Amritraj expresses concern at lack of system in Indian tennis

first_imgKolkata, Dec 16 (PTI) Indian tennis great Vijay Amritraj is “worried” at the future of the sport in the country with no one after the likes of Sania Mirza, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi able to make a mark at the world stage.The trio have been the flagbearers of Indian tennis for decades and theres been a huge void after them.In the Davis Cup, India have not able to go past the play-offs in last four years, losing to Serbia, the Czech Republic, Spain and Canada in last four yearsThese were today highlighted by Amritraj, an Indian member of the Davis Cup team who made the finals in 1974 and 1987.”Just look at the facts and we have to be worried. We have not won any medals in Rio, we have not made the world group stage in Davis Cup in Fed Cup,” the 64-year-old player- turned-commentator said on the sidelines of the Premjit Lall Invitational Tennis tournament here.”So the question: Is there a system available to be able to provide that? Like Sania in todays environment, is difficult to emulate by todays boys and girls.””Eventually we need a system in place, like what Australia and Spain do, if we want to compete outside. We are fine if we are competing only at domestic level. But we truly need a system if we want to compete outside,” he said.In the city for the first time in over three decades, the California-based Amritraj said: “Its been a long time.”advertisement”Ive some fond memories of Kolkata, having started my career winning the National Championships. It brings back great memories,” a two-time quarterfinalists in both Wimbledon and Australian Open said. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Baleària Inks LongTerm LNG Bunkering Deal

first_imgzoom Spanish ferry operator Baleària has signed the first permanent LNG bunkering contract for ship propulsion in Spain with compatriot energy company Gas Natural Fenosa.The parties said that the supply deal, signed on January 18, will be exclusive for 10 years and will initially apply to the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras. It would then extended to all the peninsular ports operated by the shipping company together with the entire new fleet powered by this fuel committed to using LNG as an ecological fuel.For LNG bunkering services in Barcelona, the company will have a ship assigned to the operations at the port. In the case of Valencia and Algeciras, both companies are already developing a land-based solution.The contract between the energy company and Baleària is the first permanent, multi-system bunkering contract for LNG ship propulsion signed in the Iberian Peninsula.“We are currently building the first two ships powered by this clean energy to operate in the Mediterranean. The first is scheduled to come into operation at the beginning of this year, which makes us pioneers in the use of LNG,” Adolfo Utor, the president of Baleària, said.last_img read more

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