The second edition of the Annual Delhi Gymkhana Club CTC Invitational Tournament was held on March 1 – 2, 2014. Amongst the out-station clubs invited to participate were South Club Kolkatta, Oudh Gymkhana Club Lucknow, CCI Mumbai, and Chandigarh Club.
Being a large tennis fraternity, the host fielded three teams and the International Lawn Tennis Club of India entered two teams, whilst the outstation clubs fielded one team each. The format of the tournament was one men’s doubles team under 55 years, one over 55 and one mixed doubles with no age bar.
Normally early March in Delhi is the ideal time for grass court tennis, however due to unprecedented heavy rains 2 days prior to the event made the grass courts unplayable and forced the organisers to shift the play to the Plexi Cushion courts. Despite the constraints, the tournament was completed on time.
The tournament was a grand success, with over 50 men and 10 ladies taking part. The matches were held on a semi-league basis with teams from the South Club, Delhi Gymkhana ` A’ and `B’, and the IC `A’ teams reaching the semi-finals. South Club lost in the semi finals to IC `A’ team.
The final was played between the IC `A’ and the Delhi Gymkhana `A’ teams. In a closely contested finals the Delhi Gymkhana `A’ team emerged winners beating the IC `A’ team 3 – 0. The DGC winning team comprised of Mr.Pragun Poddar, Mr.Aditya Khanna, Mr.Arvinder Chhatwal , Mr. Raveen Chaudhry, and Mrs.Sangeeta Badhwar.
The tournament was enjoyed by all the participants, and the social events on the side-lines added to the gaiety of the occasion. In the absence of the President of Club, the Chairman of the outdoor sports committee Col.J.P.Singh gave away the prizes. The Secretary and the tennis staff of the Club deserve appreciation for the arrangements and hospitality extended to the participants.
The tournament Director for this year was Mr.C.M.Sharma, and the Organising Committee was chaired by Mr.Yogesh Prasad.