ISP Squash

Jindal’s Pro Masters


At Willingdon Sports Club, Mumbai : 24.1.1995


Chandrakant Pawar receiving the winners trophy from Mrs. Ugra along  with Kaiyoze Billimoria (president SRAM), Mr. Ugra (Vice-President of Jindal), Mahendra Agarwal & Anant More (runners-up)

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All Results:

Chandrakant Pawar beat Anant More

Chandrakant Pawar beat Ramesh More 10-8/9-6/9-4.
Anant More beat Gopi Mohite 9-5/9-6/9-4.

Ramesh More beat Prakash Yelve 9-7/5-9/9-6/9-4.

Gopi Mohite beat Sunil Verma 9-0/8-10/9-1/9-2.
C.S.Pawar beat Riaz Mohammed 9-5/9-5/6-9/9-7.
Anant More beat Santosh More 9-7/2-9/8-10/9-1/9-4


All Press Articles of tournament :  

Spoilt  spectators mar pro tourney
(Article in Mid-Day : 25/1/95)

Chandrakant Pawar, the National professional squash champion from the Leela Kempinski, was expected to win the Jindal Iron and Steel sponsored Pro-Masters Squash Tournament crown, however he had a hard time putting out Anant More (CCI).

This tournament was held at the Willingdon Club courts at Mahalaxmi with a Rs.40,000 prize-money in order to improve the status of these pros.

In his statement at the prize giving function, Jindal vice-president, R. N. Ugre, said professionals played a great role in only improving the performances of youngsters, but also in the moulding of the character of the youth they train.

What a pity Ugra was not there at the semi finals of this tournament where the trainees of these pros behaved obnoxiously.

There were three kids shouting to distract the concentration of Ramesh More, and even instructing the referee about ‘block’ and ‘no let’. These rich kids must be taught the basics of being sportsmen first and keeping their big mouths shut when matches are on. 

More goes down fighting to Pawar
(Article in Times of India : 24/1/95)

Chandrakant Pawar, of The Leela, was made to fight to all the way By the Cricket’s Club of India’s Anant More before he won the Jindal Pro-Masters squash title at he Willingdon Sports Club courts on Sunday Pawar was richer by Rs.7,000 in this this tournament for professionals (marker). It was his second title having won the Monarch title last year.

More played more strokes than his rival and won the first game 9-7. Pawar, the national champion, found the court a little slippery making it hard to pick up the drops and boast. But he adjusted as the match progressed, keeping the ball in play. Anant More began making unforced errors and faded away though he took the match to the decider. More got Rs.5,000 and the losing semi finalists Rs.2,500 each.

The plat event for first and second round losers was won by Baburao Salvi beatin D. Pandey.

Mr. R.N. Ugra, vice-president of Jindal Steel, the sponsors, said the professionals had a great role to play but also the character of the youngsters they coached at their clubs.

Thirty-two took part in this event conducted under the banner of the newly-formed Maharashtra Professionals Squash . 

Anant More in top form at Willingdon Sports Club
(Article in Bombay Eye : 21/1/95)

Anant More, turned the table at the Willingdon Sports Club yesterday in the Squash Pro-Master sponsored by Jindal Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. Organised by Maharashtra Squash Professionals. Anant More narrowly got through Santosh More by 3 games to 2 in the quarter finals at 9-7, 2-9, 8-10, 9-1, 9-4.

Earlier in the second round he beat B. Salvi in straight games. 9-4, 9-0, 9-7.

In an other quarter final match, Gopi S. Mohite overcome.

Sunil Verma in a thriller, 9-0, 8-10, 9-1, 9-2.

In the second round Mohite beat Prabhakar D in straight games, 9-1, 9-4, 9-8. Riaz Mohammed (Juhu Centaur), went down to ace player Chandrakant S. Pawar in an excited match by 0-3.

Riaz gave a tough fight in the third game when he was leading 4-0,7-6, and then lost at 7-9.

Earlier Riaz played against Pawar in the semi finals at the Calcutta Nationals but there too he lost to Pawar after leading 7-5 in the first game at 9-7, 9-4, 9-0.

