winners himself. However, the physical disparity told on the younger player in the second game, which he lost rather tamely.


Gill gobbles up Nagpal
(Article in Indian Express, Mumbai : 3/4/2004)

Khar Gymkhana’s Dhiraj Nagpal put up a brave show against established player Anurag Gill of Otters Club before losing in three games in the men’s pre-quarter-finals of the Rs.50,000 prize money Tulip Star – ISP Doubles Squash Tournament, organized by the Indian Squash Professionals at the air-conditioned glass-backed courts of the Hotel Tulip Star. Nagpal, a slow starter, lost the first game 11-15, but came into his own with some good shots in the second to win 15-13, before his heavier girth caused him to slow down in the decider, which he lost 9-15. Also going the distance was the match between Otter’s Club’s Avinash Bhavnani and The Leela’s Sanjay Pawar, with the former winning 15-9, 12-15, 15-9.