RIYADH, May 4 The promising Ashwin Kumar added another feather to
his string of victories when he overpowered fighting Arsalan Khan in two hours and thirty
minutes final to capture the first junior Nike tennis Challenge Cup at the hotel
Winner of the last U-14 King Faisal school Open held in Diplomatic Quarters, the champion
who has been trained at John Newcombe Academy, USA and Bhupati Village in Bangalore, India
won the first set 6-4 after leading 5-1.
Again in the second, the victor shot into 5-0 lead but Arsalan who has an excellent
forehand fought back nicely but Ashwin played wisely to emerge victorious with an
identical margin. Earlier, in their march forward, he beat Wassim Rahal 6-2, 6-0 and Peter
Horan 6-0, 6-0 while Arsalan down Ali Naamani 6-2, 6-3 and Hassan Ahmed 6-1, 6-1.
For the consolation plate honor, it was Aamer Javed who after a lengthy battle down Hassan
Mougharbel 2-6, 6-3, 7-3 (tie break) to clinch the trophy here.
In the quarterfinals earlier, Aamer beat Hassan Sheabah 6-1, 6-2; Hasan set aside Ahmed
Kalo 6-2, 6-0; Muhammed Naamani down Motassim Malek 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 and Omar Khan eliminated
Ziad Al Jamaan 6-2, 6-2. In the semifinals, Aamer stopped Naamani 6-2, 6-3 and Hasan
outplayed Khan 6-2, 6-0.
The climax was witnessed by the chief guest Abdullah Al Dossary of Sports Ghornatah, the
agent of Nike products in the Kingdom and the main sponsor of the event. The other
co-supporters were Jarir Book Store, Avis Rent-A-Car, Pepsi and hotel Intercontinental.
The organizers and the technical committee which managed the show composed of Gunter
Grigoliet, Mark Stanley, Tariq Javed, Muhammed Saeed, Khurshid Ahmed, Salman Khan and
Abdul Karim Naamani.
In his winding speech, Stanley paid tribute to Nike for their contribution towards the
game of tennis in the Kingdom in general and particularly to this first junior gala. He
also aired words of thanks to the organizing, technical, umpire committees and specially
Tariq Javed for their great support in making this gala end successfully.