According to the members of Squash Professionals it is being learnt that  the chief guest Sajjan Jindal proprietor of Jindal Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. Has assured to sponsor rupees five lakhs  for the next tournament.

Managing Director of Hotel Leela Kempinski’s Vivek Nair, had been the main sponsorer of Chandrakant Pawar, in providing the necessary sports requirement. 

Chandrakant Pawar claims Jindal Squaash Pro-Master’s title
(Article in Bombay Eye : 23/1/95)

Chandrakant Pawar of the Leela ad a tough time in beating his opponent Anant More (CCI) after being two set all.

The experienced Pawar beat his opponents in the five setter. The score being 6-9, 9-7, 9-5, 7-9, 9-3.

Pawar became richer by Rs.7,000. The runners-up got Rs.5,000. The losing Semi finalist Rs.2,500 each and all the players who participated got Rs.500. The total prize money was Rs.40,000. Sajjan Jindal the Managing Director of Jindal Iron & Steel Company Ltd., was the chief guest of the function and gave away the prizes.

 Bhandari stretches Sonawane
(Article Indian Express : 20/1/95)

Only one match went the distance as the squash Pro-Masters tournament, organized by the Maharashtra Squash Professionals and sponsored by Jindal Iron and Steel Co. Ltd. Began at the Willingdon Club, Mahalaxmi onThursday.

Vijay Sonawane rallied after dropping the first game to Sunil Bhandari 9-0 to take the next two 9-7, 9-5. Bhandari came back onto the matchby winning the fourth game 9-8, before Sonawane clinched the decider 9-6 to win the second round match.

Sonawane had a relatively easy first round victory over Devdas Tambe, winning 9-0, 9-3, 10-9.


More prize money for squash pros
(Article Times of India 17/1/95).

The unsung professionals (markers) of squash get anotherboost when a Rs.40,000 prize money tournament to be staged at the Willingdon Sports Club, Mahalaxmi, from January 19 to 22. It will be sponsored by Jindal’s Iron and Steel Company.

One of the organizers, Mr. Sajjan Jindal, said all the leading professionals of the city and few from outside will be taking part. This event will be organized by the newly-formed Maharashtra Squash Professionals Association which has the country’s national professionals champion, Chandrakant Pawar, of The Leela as its president and Rajan Chandorkar (The Leela) as the general secretary.

The first Pro Masters were sponsored by Monarch and Mudra, who staged a series of tournaments in the suburbs thanks to drive of Pawar and Mahendra Agarwal.

There followed the suburban tournament, the Transworld tournament for pros and juniors and another suburban tournament. Then came the first ever doubles tournament of  Timmy Builders and Monarch.

The Kanakia – Leela handicap tournament preceded the Pro-Masters of Monarch which had prize money to the tune of Rs.25,000. The amount for the Jindal tournament is Rs.15,000 more that. The sponsores also plan to set aside a corpus for the benefit of the professionals who undergo hardships when having to play in tournaments outside the city.


Title for Pawar
 (Indian Express : 23/1/95)

Forty year old Chandrakant Pawar of The Leela, the national professional champion further enhanced his status as the best  pro on the squash scene when he defied age and called on his vast exeperience to quell the challenge of younger rival Anant More of CCI in the final of the Pro Masters squash tournament, organized by the Maharshtra Squash Professionals and sponsored by  Jindal Iron & Steel Co. Ltd.

In the final at the Willingdon Club, Mahalaxmi on Sunday, Pawar prevailed in five games at 6-9, 9-7, 9-5, 7-9, 9-3 to take home the winner’s purse of Rs.7,000.


Pawar More Final
(Article in Times of India)

Chandrakant Pawar was heading for his second professionals title when he entered the final of the Jindal Pro Masters at the Willingdon Sports Club today. Pawar beat Ramesh More of Bombay Gymkhana 10-8, 9-6, 9-4. Anant More, of the Cricket Club of India, put out second seed Gopi Mohite 9-5, 9-6,and 9-4.


8th Tournament Organised by ISP