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Salman Khan kickstarts Ganesh Naik Intl Women’s Tennis Championship at Vashi

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The 3rd edition of Ganesh Naik International Women’s Tennis Championship 2015 kicked off with much fanfare and grandeur with the presence of Bollywood’s star Salman Khan. The official ceremony commenced at the Navi Mumbai Sports Association’s tennis courts in Vashi.

Salman Khan, along with NCP leader Ganesh Naik, flagged off the championship by releasing yellow balloons with a prize of $25,000. The event also saw some entertainment extravaganza and parade.

During the event, Salman Khan said that he was very close to Ganesh Naik and he got to learn a lot from the former minister.

Praising the way in which Navi Mumbai progressed under the vision of Ganesh Naik, Salman Khan said, “I am proud to be now a resident of Navi Mumbai”. He further praised the participation of the players in the tournament and commended Ganesh Naik on organising such an event.
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Others also present during the event was Airoli MLA Sandeep Naik, NCP State General secretary Sanjeev Naik and former Mayor Sagar Naik.
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NCP leader Ganesh Naik said, “We usually saw tournaments for male players and that this why this time I wanted to provide an opportunity to the women players through this championship tournament.”
Speaking on the presence of the mega-star, Ganesh Naik said,” Salman Khan is a very close friend of mine. Amongst all the actors of Bollywood, if there is one superstar, that is only Salman Khan”.
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Some top names in the list of the tournament include Anikita Raina from India, Nina Stojanovic of Serbia and this edition’s top seed Jiu Jing Lu of China.¬†Over 233 players withdrew from the race, leaving 86 in the fray including 19 in main draw, 25 in qualifying rounds and 42 in alternate qualifying round.

 

 

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